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If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap. If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing. If you want happiness for a month -- get married. If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else.

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.
Beauty is not caused. It is.
It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible.
This instant is the only time there is.
To insist on purity is to baptize instinct, to humanize art, and to deify personality.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
Repeticio est mater studiorum. Repetition is the mother of all learning.
We must love one another or die.
Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds.
Love can do much, but duty more.
He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.
There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.
There's no need to hang about waiting for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
The mere fact that you have obstacles to overcome is in your favor...
You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.
Faith is the confidence, the assurance, the enforcing truth, the knowing...
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
To love a thing means wanting it to live.
Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object?
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
Come to the edge, He said. They said, We are afraid. Come to the edge, He said. They came. He pushed them... and they flew.
Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.
A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.
Happiness is activity.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
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.
The curiosity to know things has been given to man as a scourge.
Seek not the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are beyond thy strength.
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.
The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
Hope on, and save yourself for prosperous times.
Love conquers all; let us surrender to Love.
Perhaps one day this too will be pleasant to remember.
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.
Perception is a mirror not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward.
Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.
Set the foot down with distrust on the crust of the world -- it is thin.
April comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
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.
Education is the best provision for old age.
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
Things are beautiful if you love them.
The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it.
With God, what is terrible is that one never knows whether it's not just a trick of the devil.
Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.
When one is willing and eager, the Gods join in.
In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
God loves to help him who strives to help himself.
Who, except the gods, can live time through forever without any pain?
There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.
Fate, then, is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought; for causes which are unpenetrated.
The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines.
One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly.
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
History is just the portrayal of crimes and misfortunes.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies it is the first law of nature.
The best is the enemy of the good.
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
The unconscious is the ocean of the unsayable, of what has been expelled from the land of language, removed as a result of ancient prohibitions.
In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.
Everything can change, but not the language that we carry inside us, like a world more exclusive and final than one's mother's womb.
Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
In this country it's a good thing to kill an admiral now and then to encourage the others.
The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
Paradise is Where I Am.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
Work keeps at bay, three great evils -- boredom, vice and need.
They use thought only to justify their injustices, and speech only to disguise their thoughts.
Let us work without theorizing, 'Tis the only way to make life endurable.
Superstition sets the whole world in flames; philosophy quenches them.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.
The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
How I like the boldness of the English, how I like the people who say what they think!
If there were only one religion in England there would be danger of despotism, if there were two, they would cut each other's throats, but there are thirty, and they live in peace and happiness.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect -- simply a confession of failures.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.
I can believe anything provided it is incredible.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.
If you don't ask, you don't get.

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