A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Quotes – My Favorites

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”
Naguib Mahfouz

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
Andre Gide, The Counterfeiters

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”

“It is what we aspire to be that colours our characters—and it is our trying, not just our succeeding, which ennobles them.”
A.C. Grayling, Meditations for the Humanist

“My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. 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.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” 
Shakespeare, Hamlet

“Check this lying hospitality and lying affection. Live no longer to the expectation of these deceived and deceiving people with whom we converse. Say to them, ‘O father, O mother, O wife, O brother, O friend, I have lived with you after appearances hitherto. Henceforward I am the truth’s. Be it known unto you that henceforward I obey no law less than the eternal law. I will have no covenants but proximities. I shall endeavor to nourish my parents, to support my family, to be the chaste husband of one wife, —but these relations I must fill after a new and unprecedented way. I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own. I do this not selfishly but humbly and truly. It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men’s, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth. Does this sound harsh to-day? 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.” –But so may you give these friends pain. Yes, but I cannot sell my liberty and my power, to save their sensibility. Besides, all persons have their moments of reason, when they look out into the region of absolute truth; then will they justify me and do the same thing.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”

“The less a man knows about the past and present the more insecure must be his judgment of the future.”
Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

“No two artists reveal to us exactly the same world, just as no two windows do.”
John Gardner, The Art of Fiction

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