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Patience means self-suffering.

The mantram becomes one's staff of life and carries one through every ordeal. Each repetition has a new meaning, carrying you nearer and nearer to God.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave. His fetters fall... freedom and slavery are mental states.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
God comes to the hungry in the form of food.
I claim to be an average man of less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
Non-violence is the article of faith.
Faith must be enforced by reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.
Must I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Hatred can be overcome only by love.
Where there is love there is life.
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the atomic age -- as in being able to remake ourselves.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.
They are as much for Mars, as for Mercury; as well qualified for war, as for business.
It is a wise person that adapts themselves to all contingencies; it's the fool who always struggles like a swimmer against the current.
There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.
Inspiration comes of working every day.
Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you.
I found out that if you are going to win games, you had better be ready to adapt.
One learns to itch where one can scratch.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile.
Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be.
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.
Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.
Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.
Do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty --the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself.
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.
It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
I am a democrat only on principle, not by instinct -- nobody is that. Doubtless some people say they are, but this world is grievously given to lying.
By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
We must annex those people. We can afflict them with our wise and beneficent government. We can introduce the novelty of thieves, all the way up from street-car pickpockets to municipal robbers and Government defaulters, and show them how amusing it is to arrest them and try them and then turn them loose -- some for cash and some for political influence. We can make them ashamed of their simple and primitive justice. We can make that little bunch of sleepy islands the hottest corner on earth, and array it in the moral splendor of our high and holy civilization. Annexation is what the poor islanders need. Shall we to men benighted, the lamp of life deny?
Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.
We are all alike, on the inside.
I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.
There is nothing so annoying as a good example!!
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

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