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True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks.

The crowning blessing of life is to be born with a bias to some pursuit.
Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
A faithful friend is the medicine of life.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.
Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.
The eloquent man is he who is no eloquent speaker, but who is inwardly drunk with a certain belief.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
A day for toil, an hour for sport, but for a friend is life too short.
Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
The best efforts of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.
Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being?
Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness -- an open and noble temper.
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
The only gift is a portion of thyself.
Accept your genius and say what you think.
The chief mourner does not always attend the funeral.
What then in love can woman do? If we grow fond they shun us. And when we fly them, they pursue: But leave us when they've won us.
Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.
Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.
When one has come to accept a certain course as duty he has a pleasant sense of relief and of lifted responsibility, even if the course involves pain and renunciation. It is like obedience to some external authority; any clear way, though it lead to death, is mentally preferable to the tangle of uncertainty.
A lady of what is commonly called an uncertain temper -- a phrase which being interpreted signifies a temper tolerably certain to make everybody more or less uncomfortable.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.
Life is too precious to be spent in this weaving and unweaving of false impressions, and it is better to live quietly under some degree of misrepresentation than to attempt to remove it by the uncertain process of letter-writing.
Most plans are just inaccurate predictions.
Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.
There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
Our passions do not live apart in locked chambers but dress in their small wardrobe of notions, bring their provisions to a common table and mess together, feeding out of the common store according to their appetite.
To hide a passion totally (or even to hide, more simply, its excess) is inconceivable: not because the human subject is too weak, but because passion is in essence made to be seen: the hiding must be seen: I want you to know that I am hiding something from you, that is the active paradox I must resolve: at one and the same time it must be known and not known: I want you to know that I don't want to show my feelings: that is the message I address to the other.
Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.
Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.
All love is sweet, Given or returned. Common as light is love, And its familiar voice wearies not ever. They who inspire is most are fortunate, As I am now: but those who feel it most Are happier still.
His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.
Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age.
Mountains are to the rest of the body of the earth, what violent muscular action is to the body of man. The muscles and tendons of its anatomy are, in the mountain, brought out with force and convulsive energy, full of expression, passion, and strength.
The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
Why does a virtuous man take delight in the landscapes? Because the din of the dusty world and the locked-in-ness of human habitations are what human nature habitually abhors; while on the contrary, haze, mist, and the haunting spirits of the mountains are what human nature seeks, and yet can rarely find.
Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations.
Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite.
A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
Like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colors are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.
The struggle of the male to learn to listen to and respect his own intuitive, inner prompting is the greatest challenge of all. His conditioning has been so powerful that it has all but destroyed his ability to be self-aware.
We're all stumbling towards the light with varying degrees of grace at any given moment.
The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; to forego even ambition when the end is gained -- who can say this is not greatness?
All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one...characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.
As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.
Separate from the pleasure of your company, I don't much care if I never see another mountain in my life.
When delicate and feeling souls are separated, there is not a feature in the sky, not a movement of the elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but hints some cause for a lover's apprehension.
Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life.
Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance.
The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.
Only one endowed with restless vitality is susceptible to pessimism. You become a pessimist --a demonic, elemental, bestial pessimist --only when life has been defeated many times in its fight against depression.
The essential element in personal magnetism is a consuming sincerity -- an overwhelming faith in the importance of the work one has to do.
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
Any walk through a park that runs between a double line of mangy trees and passes brazenly by the ladies toilet is invariably known as Lover's Lane.
Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman.
The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle, complimentary way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before.
Passion costs me too much to bestow it on every trifle.
Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.
You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.
Nothing is more beautiful than the love that has weathered the storms of life. The love of the young for the young, that is the beginning of life. But the love of the old for the old, that is the beginning of things longer.
You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.
Nature understands no jesting. She is always true, always serious, always severe. She is always right, and the errors are always those of man.
Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.
Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.
Dancing is a wonderful training for girls, it's the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it.
We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
Thou strange piece of wild nature!
Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what's wrong with it.
Love is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude. It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.
Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.
A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.
All great discoveries are made by men whose feelings run ahead of their thinking.
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.
The remarkable thing is that it is the crowded life that is most easily remembered. A life full of turns, achievements, disappointments, surprises, and crises is a life full of landmarks. The empty life has even its few details blurred, and cannot be remembered with certainty.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
There is no shortcut to life. To the end of our days, life is a lesson imperfectly learned.
Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.
The pain we feel When someone leaves our life is in direct proportion to the joy they bring while a part of our life for a few moments. In my life you made me feel as if I truly meant something to someone
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
In comedy, reconcilement with life comes at the point when to the tragic sense only an inalienable difference or dissension with life appears.
Age does not protect you from love but love to some extent protects you from age.
It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).
The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
If a great thing can be done, it can be done easily, but this ease is like the of ease of a tree blossoming after long years of gathering strength.
Whatever is beautiful is beautiful by necessity.
It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.
People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be consistent.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.
There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.
Happiness comes from... some curious adjustment to life.
A man should go on living -- if only to satisfy his curiosity.
Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
I wanted to be scared again... I wanted to feel unsure again. That's the only way I learn, the only way I feel challenged.
No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.
The deep, deep peace of the double-bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise-lounge.
Lose/Win people bury a lot of feelings. And unexpressed feelings come forth later in uglier ways. Psychosomatic illnesses often are the reincarnation of cumulative resentment, deep disappointment and disillusionment repressed by the Lose/Win mentality. Disproportionate rage or anger, overreaction to minor provocation, and cynicism are other embodiments of suppressed emotion. People who are constantly repressing, not transcending feelings toward a higher meaning find that it affects the quality of their relationships with others.
In art there are tears that lie too deep for thought.
You'll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth.
The test of man is how well he is able to feel about what he thinks. The test of a woman is how well she is able to think about what she feels.
As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted.
But when I don't smoke I scarcely feel as if I'm living. I don't feel as if I'm living unless I'm killing myself.
The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.
Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed. Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished.
Women are as old as they feel and men are old when they lose their feelings.
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
No good book or good thing of any kind shows it best face at first. No the most common quality of in a true work of art that has excellence and depth, is that at first sight it produces a certain disappointment.
I can feel the wind go by when I run. It feels good. It feels fast.
If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be the master of my emotions.
Our faith comes in moments... yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.
The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.
Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
Sympathetic people often don't communicate well, they back reflected images which hide their own depths.
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
There must be hearts which know the depths of our being, and swear by us, even when the whole world forsakes us.
Love is a better teacher than duty.
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
The reward of one's duty is the power to fulfill another.
It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self. If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable. If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.
An emotional man may possess no humor, but a humorous man usually has deep pockets of emotion, sometimes tucked away or forgotten.
There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.
There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrate to some stroke of the imagination.
There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence. There are glances of hatred that stab and raise no cry of murder; robberies that leave man or woman for ever beggared of peace and joy, yet kept secret by the sufferer --committed to no sound except that of low moans in the night, seen in no writing except that made on the face by the slow months of suppressed anguish and early morning tears. Many an inherited sorrow that has marred a life has been breathed into no human ear.
A short retirement urges a sweet return.
One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

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