"Proverbs, like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the intuitions."
"Fear is an instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolutions."
"He is base -- and that is the one base thing in the universe -- to receive favors and to render none."
"As long as all that is said is said against me, I feel a certain assurance of success. But as soon as honeyed words of praise are spoken for me, I feel as one that lies unprotected before his enemies."
-- Emerson, "Compensation"