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It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.

The eloquent man is he who is no eloquent speaker, but who is inwardly drunk with a certain belief.
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment.
Tis the last rose of summer, left blooming alone; all her lovely companions are faded and gone.
Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.
If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.
Appreciate those who love you. Help those who need you. Forgive those who hurt you. Forget those who leave you.
Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensly in the memory as the wish to forget it.
I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.
I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.
No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back.
Some will always be above others. Destroy the inequality today, and it will appear again tomorrow.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
The best revenge is massive success.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
If you're still hanging onto a dead dream of yesterday, laying flowers on its grave by the hour, you cannot be planting the seeds for a new dream to grow today.
Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.
Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets.
To every problem there is already a solution whether you know it or not.
If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.
Don't tell your problems to people: eighty percent don't care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.
It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions.
The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind.
We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison.
Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous -- not just to some people in some circumstances -- but to everyone all the time.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity.
Impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, we make our irrevocable decisions
We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.
Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.
Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.
No man fails who does his best...
All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
The truth of the matter is that there's nothing you can't accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you're absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You're willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what's working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.
Don't mistake activity for achievement.
Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.
Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.
For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
To get what you want, STOP doing what isn't working.
The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it -- immediately.
Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.
The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.
At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self.
Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself.
Home is where the heart is.
He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.
It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies; seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.
Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen to be a pygmy.
Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength
Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by other men.
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
What is to give light must endure the burning.
Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds; all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.
Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.
To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.
Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you.
Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
Nothing is beneath you if it is in the direction of your life.
A decision without the pressure of consequence is hardly a decision at all.
Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong.
Nothing . . . will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.
Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity.
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.
I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.
Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal become a mini goal in itself.
Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.
The heart that truly loves never forgets.
Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity - in short, of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal.
Socialism is the same as Communism, only better English.
And life, after all, is not what we want, but what we have.
Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.
In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.
It is on the whole probably that we continually dream, but that consciousness makes such a noise that we do not hear it.
A relationship, I think, is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.
Every Passing Minute Is Another Chance To Turn It All Around.
For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.
People who are having a love-sex relationship are continuously lying to each other because the very nature of the relationship demands that they do, because you have to make a love object of this person, which means that you editorialize about them. You cut out what you don't want to see, you add this if it isn't there. And so therefore you're building a lie.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui s, vanish, all duties even.
To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.
Hope is a waking dream.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feel it.
Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
Doubt can only be removed by action.
Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it. It is obviously impossible to get around it, jump over it, or simply avoid it.
The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're still alive.
In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person.
Love is the beauty of the soul.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.
Hell is other people.
Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.
Never rise to speak till you have something to say; and when you have said it, cease.
One does not fall in love; one grows into love, and love grows in him.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide.
Love is not love until love's vulnerable.
Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.
Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.
Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will--tomorrow!
Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again -- this is the brave and happy life.
It is well for his peace that the saint goes to his martyrdom. He is spared the sight of the horror of his harvest.
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.
It is not enough for me to ask question; I want to know how to answer the one question that seems to encompass everything I face: What am I here for?
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
The next best thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one.
More and more Emerson recedes grandly into history, as the future he predicted becomes a past.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.
Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.
Another of our highly prized virtues is fidelity. We are immensely pleased with ourselves when we are faithful.
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.
About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
Paradise is Where I Am.
Beware of the person of one book.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.
My alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.

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