Who knows what sort of life would result if we had attained to purity? If I knew so wise a man as could teach me purity I would go to seek him forthwith.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Why will not men oftener advertise me of musical thoughts? The singer is in the attitude of one inviting the muse,—aspiring.—Journal, 19 May 1856
You cannot hear music and noise at the same time.—Journal, 27 April 1854
You glide along the distant wood-side, full of joy and expectation, seeing nothing but beauty, hearing nothing but music, as free as the fox-colored sparrow . . .—Journal27 January 1858
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