The best men, doing their best,
Know peradventure least of what they do:
Men usefullest i’ the world are simply used;
The nails that hold the wood must pierce it first,
And He alone who wields the hammer sees
The work advanced by the earliest blow.
Elizabeth B. Browning
ONE thing we cannot fail to notice; that a return to simple, undisguised affections,— to natural and veracious speech,—to earnest and inartificial life,—has characterized every great and noble period, and all morally powerful and venerable men.
THE unremitting retention of simple and high sentiments in obscure duties is hardening the character to that temper which will work with honour, if need be, in the tumult, or on the scaffold.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
ONE never mounts so high as when one knows not whither one is going.