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The man who has accomplished all that he thinks worthwhile has begun to die.

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Whenever man comes up with a better mousetrap, nature immediately comes up with a better mouse.
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.
In a false quarrel there is no true valor.
Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.
Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it.
Friendship should be a responsibility, never an opportunity.
Broken friendships can be soldered, but never sound.
Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
The friendship that can cease has never been real.
The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
He who has not the weakness of friendship has not the strength.
Hopes are planted in friendship's garden where dreams blossom into priceless treasures.
Nobody ever chooses the already unfortunate as objects of his loyal friendship.
Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures.
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.
Truth is not beautiful, neither is ugly, Why should it be either? Truth is Truth.
Whoever is in the distress can call me. I will come running wherever they are.
I think the biggest disease this world suffers fromis people feeling unloved.
What is uttered is finished and done with.
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.
Live your life and forget your age.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problem.
We must not only strike the iron while it is hot, we must strike it until it is hot.
Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
Hate is such a luxurious emotion, it can only be spent on one we love.
We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.
Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so.
I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
I believe that every person is born with talent.
The best thinking has been done in solitude.
We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.
To me -- old age is always ten years older than I am.
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Seek not the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are beyond thy strength.
A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.
They can't yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him.
Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
What we gave, we have; What we spent, we had; What we left, we lost.
Your friend is your needs answered.
Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
America, which has the most glorious present still existing in the world today, hardly stops to enjoy it, in her insatiable appetite for the future.
So little done, so much to do.
In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
If I had to live my life over again, I'd try to make more mistakes next time.
The first mistake in public business is going into it.
People are slow to claim confidence in undertakings of magnitude.
Yearn to understand first and to be understood second.
Popularity is not leadership.
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Who walks the fastest, but walks astray, is only furthest from his way.
A poet's pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it.
Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, Time stays, we go.
Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.
Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.
The story of a love is not important -- what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it.
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.
Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk.
A book that furnishes no quotations is no book -- it is a plaything.
The world's male chivalry has perished out, but women are knights-errant to the last; and, if Cervantes had been greater still, he had made his Don a Donna.
To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.
The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until the dark hours.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, Shake well before using. That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
The other day I got out my can-opener and was opening a can of worms when I thought, What am I doing?!
Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.
The weakest spot in any person is where they think themselves to be the wisest.
We must not take the faults of our youth with us into old age, for age brings along its own defects.
In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.
A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
We participate in tragedy. At comedy we only look.
Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?
To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
Cast your cares on God; that anchor holds.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are.
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.
It's always too soon to quit.
To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.
Self-love exaggerates our faults as well as our virtues.
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise -- although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
Buy good books, and read them; the best books are the commonest, and the last editions are always the best, if the editors are not blockheads.
Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask?
The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity.
Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain.
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.
The Green-eyed Monster causes much woe, but the absence of this ugly serpent argues the presence of a corpse whose name is Eros.
They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
Well, Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy? A republic, if you can keep it
Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
It is amidst great perils we see brave hearts.
What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.
Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
Where the flag of truth waves unfurled, there you will find superstition waiting in ambush.
Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.
The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.
Laughter is the only tranquilizer with no side effects.
I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless office
Let's not burden our remembrance with a heaviness that's gone.
Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome --to be got over.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
When once estrangement has arisen between those who truly love each other, everything seems to widen the breach.
Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.
Parents are traffic signs that are always in our blind spots.
There are two insults no human will endure. The assertion that he has no sense of humor and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.
There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
You must be fully prepared to lose a great deal in order to make a great deal.
What I do is prepare myself until I know I can do what I have to do.
What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence.
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.
I hate victims who respect their executioners.
The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.

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