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I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary, be not idle.
In the world a man lives in his own age; in solitude in all ages.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
To have a quiet mind is to possess one's mind wholly; to have a calm spirit is to possess one's self.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
I have never found a companion so companionable as solitude.
Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.
Man is distinguished, not only by his reason; but also by this singular passion from other animals... which is a lust of the mind, that by a perseverance of delight in the continual and indefatigable generation of knowledge, exceeds the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject, but man only.
Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the money of fools.
The flesh endures the storms of the present alone; the mind, those of the past and future as well as the present. Gluttony is a lust of the mind.
War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
Desire to know why, and how -- curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge -- exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.
The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.
To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
Charm is the ability to make someone think that both of you are quite wonderful.
Charm is a glow within a woman which casts a most becoming light on others.
Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
The minute you start talking about what your going to do if you lose, you have lost.
Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.
Look, I really don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively.
Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
Talk to a woman as if you loved her, and to a man as if he bored you.
There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought --a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!
Of my friends I am the only one left.
All men are lonely. But sometimes it seems to me that we Americans are the loneliest of all. Our hunger for foreign places and new ways has been with us almost like a national disease. Our literature is stamped with a quality of longing and unrest, and our writers have been great wanderers.
The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
Dogs come when they are called; cats take a message and get back to you.
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
The fool needs company, the wise solitude.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life -- mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.
We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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.
And we love to dance -- especially that new one called the Civil War Twist. The Northern part of you stands still while the Southern part tries to secede.
Nothing is more revealing than movement.
Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.
The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists -- in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record.
What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
The worst sin... is... to be indifferent.
My way of joking is to tell the truth. It's the funniest joke in the world.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
We want a few mad people now. See where the sane ones have landed us!
There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.
When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not an example.
I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead -- ahead of myself as well as you.
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.
The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have.
If Thomas Edison invented electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as, Candle making industry threatened.
A new world is not made simply by trying to forget the old. A new world is made with a new spirit, with new values. Our world may have begun that way, but today it is caricature. Our world is a world of things. What we dread most, in the face of the impending debacle, is that we shall be obliged to give up our gewgaws, our gadgets, all the little comforts that have made us so uncomfortable. We are not peaceful souls; we are smug, timid, queasy and quaky.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
So far as a person thinks; they are free.
Do the thing we fear, and the death of fear is certain.
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
The more experiments you make the better.
Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
We talk of choosing our friends, but friends are self-elected
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.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
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.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.
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.
Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
Self-command is the main discipline.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.
The secret in education lies in respecting the student.
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide.
The eloquent man is he who is no eloquent speaker, but who is inwardly drunk with a certain belief.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
No man can help another without helping himself.
Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
It is better to be silent, and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
We are the prisoners of ideas.
When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first.
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius.
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
If a man owns land, the land owns him.
The next best thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one.
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.
Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.

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