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Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures.

Broken friendships can be soldered, but never sound.
Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
Nobody ever chooses the already unfortunate as objects of his loyal friendship.
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.
Truth is not beautiful, neither is ugly, Why should it be either? Truth is Truth.
If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
We must not only strike the iron while it is hot, we must strike it until it is hot.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problem.
Live your life and forget your age.
Many people love in themselves what they hate in others.
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.
Yearn to understand first and to be understood second.
If I had to live my life over again, I'd try to make more mistakes next time.
I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
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.
So little done, so much to do.
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.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed.
Your friend is your needs answered.
What we gave, we have; What we spent, we had; What we left, we lost.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit in every work of art.
The first mistake in public business is going into it.
People are slow to claim confidence in undertakings of magnitude.
They can't yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him.
To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so.
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.
A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.
Seek not the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are beyond thy strength.
Popularity is not leadership.
Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
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.
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.
Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, Time stays, we go.
Who walks the fastest, but walks astray, is only furthest from his way.
No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.
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.
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.
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.
To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.
A book that furnishes no quotations is no book -- it is a plaything.
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.
Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.
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.
The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until the dark hours.
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?
The other day I got out my can-opener and was opening a can of worms when I thought, What am I doing?!
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are.
We participate in tragedy. At comedy we only look.
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.
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.
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.
Cast your cares on God; that anchor holds.
To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.
It's always too soon to quit.
Self-love exaggerates our faults as well as our virtues.
To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain.
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.
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.
Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
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?
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise -- although the philosophers generally call it recognition!
The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity.
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.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
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.
Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.
Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
You must be fully prepared to lose a great deal in order to make a great deal.
Anxiety about the future never profits; we feel no evil until it comes, and when we feel it, no counsel helps; wisdom is either too early or too late.
She [Eleanor Roosevelt] got even in a way that was almost cruel. She forgave them.
No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
Laughter is the only tranquilizer with no side effects.
There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome --to be got over.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
I hate victims who respect their executioners.
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.
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
One must be a somebody before they can have a enemy. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
What I do is prepare myself until I know I can do what I have to do.
Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that.
The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.
Where the flag of truth waves unfurled, there you will find superstition waiting in ambush.
What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.
Well, Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy? A republic, if you can keep it
When once estrangement has arisen between those who truly love each other, everything seems to widen the breach.
Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.
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.
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?
Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.
There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.
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.
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.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.
It is amidst great perils we see brave hearts.
When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.
Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence.
The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.
Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.
Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
Parents are traffic signs that are always in our blind spots.
If money is all that a man makes, then he will be poor. Poor in happiness and poor in all that makes life worth living.
Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.
Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding.
Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed. Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished.
It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.
It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.

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