We shall look on crime as a disease, and its physicians shall displace the judges, its hospitals displace the galleys. Liberty and health shall be alike. We shall pour balm and oil where we formerly applied iron and fire; evil will be treated in charity, instead of in anger. This change will be simple and sublime.
Therefore was i created with a stubborn outside, with an aspect of iron, that when i come to woo ladies, i fright them. But, in faith, kate, the elder i wax, the better i shall appear. My comfort is that old age, that ill layer-up of beauty, can do no more spoil upon my face. Thou hast me, if thou hast me, at the worst, and thou shalt wear me, if thou wear me, better and better.
Debt, grinding debt, whose iron face the widow, the orphan, and the sons of genius fear and hate; debt, which consumes so much time, which so cripples and disheartens a great spirit with cares that seem so base, is a preceptor whose lessons cannot be foregone, and is needed most by those who suffer from it most.
My rule has been, so far as i could have any rule (i could have no cast-iron rule) - my rule has been, to write what i have to say the best way i can - then lay it aside - taking it up again after some time and reading it afresh - the mind new to it. if there's no jar in the new reading, well and good - that's sufficient for me.
For a moment my soul was elevated from its debasing and miserable fears to which these sights were the monuments and the remembrances. For an instant i dared to shake off my chains, and look around me with a free and lofty spirit; but the iron had eaten into my flesh, and i sank again, trembling and hopeless, into my miserable self.
A man's usefulness depends on his living up to his ideals insofar as he can. it is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. all daring and courage, all iron endurance of misfortune, make for a finer, nobler type of manhood. only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life.