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Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.
A memory lasts forever. Never does it die. True friends stay together. And never say goodbye!
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
Fate chooses our relatives, we choose our friends.
The first mistake are theirs who commit them, the second are theirs that permit them.
life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.
The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.
Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.
A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man's mind.
As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.
Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
Our life is made by the death of others.
Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.
[Three classes of people]: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
Just as courage imperils life; fear protects it.
I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.
Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body, the peace of the city, the security of the state. Like beams in a house or bones to a body, so is order to all things.
How little do they see what is, who frame their hasty judgments upon that which seems.
All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.
Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself.
I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.
Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.
Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.
Wondering is the seed of genius
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.
To Achieve Massive Success, you need to convert your wants into Needs.
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.
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther.
Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him think.
Failure -- The man who can tell others what to do and how to do it, but never does it himself.
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.
You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.
There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
Nonsense is good only because common sense is so limited.
Music is essentially useless, as life is.
When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.
Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.
Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.
The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
Habit is stronger than reason.
America is a young country with an old mentality.
Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.
Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
The highest form of vanity is love of fame.
Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains about nothing to the end.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
Before you give up hope, turn back and read the attacks that were made on Lincoln.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.
The only way you can do that [Balance The Budget, Decrease Taxes, and Increase Military Spending] is with mirrors, and that's what it would take.
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.
When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
All looks yellow to a jaundiced eye.
Music is only love looking for words.
If you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may say with confidence that he is a good man.
Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.
The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.
He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.
By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval.
I've only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.
People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.
Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Wherever there is power there is age.
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.
There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.
Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch is, and it darts away.
No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday.
Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.
Be it ever so humble, there's no opinion like one's own.
If you are right, take the humble side -- you will help the other fellow. If you are wrong, take the humble side -- and you will help yourself.
When we become aware of our humility, we've lost it.
Humility like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.
We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility.
Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually most ambitious and envious.
The proud man counts his newspaper clippings, the humble man his blessings.
A vulgar mind is proud in prosperity and humble in adversity. A noble mind is humble in prosperity and proud in adversity.
A man who is at the top is a man who has the habit of getting to the bottom.
The humble are in danger when those in power disagree.
If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.
The humble and meek are thirsting for blood.
Humility is like underwear; essential, but indecent if it shows.
Don't be humble, you're not that great.
Humility is no substitute for a good personality.
Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.
A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.
One that does not think to highly of himself is more than he thinks.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
Study the best and highest things that are; but of yourself humble thoughts retain.
The cross is the invincible sanctuary of the humble.
They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.
Without humility there can be no humanity.
The more humble a man is before God the more he will be exalted; the more humble he is before man, the more he will get rode roughshod.
Before honor is humility.
It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.
Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
What makes humility so desirable is the marvelous thing it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the closest possible intimacy with God.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Only those who feel little in the eyes of God, can hope to be mighty in the eyes of men.
Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.
When you are as great as I am it is hard to be humble.
Humility is the ladder to divine understanding.
Let no one be deluded that a knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other.
Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn't, do something else.
Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separateness.
A husband is what's left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.

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