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We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.

Take the attitude of a student, Never be to big to ask questions, Never know to much to learn something new.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.
Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self -- a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change -- the willful act of making the change, doing something.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.
To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.
Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern; one is apt to grow old fashioned quite suddenly.
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
Lord, let me live until I die.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last romance.
Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women merely adored.
Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the two sexes.
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.
People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect -- simply a confession of failures.
Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill and calling for larger spurs and brighter beaks. I fear that nationalism is one of England's many spurious gifts to the world.
It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it.
Without country you have neither name, token, voice, nor rights, no admission as brothers into the fellowship of the Peoples. You are the bastards of Humanity. Soldiers without a banner, Israelites among the nations, you will find neither faith nor protection; none will be sureties for you. Do not beguile yourselves with the hope of emancipation from unjust social conditions if you do not first conquer a Country for yourselves.
Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.
Put an Irishman on the spit and you can always get another Irishman to turn him.
No man dies for what he knows to be true. Men die for what they want to be true, for what some terror in their hearts tells them is not true.
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.
A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.
Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer, with never a thought of sorrow; the old goes out, but the glad young year comes merrily in tomorrow.
It's easier traveling the road of life when I don't have so much to carry on my back.
To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other's character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
The fact is, you have fallen lately, Cecily, into a bad habit of thinking for yourself. You should give it up. It is not quite womanly... men don't like it.
He to whom the present is the only thing that is present, knows nothing of the age in which he lives.
One can only give an unbiased opinion about things that do not interest one, which is no doubt the reason an unbiased opinion is always valueless. The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing.
Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.
I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering.
Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.
The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.
Skepticism is the beginning of Faith.
Of course the music is a great difficulty. You see, if one plays good music, people don't listen, and if one plays bad music people don't talk.
Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable. They always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be absolutely deaf.
No work of art ever puts forward views. Views belong to people who are not artists.
Every guest hates the others, and the host hates them all.
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
Morality is the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike.
Bad manners make a journalist.
A kiss may ruin a human life.
I am not young enough to know everything.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating --people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her, except continue to love her.
When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is.
Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.
When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.
The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.
A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.
It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.
The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.
How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.
Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
He didn't dare to, because his father had a weak heart and habitually threatened to drop dead if anybody hurt his feelings. You may have noticed that people with weak hearts are the tyrants of English married life.
If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not an example.
What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity: no really self-respecting woman would take advantage of it.
The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
Ladies and gentleman are permitted to have friends in the kennel, but not in the kitchen.
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

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