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"I am sure of this, that by going much alone a man will get more of a noble courage in thought and word than from all the wisdom that is in books."
"In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity."
"Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance."
"A chief event in life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us."
"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your reactions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
"It is not length of life, but depth of life."
"The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers; a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer swing and play to the confined powers."
"The things taught in colleges and schools are not an education, but the means of education."
"We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing."