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By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
How wonderful is death! Death and his brother sleep.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words.
The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility.
Razors pain you; rivers are damp; acids stain you; and drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; nooses give; gas smells awful; you might as well live.
No one is promiscuous in his way of dying. A man who has decided to hang himself will never jump in front of a train.
To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.
All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them.
We live in a world ruled by fictions of every kind -- mass merchandising, advertising, politics conducted as a branch of advertising, the instant translation of science and technology into popular imagery, the increasing blurring and intermingling of identities within the realm of consumer goods, the preempting of any free or original imaginative response to experience by the television screen. We live inside an enormous novel. For the writer in particular it is less and less necessary for him to invent the fictional content of his novel. The fiction is already there. The writer's task is to invent the reality.
The first requisite for immortality is death.
A wise man's day is worth a fool's life.
Rich people without wisdom and learning are but sheep with golden fleeces.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal.
A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God himself culminates in the present moment and will never be more divine in the lapse of the ages. Time is but a stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it, but when I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away but eternity remains.
Luxury! more perilous to youth than storms or quicksand, poverty or chains.
The worst vessel a man can fill is his stomach
Being a funny person does an awful lot of things to you. You feel that you mustn't get serious with people. They don't expect it from you, and they don't want to see it. You're not entitled to be serious, you're a clown, and they only want you to make them laugh.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.
To get rich never risk your health. For it is the truth that health is the wealth of wealth.
Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
One approaches the journey's end. But the end is a goal, not a catastrophe.
It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.
Grief can't be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.
Grief is only the memory of widowed affections.
Nothing becomes so offensive so quickly as grief. When fresh it finds someone to console it, but when it becomes chronic, it is ridiculed, and rightly.
Regret for time wasted can become a power for good in the time that remains, if we will only stop the waste and the idle, useless regretting.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
It is useless to send armies against ideas.
It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.
Very simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
If that vital spark that we find in a grain of wheat can pass unchanged through countless deaths and resurrections, will the spirit of man be unable to pass from this body to another?
You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.
They understand but a little who understand only what can be explained.
When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.
Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.
He whom God has touched will always be a being apart: he is, whatever he may do, a stranger among men; he is marked by a sign.
The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.
We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.
Everything without tells the individual that he is nothing; everything within persuades him that he is everything.
Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.
Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. [Proverbs 17:28]
There are times when silence has the loudest voice.
Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
The desire of the lazy kill him; for his hands refuse to labor. [Proverbs 21:25]
He who desires but does not act, breeds pestilence.
Love blinds us to faults, but hatred blinds us to virtues.
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.
A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.
It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain; and some of our grieves... have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.
Take care of your of your life and the Lord will take of your death.
If your time ain't come not even a doctor can kill you.
Virtue alone has majesty in death.
No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil.
To a father, when a child dies, the future dies; to a child when a parent dies, the past dies.
Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.
Death is the great adventure beside which moon landings and space trips pale into insignificance.
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. [Matthew 10:28]
Those who have lived a good life do not fear death, but meet it calmly, and even long for it in the face of great suffering. But those who do not have a peaceful conscience, dread death as though life means nothing but physical torment. The challenge is to live our life so that we will be prepared for death when it comes.
To fear death is to misunderstand life.
When death overtakes us; all that we have is left to others; all that we are we take with us.
A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin.
If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you'll die a lot of times.
Death is a Dialogue between, the Spirit and the Dust.
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.
If I had my life over again I should form the habit of nightly composing myself to thoughts of death. I would practice, as it were, the remembrance of death. There is no other practice which so intensifies life. Death, when it approaches, ought not to take one by surprise. It should be part of the full expectancy of life. Without an ever-present sense of death life is insipid. You might as well live on the whites of eggs.
In my end is my beginning.
Authority forgets a dying king.
Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.
Death is not a period, but a comma in the story of life.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. [1 Timothy 6:7]
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. [1 Corinthians 15:26]
How long after you are gone will ripples remain as evidence that you were cast into the pool of life?
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
And what the dead had no speech for, when living, they can tell you, being dead: the communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.
Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.
It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men all live in a city without walls.
Remember man as you walk by, as you are now so once was I, as I am now, so you will be, so prepare for death and follow me.
But learn that to die is a debt we must all pay.
Death is the only inescapable, unavoidable, sure thing. We are sentenced to die the day we're born.
To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?
When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
Though it be in the power of the weakest arm to take away life, it is not in the strongest to deprive us of death.
I'd rather die while I'm living then live while I'm dead.
The fear of death is worse than death.
Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, and yet a third of life is passed in sleep.
I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain.
Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying.
When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language.
Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.
Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.
Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
The devil is the author of confusion.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth. [Mathew 6:2-3]
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.
Love is shown in your deeds, not in your words.
Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion.
Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little death.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Many might go to Heaven with half the labor they go to hell.
A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
How much of human life is lost in waiting.
Who is mightier than death? Those who can smile when death threatens.
And all the winds go sighing, for sweet things dying.
Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.
Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.
Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.
Solitude is as needed to the imagination as society is wholesome to the character.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression.
The mark of solitude is silence, as speech is the mark of community. Silence and speech have the same inner correspondence and difference as do solitude and community. One does not exist without the other. Right speech comes out of silence, and right silence comes out of speech.

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