I would as soon put a girl alone into a closet to meditate as give her only the society of her needle.
We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.
I was a little doubtful about the propriety of going to the Mammoth Cave without a gentleman escort, but if two ladies travel alone they must have the courage of men.
We travel to learn; and I have never been in any country where they did not do something better than we do it, think some thoughts better than we think, catch some inspiration from heights above our own.
Yesterday I had a Shaker visitor, and today a Catholic; and the more I see and hear, the less do I care about church doctrines.
I am always the better for open-air breathing, and was certainly meant for the wandering life of the Indian.
Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.
We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
To read a book, to think it over, and to write out notes is a useful exercise; a book which will not repay some hard thought is not worth publishing.
I had, early in life, a love for staging, but it is fast dying out. Nine hours over a rough road are enough to root out the most passionate love of that kind.
Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe.
The love of one's own sex is precious, for it is neither provoked by vanity nor retained by flattery; it is genuine and sincere.
People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear.
We especially need imagination in science.
The world of learning is so broad, and the human soul is so limited in power!
I saw, in looking over Cooper, elements of a comet of 1825 which resemble what I get out for this, from my own observations, but I cannot rely upon my own.
I have worn myself thin trying to find out about this comet, and I know very little now in the matter.
As a general rule, people disappoint you as you know them.
The eye that directs a needle in the delicate meshes of embroidery will equally well bisect a star with the spiderweb of the micrometer.
I made observations for three hours last night, and am almost ill today from fatigue; still I have worked all day, trying to reduce the places, and mean to work hard again tonight.
There is something of the same pleasure in noticing the hues of the stars that there is in looking at a flower garden in autumn.
The best that can be said of my life so far is that it has been industrious and the best that can be said of me is that I have not pretended to what I was not.
A young sailor boy came to see me to-day. It pleases me to have these lads seek me on their return from their first voyage, and tell me how much they have learned about navigation.
The Southern character is opposed to haste. Safety is of more worth than speed, and there is no hurry.
I am just through with a summer, and a summer is to me always a trying ordeal.
It is sad to see a woman sacrificing the ties of the affections even to do good.
The best that can be said of my life so far is that it has been industrious, and the best that can be said of me is that I have not pretended to what I was not.
A young sailor boy came to see me today. It pleases me to have these lads seek me on their return from their first voyage, and tell me how much they have learned about navigation.
I have just gone over my comet computations again, and it is humiliating to perceive how very little more I know than I did seven years ago when I first did this kind of work.
I am just learning to notice the different colors of the stars, and already begin to have a new enjoyment.
Altogether, St. Louis is a growing place, and the West has a large hand and a strong grasp.
I was born, for instance, incapable of appreciating music.
Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.