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The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.

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.
He has been a doctor a year now and has had two patients, no, three, I think -- yes, it was three; I attended their funerals.
Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.
That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.
An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.
If all the economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
Old men are dangerous: it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world.
Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.
I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.
What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.
A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty, God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.
A strict belief, fate is the worst kind of slavery; on the other hand there is comfort in the thought that God will be moved by our prayers.
The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.
Glory is like a circle in the water, which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, till, by broad spreading, it disperse to naught.
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we might win, by fearing to attempt.[Measure For Measure]
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.
I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm-blooded to fall into this vice.
A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gal. So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey which catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the highroad to his reason.
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.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
[The educated differ from the uneducated] as much as the living from the dead.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave. His fetters fall... freedom and slavery are mental states.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.
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.
Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupation is exhilarating and life giving.
A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

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