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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.

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.
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.
Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.
No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.
To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
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.
Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?
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.
Cast your cares on God; that anchor holds.
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.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
We participate in tragedy. At comedy we only look.
Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.
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.
Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Green-eyed Monster causes much woe, but the absence of this ugly serpent argues the presence of a corpse whose name is Eros.
Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
She [Eleanor Roosevelt] got even in a way that was almost cruel. She forgave them.
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.
Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
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.
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.
The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.
Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that.
No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
It is amidst great perils we see brave hearts.
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
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.
Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.
Well, Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy? A republic, if you can keep it
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.
There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome --to be got over.
Laughter is the only tranquilizer with no side effects.
One must be a somebody before they can have a enemy. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force.
What I do is prepare myself until I know I can do what I have to do.
You must be fully prepared to lose a great deal in order to make a great deal.
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.
A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.
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.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence.
What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
When once estrangement has arisen between those who truly love each other, everything seems to widen the breach.
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.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.
Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.
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.
Parents are traffic signs that are always in our blind spots.
Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
Where the flag of truth waves unfurled, there you will find superstition waiting in ambush.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.
Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed. Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished.
Speaking comes by nature, silence by understanding.
Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.
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.
It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.
It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
Common Sense is in medicine the master workman.
He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.
If we ever do end up acting just like rats or Pavlov's dogs, it will be largely because behaviorism has conditioned us to do so.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
Suffering is the ancient law of love; there is not quest without pain; there is no lover who is not also a martyr.
Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.
Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
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.
Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
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.
We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world.
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.

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