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Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.

Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
No one ever excused his way to success.
The trouble with Reason is that it becomes meaningless at the exact point where it refuses to act.
The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. He is the man who has lost everything except his reason.
If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
The more you reason the less you create.
People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.
If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.
Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms. The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgment shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision.
As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason.
We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities.
Some excel in rhyme who reason foolishly.
Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice, because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice.
Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.
Reasoning draws a conclusion, but does not make the conclusion certain, unless the mind discovers it by the path of experience.
There are strange flowers of reason to match each error of the senses.
Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.
Reason itself is fallible, and this fallibility must find a place in our logic.
I am never upset for the reason I think.
O reason, reason, abstract phantom of the waking state, I had already expelled you from my dreams, now I have reached a point where those dreams are about to become fused with apparent realities: now there is only room here for myself.
Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work.
Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse.
When we suffer anguish we return to early childhood because that is the period in which we first learnt to suffer the experience of total loss. It was more than that. It was the period in which we suffered more total losses than in all the rest of our life put together.
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed and calm.
Pin your faith to no ones sleeves, haven't you two eyes of your own.
In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love.
I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.
The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop.
A woman spent all Christmas Day in a telephone box without ringing anyone. If someone comes to phone, she leaves the box, then resumes her place afterwards. No one calls her either, but from a window in the street, someone watched her all day, no doubt since they had nothing better to do. The Christmas syndrome.
So stick up ivy and the bays, and then restore the heathen ways, green will remind you of the Spring, though this great day denies the thing, and mortifies the earth, and all, but your wild revels, and loose hall.
From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.
Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries.
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
This is the month, and this the happy morn, wherein the Son of heaven's eternal King, of wedded Maid and Virgin Mother born, our great redemption from above did bring.
Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!
There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.
Call a truce, then, to our labors -- let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste; for if faint and forced the laughter, and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past.
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.
It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.
Anyone can become angry -- that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- this is not easy.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
Depression is rage spread thin.
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love
I must say, I don't feel very qualified to be a pop star. I feel very awkward at times in the role.
Happy is the man who hath never known what it is to taste of fame --to have it is a purgatory, to want it is a Hell!
A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.
Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.
Everything is possible for him who believes.
Once you begin to believe there is help out there, you will know it to be true.
More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing than by believing in too much.
Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.
Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
It doesn't matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it's important to realize that whatever you're doing, it's your first attempt at it.
The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do.
First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, I believe, three times.
I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!
No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called weasel words. When a weasel sucks eggs the meat is sucked out of the egg. If you use a weasel word after another there is nothing left of the other.
The words of the world want to make sentences.
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
A man's home is his wife's castle.
He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
The successful people of this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is.
Half the promises people say were never kept, were never made.
If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old.
People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
The reward of suffering is experience.
Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
Depression is melancholy minus its charms -- the animation, the fits.
No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.
Two separate, distinct personalities, not separate at all, but inextricably bound, soul and body and mind, to each other, how did we get so far apart so fast?
Geez, if I could get through to you, kiddo, that depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling. Reduction, see? Of all feeling. People who keep stiff upper lips find that it's damn hard to smile.
The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape.
Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall.
A tree growing out of the ground is as wonderful today as it ever was. It does not need to adopt new and startling methods.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.
Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled only by non-hatred -- this is the law of eternal.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.
The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
If a man who enjoys a lesser happiness beholds a greater one, let him leave aside the lesser to gain the greater.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. [Ephesians 4:26]
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. [Ecclesiastes 7:9]
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. [James 1:19-20]
The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. [Proverbs 12:6]
A soft answer truth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. [Proverbs 15:1]
The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.
If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall not be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wring, but the coals are.
Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.
Anger makes dull men witty -- but it keeps them poor.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.
Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.
As the whirlwind in its fury teareth up trees, and deformeth the face of nature, or as an earthquake in its convulsions overturneth whole cities; so the rage of an angry man throweth mischief around him.
Left to itself the masculine imagination has very little appreciation for the here and now; it prefers to dwell on what is absent, on what has been or may be. If men are more punctual than women, it is because they know that, without the external discipline of clock time, they would never get anything done.
May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that faith is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
Silence may be golden, but can you think of a better way to entertain someone than to listen to him?
I have not yet begun to fight.
The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight.
We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers.
Labor is work that leaves no trace behind it when it is finished, or if it does, as in the case of the tilled field, this product of human activity requires still more labor, incessant, tireless labor, to maintain its identity as a work of man.
The labor of keeping house is labor in its most naked state, for labor is toil that never finishes, toil that has to be begun again the moment it is completed, toil that is destroyed and consumed by the life process.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
There is a time when a man distinguishes the idea of felicity from the idea of wealth; it is the beginning of wisdom.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
Love the whole world as a mother lovers her only child.
The only thing grief has taught me is to know how shallow it is.
Sorrow makes us children again.
Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth.
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.
And almost everyone when age, disease, or sorrows strike him, inclines to think there is a God, or something very like him.
There is pleasure in calm remembrance of a past sorrow.
Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever. It implies a discovery of weakness, which we are more careful to conceal than a crime. Many a man will confess his crimes to a friend; but I never knew a man that would tell his silly weaknesses to his most intimate one.
The most important thing in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without too much apparent loss of face.
A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
I am a member of the rabble in good standing.
[Three classes of people]: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.
Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day...
It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well.
Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, molding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt or thought has had its hand in molding us, shaping us.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

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