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Ones' ego only fools its' architect

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.
Better see rightly on a pound a week than squint on a million.
I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.
Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.
He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
All great truths begin as blasphemies.
Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
The worst sin... is... to be indifferent.
Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
You are the only one thinking in your mind..
The intelligence of fear rationalizes cowardice and deceit..
One man's folly is often another man's wife.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
Failure is success if we learn from it.
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.
When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
I praise loudly, I blame softly.
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
By persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation. Men should be more careful.
To make men Socialists is nothing, but to make Socialism human is a great thing.
Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
The truth is rarely pure, and never simple
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading at all.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my ax.
Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.
I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
God must love the common man, he made so many of them.
I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
My father taught me to work, but he did not teach me to love it.
Man is the only animal that blushes -- or needs to.
Wealth unused might as well not exist.
I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell -- you see, I have friends in both places.
Never do wrong when people are looking.
Thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work.
I do not like work even when someone else does it.
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.
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.
I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
Familiarity breeds contempt; and children.
I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
Forget and forgive. This is not difficult when properly understood. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.
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.
Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Methuselah lived to be 969 years old . You boys and girls will see more in the next fifty years than Methuselah saw in his whole lifetime.
Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.
It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history.
There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
The only way around is through.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
Please all, and you will please none.
Fools take to themselves the respect that is given to their office.
Golf is a good walk spoiled.
Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.
The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
Education is the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.
Often the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.
No real gentleman will tell the naked truth in the presence of ladies.
Be virtuous and you will be eccentric.
There are no people who are quite so vulgar as the over-refined.
If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.
Wit and Humor -- if any difference, it is in duration -- lightning and electric light. Same material, apparently; but one is vivid, and can do damage -- the other fools along and enjoys elaboration.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure.
To stop smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know; I've done it a thousand times.
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
The way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.
Such is the human race. Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
Between us, we cover all knowledge; he knows all that can be known and I know the rest.
It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.
The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
A banker is a fellow who lends his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

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