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How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese?

Nothing can be done quickly and prudently at the same time.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.
Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.
My dad has always taught me these words: care and share. That's why we put on clinics. The only thing I can do is try to give back. If it works, it works.
When you are down and out something always turns up -- and it is usually the noses of your friends.
Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.
If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
Endurance and to be able to endure is the first lesson a child should learn because it's the one they will most need to know.
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
The truth shall set you free.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
The greater the knowledge, the greater the doubt.
A judge who cannot punish, in the end associates themselves with the criminal.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
Whenever I hear people talking about liberal ideas, I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.
One that does not think to highly of himself is more than he thinks.
In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?
He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.
Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
The highest happiness of man is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
The man who is born with a talent which he was meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.
The phrases that men hear or repeat continually, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence.
Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.
The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.
There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.
Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.
The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources.
The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth.
Yes! To this thought I hold with firm persistence; The last result of wisdom stamps it true; He only earns his freedom and existence Who daily conquers them anew.
If a good person does you wrong, act as though you had not noticed it. They will make note of this and not remain in your debt long.
It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.
If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy.
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
No prudent antagonist thinks light of his adversaries.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
They teach in academies far too many things, and far too much that is useless.
How can we know ourselves? Never by reflection, but only through action. Begin at once to do your duty and immediately you will know what is inside you.
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
I will listen to anyone's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.
Doubt can only be removed by action.
It is only in misery that we recognize the hand of God leading good men to good.
Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds.
The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.
The older we get the more we must limit ourselves if we wish to be active.
We must not take the faults of our youth with us into old age, for age brings along its own defects.
The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
He who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without.
What we gave, we have; What we spent, we had; What we left, we lost.
Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
Little, vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.
The senses do not deceive us, but the judgment does.
So little done, so much to do.
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat.
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.
It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.
They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.
Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praiseworthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's enemies, is as likely as not to embroil one with one's friends.
The revolutionary spirit is mighty convenient in this, that it frees one from all scruples as regards ideas. Its hard absolute optimism is repulsive to my mind by the menace of fanaticism and intolerance it contains. No doubt one should smile at these things; but, imperfect Esthete, I am no better Philosopher. All claim to special righteousness awakens in me that scorn and anger from which a philosophical mind should be free.
Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.
What all men are really after is some form, or perhaps only some formula, of peace.
Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work.
Who knows what true loneliness is -- not the conventional word, but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad.
It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome.
You can t, in sound morals, condemn a man for taking care of his own integrity. It is his clear duty. And least of all can you condemn an artist pursuing, however humbly and imperfectly, a creative aim. In that interior world where his thought and his emotions go seeking for the experience of imagined adventures, there are no policemen, no law, no pressure of circumstance or dread of opinion to keep him within bounds. Who then is going to say Nay to his temptations if not his conscience?
Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.
As to honor -- you know -- it's a very fine mediaeval inheritance which women never got hold of. It wasn't theirs.
Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on. The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
It is a characteristic of all movements and crusades that the psychopathic element rises to the top.
With public sentiment is everything, with it nothing can fail, without it nothing can succeed.
The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, We did it ourselves.
I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.
If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!
You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.
The highest of distinctions is service to others.
Morale is faith in the man at the top.
Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right.
One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Ethics must begin at the top of an organization. It is a leadership issue and the chief executive must set the example.
Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.
A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.
There are no office hours for leaders.
I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them.
Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.
A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.
Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Leadership is not magnetic personality--that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not making friends and influencing people --that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
The man who follows a crowd will never be followed by a crowd.
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
No affection and a great brain, these are the people to command the world.
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.
Leaders don't inflict pain -- they share pain.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not be correct?
I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.
There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
Six traits of effective leaders: 1. Make others feel important 2. Promote a vision 3. Follow the golden rule 4. Admit mistakes 5. Criticize others only in private 6. Stay close to the action Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
An order that can be misunderstood will be misunderstood.
When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.
Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you're not giving it all you've got. Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players.
If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Managers are people who do things right; leaders are people who do the right thing.
Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.
The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.
A leader is a person you will follow to a place you wouldn't go by yourself.
If you have fear of those that command you, spare those that obey you.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
The manager administers; the leader innovates. The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.

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