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The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will learn many things.
The superior doctor prevents sickness; The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; The inferior doctor treats actual sickness;
Great doubts deep wisdom. Small doubts little wisdom.
All people are your relatives, therefore expect only trouble from them.
The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure.
Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
The saving man becomes the free man.
A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.
Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.
If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if you employ him, don't suspect him.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
The aim of education should be to convert the mind into living fountain, and not a reservoir.
Repeticio est mater studiorum. Repetition is the mother of all learning.
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.
It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.
Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature of true knowledge.
Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.
The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education
The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
I had six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were: Where, What, When, Why, How and Who.
Only the insecure strive for security.
Self-worth comes from one thing -- thinking that you are worthy.
If you are living out of a sense of obligation you are slave.
You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being -- not because anybody says so, not because you're successful, not because you make a lot of money -- but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
The fact that you are willing to say, I do not understand, and it is fine, is the greatest understanding you could exhibit.
Give up your personal history.
Treat yourself as if you're already what you'd like to be.
Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you.
Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules.
Softly and kindly remind yourself, I cannot own anything. It is a valuable thought to keep in mind as you struggle to improve your financial picture, worry about investments, and plan how to acquire more and more. It is a universal principle which you are part of. You must release everything when you truly awaken. Are you letting your life go by in frustration and worry over not having enough? If so, relax and remember that you only get what you have for a short period of time. When you awaken you will see the folly of being attached to anything.
Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now, you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else. Your completeness must be understood by you and experienced in your thoughts as your own personal reality.
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about.
Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.
Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.
As you think so shall you be! Since you cannot physically experience another person, you can only experience them in your mind. Conclusion: All of the other people in your life are simply thoughts in your mind. Not physical beings to you, but thoughts. Your relationships are all in how you think about the other people of your life. Your experience of all those people is only in your mind. Your feelings about your lovers come from your thoughts. For example, they may in fact behave in ways that you find offensive. However, your relationship to them when they behave offensively is not determined by their behavior, it is determined only by how you choose to relate to that behavior. Their actions are theirs, you cannot own them, you cannot be them, you can only process them in your mind.
Self-actualized people are independent of the good opinion of others.
Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.
Met een bibliotheek ben je vrij en niet beperkt door tijdelijke politieke klimaten. Het is de meest democratische van alle instituten want niemand, absoluut niemand, kan u zeggen wat u moet lezen en wanneer en hoe.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.
He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know.
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play).
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god: it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.
Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.
To be young is all there is in the world. They talk so beautifully about work and having a family and a home (and I do, too, sometimes) --but it's all worry and head-aches and respectable poverty and forced gushing. Telling people how nice it is, when, in reality, you would give all of your last thirty years for one of your first thirty. Old people are tremendous frauds.
A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.
It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
Having leveled my palace, don't erect a hovel and complacently admire your own charity in giving me that for a home.
Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.
Each experience through which we pass operates ultimately for our good. This is a correct attitude to adopt and we must be able to see it in that light.
Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.
Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.

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