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Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb about.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Hope is a waking dream.
The secret to humor is surprise.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.
I hate intellectuals. They are from the top down. I am from the bottom up.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Let the people know the truth and the country is safe.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my ax.
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when the sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was orphan.
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.
I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.
I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm-blooded to fall into this vice.
A Government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
I know that the LORD is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the LORDS side.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
A person of intellect without energy added to it, is a failure.
Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.
Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
If you aren't fired up with enthusiasm, you'll be fired with enthusiasm.
If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.
It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you've got to have is faith and discipline when you're not yet a winner.
You've got to be in top physical condition. Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle -- victorious.
Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged by only one thing -- the result.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.
Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.
Intelligence is that faculty of mind, by which order is perceived in a situation previously considered disordered.
A man should be upright, not be kept upright.
It is far better to be trusted and respected that it is to be liked.
The slow man with integrity will ultimately catch the swift one who has none.
The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, But quickly to see how to make them good.
It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.
It's good to be clever, but not to show it.
Achievement is not the most important thing -- Authenticity is
The glue that holds all relationships together -- including the relationship between the leader and the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity.
In great matters men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are.
There is always room for those who can be relied upon to delivery the goods when they say they will.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
Integrity is praised and then left out in the cold.
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.
The person who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.
Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men love to praise, but are slow to practice it. To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage.
It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.
A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.
You don't need intelligence to have luck, but you do need luck to have intelligence.

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