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Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.

Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.
A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.
Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it?
Young men know the rules, but old men know the exceptions.
High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they're all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium.
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
There are three stages in a person's life, birth, their life and death. They are not conscious of birth submit to death and forget to live.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.
You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.
Thou mayest as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading. Too much overcharges Nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment. 'Tis thought and digestion which makes books serviceable, and give health and vigor to the mind.
The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self-service populace, and all our specious comforts --the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria --are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.
God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use.
What could he and she really know of each other, since it was his duty, as a "decent" fellow, to conceal his past from her, and hers, as a marriageable girl, to have no past to conceal? What if, for some one of the subtler reasons that would tell with both them, they should tire of each other, misunderstand or irritate each other? . . . [With] a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of the other marriages about him were: a dull association of material and social interests held together by ignorance on the one side and hypocrisy on the other.
All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired.
The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.
When you affirm your own rightness in the universe, then you co-operate with others easily and automatically as part of your own nature. You, being yourself, helps others be themselves. Because you recognize your own uniqueness you will not need to dominate others, nor cringe before them
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you wake in the morning.
Physical misery is great everywhere out here [Africa]. Are we justified in shutting our eyes and ignoring it because our European newspapers tell us nothing about it? We civilised people have been spoilt. If any one of us is ill the doctor comes at once. Is an operation necessary, the door of some hospital or other opens to us immediately. But let every one reflect on the meaning of the fact that out here millions and millions live without help or hope of it. Every day thousands and thousands endure the most terrible sufferings, though medical science could avert them. Every day there prevails in many and many a far-off hut a despair which we could banish. Will each of my readers think what the last ten years of his family history would have been if they had been passed without medical or surgical help of any sort? It is time that we should wake from slumber and face our responsibilities!
… one of the best gifts of the gods … a good, faithful housekeeper … But for this noble, self-sacrificing woman, much of my public work would have been quite impossible.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.
I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things, and I have succeeded fairly well.
This leads us to note down in our psychological chart of the mass-man of today two fundamental traits: the free expansion of his vital desires, and, therefore, of his personality; and his radical ingratitude towards all that has made possible the ease of his existence. These traits together make up the well-known psychology of the spoilt child.
God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer's love until death.
You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever.
Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.
The need to express oneself in writing springs from a mal-adjustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to break loose from the real, to rise above, and describe it... I do not mean that it is enough to be maladjusted to become a great writer, but writing is, for some, a method of resolving a conflict, provided they have the necessary talent.
I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
I also remember the moment my life changed, the moment I finally said, I've had it! I know I'm much more than I'm demonstrating mentally, emotionally, and physically in my life. I made a decision in that moment which was to alter my life forever. I decided to change virtually every aspect of my life. I decided I would never again settle for less than I can be.
A book should be luminous not voluminous.
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.
For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness or oppose with firmness.
The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief.
The roads we take are more important than the goals we announce. Decisions determine destiny.
Making a decision to have a child -- it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
Make decisions from the heart and use your head to make it work out.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.
It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
We are given one life, and the decision is our whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind or whether to act and, in acting, to live.
If you've made up your mind you can do something, you're absolutely right. If you've made up your mind you can't do something, you're absolutely right.
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
Do not choose to be wrong for the sake of being different.
If you are struggling to say YES to a question or request, the answer is probably NO
In making our decisions, we must use the brains that God has given us. But we must also use our hearts which He also gave us. A man who has not learned to say, No --who is not resolved that he will take God's way, in spite of every dog that can bay or bark at him, in spite of every silvery choice that woos him aside--will be a weak and a wretched man till he dies.
A man without decision can never be said to belong to himself.
Where there is no counsel, the people perish; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. [Proverbs 29:18; 11:14]
We have a choice: to plow new ground or let the weeds grow.
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with Truth.
There are big men, men of intellect, intellectual men, men of talent and men of action; but the great man is difficult to find, and it needs --apart from discernment --a certain greatness to find him.
He is a great simpleton who imagines that the chief power of wealth is to supply wants. In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred it creates more wants than it supplies.
Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble; a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the government.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
Precept guides, but example draws.

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