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Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.

There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.
It is easy to condemn, it is better to pity.
It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.
Who has not served cannot command.
Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and the poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love.
Beware of one who has nothing to lose.
This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
The ideas that have lighted my way and, time after time, have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
The way of peace is the way of love. Love is the greatest power on earth. It conquers all things.
There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.
A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home.
Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
Who so taketh in hand to frame any state or government ought to presuppose that all men are evil, and at occasions will show themselves so to be.
Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.
He does not believe that does not live according to his belief .
The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
A riot is the language of the unheard.
Truth uttered before its time is dangerous.
Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.
Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea.
Ability is of little account without opportunity.
Society cares for the individual only so far as he is profitable.
Jesus promised His disciples three things: that they would be entirely fearless, absurdly happy, and that they would get into trouble.
There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
We find comfort among those who agree with us-growth among those who don't.
The essence of justice is mercy.
Laws are not masters, but servants, and he rules them, who obeys them.
There are no grades of vanity, there are only grades of ability in concealing it.
Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.
I not only use all the brains I have but all I can borrow.
The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.
If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.
Accept the consequences of your actions in order to become the agent of your mental, physical, spiritual and material success.
There never was a person who did anything worth doing, who did not receive more than he gave.
Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge.
Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.
Honor is the moral conscience of the great.
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo; your time has come and gone. It's time for change in America.
There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all the virtues are of no avail.
When you are right no one remembers; when you are wrong no one forgets.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much; such men are dangerous. [Julius Caesar]
Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last romance.
Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.
Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
Oppose not rage while rage is in its force, but give it way a while and let it waste.
Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, But quickly to see how to make them good.
He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.
In practical life the wisest and soundest people avoid speculation.
Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.
People who matter are most aware that everyone else does, too.
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes. Rather the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.
Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them.
The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.
We think in generalities, but we live in detail.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking.
Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.
Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.
The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and if need be, die for it.
In every age of well-marked transition, there is the pattern of habitual dumb practice and emotion which is passing and there is oncoming a new complex of habit.
An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words.
Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike.
Integrity is not a 90 percent thing, not a 95 percent thing; either you have it or you don't.
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Friendship is to have the latchkey of another's mind.
Hope on, and save yourself for prosperous times.
When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.
Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.
I did not attend his funeral; but I wrote a nice letter saying I approved of it. [About a politician who had recently died]
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles. The supreme excellence is to subdue the armies of your enemies without even having to fight them.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.
He who is contented is rich.
When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
The sage does not hoard. Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more; having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
When the best leader's work is done the people say, We did it ourselves.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.
To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
Of the best rulers, The people only know that they exist; the next best they love and praise the next they fear; and the next they revile. When they do not command the people's faith, some will lose faith in them, and then they resort to oaths! But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done, the people all remark, We have done it ourselves.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure.
There has never been a statue erected to the memory of someone who let well enough alone.
As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.
Man is by nature a political animal.
Why are women so much more interesting to men than men are to women?
Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence.
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
You can handle people more successfully by enlisting their feelings than by convincing their reason.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm
The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
The tragedy of life is not that a man loses, but that he almost wins.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments.
Life is a classroom in which each of us is being tested, tried, and passed.
Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.
Trust not too much to an enchanting face.
Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.
Growing old is not growing up.
It is easy to be brave when far away from danger.
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
Are the ones who do.
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.
The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising.

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