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Never insult an alligator until you've crossed the river.

Associate reverently, as much as you can, with your loftiest thoughts.
I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
You can have such an open mind that it is too porous to hold a conviction.
We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.
In politics, nothing is contemptible.
There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
In the great mass of our people there are plenty individuals of intelligence from among whom leadership can be recruited.
Knowledge, like religion, must be experienced in order to be known.
Goals help you channel your energy into action.
To do no evil is good, to intend none better.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Educate people without religion and you make them but clever devils.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
So free we seem, so fettered we are!
Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
She is a wife who is the soul of her husband.
There are three subjects on which the knowledge of the medical profession in general is woefully weak; they are manners, morals, and medicine.
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.
He who goes to law for a sheep loses his cow.
Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want to.
The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.
If God had been a liberal, we wouldn't have had the Ten Commandments -- we'd have the Ten Suggestions.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.
Respect is love in plain clothes.
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman. [Proverbs 21:19]
When difficulties are overcome they begin blessing.
A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.
There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.
A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Superstition is an unreasoning fear of God.
The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
I add this, that rational ability without education has more often raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
We ask advice but we mean approbation.
Cowards die a thousand deaths. The valiant taste of death but once.
God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.
Seldom in the business and transactions of ordinary life, do we find the sympathy we want.
Politics, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
Too much zeal spoils everything.
You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
Lying and stealing are next door neighbors.
Pick battles big enough to matter, but small enough to win.
Charity sees the need, not the cause.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Patience will achieve more than force.
To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.
Everyone pushes a falling fence.
Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.
Morality is the theory that every human act must be either right or wrong, and that 99 % of them are wrong.
The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.
Be ready when opportunity comes. Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.
All you have to do is know where you're going. The answers will come to you of their own accord.
I have suffered too much in this world not to hope for another.
Where there is much freedom there is much error.
We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy.
A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
Conscience is our magnetic compass; reason our chart.
Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off.
Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.
Either I will find a way, or I will make one.
The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.
Men can acquire knowledge, but not wisdom. Some of the greatest fools ever known were learned men.
Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist knows it.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom. He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest.
Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain.
If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.
I find that the Americans have no passions, they have appetites.
Time stays long enough for those who use it.
To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.
I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.
Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.
You have to be before you can do, and do before you can have.
Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.
It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.
See in what peace a Christian can die.
If I ever marry it will be on a sudden impulse, as a man shoots himself.
War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
Another of our highly prized virtues is fidelity. We are immensely pleased with ourselves when we are faithful.
No cause is helpless if it is just. Errors, no matter how popular, carry the seeds of their own destruction.
Peace if possible, but truth at any rate.
We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.
Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend.
Our bodies are our gardens... our wills are our gardeners.
There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.
If you strike a child, take care that you strike it in anger, even at the risk of maiming it for life. A blow in cold blood neither can nor should be forgiven.
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
He that's secure is not safe.
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.
One unerring mark of the love of truth is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant.
Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.
Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
Could everything be done twice it would be done better.
From small beginnings come great things.
If you don't run your own life, somebody else will.
The time is out of joint. O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right!
Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.
The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.
One returns to the place one came from.
Charity begins at home, but should not end there.
To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.
Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other's good, and melt at other's woe.
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.
The destiny of man is in his own soul
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform.
Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others.
Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.

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