The relations of the soul to the divine spirit are so pure that it is profane to seek to interpose helps. The force of character is cumulative. Why should we assume the faults of our friend, or wife, or father, or child, because they sit around our hearth, or are said to have the same blood? He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Its presence or its absence is all we can affirm. In Thebes, in Palmyra, his will and mind have become old and dilapidated as they.
It loses your time and blurs the impression of your character. If any man consider the present aspects of what is called by distinction society, he will see the need of these ethics, The sinew and heart of man seem to be drawn out, and we are become timorous desponding whimperers. If any one imagines that this law is lax, let him keep its commandment one day. There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. There is no for this. That popular fable of the sot who was picked up dead drunk in the street, carried to the duke's house, washed and dressed and laid in the duke's bed, and, on his waking, treated with all obsequious ceremony like the duke, and assured that he had been insane—owes its popularity to the fact that it symbolizes so well the state of man, who is in the world a sort of sot, but now and then wakes up, exercises his reason and finds himself a true prince.
As great a stake depends on your private act today as followed their public and renowned steps. I have no objection to the circumnavigation of the globe for the purposes of art, of study, and benevolence, so that the man is first domesticated, or does not go abroad with the hope of finding somewhat greater than he knows. There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on the plot of ground which is given him to till. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. The man must be so much, that he must make all circumstances indifferent.
It can never be so. Meantime nature is not slow to equip us in the prison-uniform of the party to which we adhere. Many of his theories were disputed because they were radically new and challenged the prevailing cosmology. The Scipionism of Scipio is precisely that part he could not borrow. Traveling is a fool's paradise.
Yet see what strong intellects dare not yet hear God himself unless he speak the phraseology of I know not what David, or Jeremiah, or Paul. Few and mean as my gifts may be, I actually am, and do not need for my own assurance or the assurance of my fellows any secondary testimony. You must court him; he does not court you. All the of his will are rounded in by the law of his being, as the inequalities of the Andes and Himmaleh are insignificant in the curve of the sphere. Always the soul hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may. In the hour of vision, there is nothing that can be called gratitude, nor properly joy. Their mind being whole, their eye is as yet unconquered, and when we look in their faces, we are disconcerted.
Vast spaces of nature, the Atlantic Ocean, the South Sea,--long intervals of time, years, centuries,--are of no account. Who has more soul than I masters me, though he should not raise his finger. The same particle does not rise from the valley to the ridge. I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated. Our own truth may divide us, but this division may serve as some form of validation.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk by us still. In that deep force, the last fact behind which analysis cannot go, all things find their common origin. Yet is the discontent of the multitude more formidable than that of the senate and the college. There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. In Thebes, in Palmyra, his will and mind have become old and dilapidated as they.
I will not hide my tastes or aversions. You will soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. I tell thee, thou foolish philanthropist, that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. But compare the health of the two men and you shall see that his strength, the white man has lost. My life should be unique; it should be an alms, a battle, a conquest, a medicine.
Why then do we prate of self-reliance? Their every truth is not quite true. Who can thus lose all pledge and, having observed, observe again from the same unaffected, unbiased, unbribable, innocence, must always be formidable, must always engage the poet's and the man's regards. The muscles, not spontaneously moved but moved by a low usurping wilfulness, grow tight about the outline of the face, and make the most disagreeable sensation; a sensation of rebuke and warning which no brave young man will suffer twice. The gods love him because men hated him. Then, again, do not tell me, as a good man did today, of my obligation to put all poor men in good situations. The church accused him twice of heresy for his controversial findings.