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Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.
I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
With so much information now online, it is exceptionally easy to simply dive in and drown.
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Laughter is the most healthful exertion.
You cannot go ahead while you are getting even.
An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.
Life is like a hand of cards. You have to play the hand you're dealt, you can't win by folding, and sometimes you must take chances in order to win.
The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.
Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.
The loftier the building the deeper the foundation must be.
If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.
The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience.
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.
The attitude of unhappiness is not only painful, it is mean and ugly. What can be more base and unworthy than the pining, puling, mumping mood, no matter by what outward ills it may have been engendered? What is more injurious to others? What less helpful as a way out of the difficulty? It but fastens and perpetuates the trouble which occasioned it, and increases the total evil of the situation. At all costs, then, we ought to reduce the sway of that mood; we ought to scout it in ourselves and others, and never show it tolerance.
Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.
I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the attractions the study has for himself. The marking is a system for schools, not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to put on a professor.
If, at first, you do succeed, try to hide your astonishment.
The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Gratitude helps you to grow and expands; gratitude brings you and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.
Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.
Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life... I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.
What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.
Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.
If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.
A true knowledge of ourselves is knowledge of our power.
The two best physicians of them all -- Dr. Laughter and Dr. Sleep.
Those that are a friend to themselves are sure to be a friend to all.
If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same kind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of literature and speech and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.
Without passion, you don’t have energy; without energy, you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
The thing that goes the farthest towards making life worth while, That costs the least, and does the most, is just a pleasant smile.
Though you are disappointed is hope; never let hope fail you! Though one door is shut, there are thousands still open to you.
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
Intellectually I know America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.
Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.
Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
If women were humbler, men would be more honest.
You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
Take no thought for tomorrow; for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself. [Matthew 6:34]
Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.
The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.
The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.
The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.
It takes so little to make people happy. Just a touch, If we know how to give it, just a word fitly spoken, a slight readjustment of some bolt or pin or bearing in the delicate machinery of a soul.
The rules which experience suggest are better than those which theorists elaborate in their libraries.
Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.
Since others have to tolerate my weaknesses, it is only fair that I should tolerate theirs.
When we think we lead we are most led.
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
You can't steal second base with your foot on first.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Why did I want to win? because I didn't want to lose!
Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those we hate.
Gentleness corrects whatever is offensive in our manner.
The best ballplayer's the one who doesn't think he made good. He keeps trying to convince you.
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others.
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Peace, like charity, begins at home.
Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
Let us be poised, and wise, and our own, today.
It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.
It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders.
When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word succeed, you find that it simply means to follow through.
All things need watching, working at, caring for and marriage is no exception. Marriage is not something to be treated indifferently, or abused or something that simply takes care of itself. Nothing neglected will remain as it was or is, or will fail to deteriorate. All things need attention care and concern and especially so in this most sensitive of all relationships of life.
Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sake, but for the nations sake. Nothing matters more to the future of our country: not military preparedness for armed might is worthless if we lack the brain power to build a world of peace; not our productive economy for we cannot sustain growth without trained manpower; not our democratic system of government for freedom is fragile if citizens are ignorant.
He who would search for pearls must dive below.
The more sympathy you give, the less you need.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
Adultery itself in its principle is many times nothing but a curious inquisition after, and envy of another man's enclosed pleasures: and there have been many who refused fairer objects that they might ravish an enclosed woman from her retirement and single possessor.
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
Who ever does not respect confidence will never find happiness in their path.
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
It is not enough for theory to describe and analyze, it must itself be an event in the universe it describes. In order to do this theory must partake of and become the acceleration of this logic. It must tear itself from all referents and take pride only in the future. Theory must operate on time at the cost of a deliberate distortion of present reality.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
One must be aware that one is continually being tested in what one wishes most in order to make clear whether one's heart is on earth or in heaven.
[Only by] the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train.
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.
Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it is a business.
Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities.
My plan of instruction is extremely simple and limited. They learn, on week-days, such coarse works as may fit them for servants. I allow of no writing for the poor. My object is not to make fanatics, but to train up the lower classes in habits of industry and piety.
Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
You were not born with the habit of brushing your teeth. With persistent action, over a period of time, you developed the habit. Now, I'll bet you would never consider going a week without brushing.
Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have it's fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
Be interesting, be enthusiastic ... and don't talk too much.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.
Pain and fear and hunger are effects of causes which can be foreseen and known: but sorrow is a debt which someone else makes for us.
We should face reality and our past mistakes in an honest, adult way. Boasting of glory does not make glory, and singing in the dark does not dispel fear.
A man cannot be made comfortable without his own approval.
In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.
True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.
The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.
Thoughts give birth to a creative force that is neither elemental nor sidereal. Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow. When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven.
The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
Let us ask ourselves; What kind of people do we think we are?
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.
Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
The first step toward greatness is to be honest.
The trouble comes when we try to fashion our success to the outside world's specifications even though these are not the specifications drawn up in our own hearts. For whom are we succeeding, for ourselves or for somebody else? Success, if it is to be mea
Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.
No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form. The changing of a vague difficulty into a specific, concrete form is a very essential element in thinking.
I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
It (racing) is a matter of spirit, not strength. It is a matter of doing your best each little moment. There's never a break. You must have desire, a very intense desire to keep going.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

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