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Never by reflection, but only by doing is self-knowledge possible to one.

The whole life is but a point of time; let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose.
To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Misspending a man's time is a kind of self-homicide.
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
Begin to read a book that will help you move toward your dream.
All of the troubles that some people have in life is that which they married into.
Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.
How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?
We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
God's providence is on the side of clear heads.
Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?
Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; The wise grows it under his feet.
Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
Like what you do, if you don't like it, do something else.
No one is free who does not lord over himself.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.
The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.
Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you.
Life only demands from you the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible; not to run away.
There is no indispensable man.
The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked.
Better to get wisdom than gold.
There must be hearts which know the depths of our being, and swear by us, even when the whole world forsakes us.
Would you not like to try all sorts of lives -- one is so very small -- but that is the satisfaction of writing -- one can impersonate so many people.
The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it.
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.
A good name is better than precious ointment. [Ecclesiastes 7:1]
To see things in the seed is genius.
He that undervalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.
The greatest evils and the worst of crimes is poverty; our first duty, a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor.
Power never takes a step back except in the face of more power.
The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing: we know this in countless ways.
Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.
Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.
We never live, but we hope to live; and as we are always arranging to be happy, it must be that we never are so.
None knows the weight of another's burden.
Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children.
Life is a wilderness of twists and turns, where faith is your only compass.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Consumers are statistics. Customers are people.
To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.
Willingness is essential in any initiation or in making any dream come true. I can't often means I won't. You can change I won't to I will, with willpower.
Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.
Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
A great deal of talent is lost in the world for want of courage.
We are all captives of the picture in our head -- our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists.
We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
Study is the scourge of boyhood, the environment of youth, the indulgence of adults and the curative for the aged.
The only cure for grief is action.
Choose your wife as you wish your children to be.
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
There is some place where your specialties can shine. Somewhere that difference can be expressed. It's up to you to find it, and you can.
Most fear stems from sin; to limit one's sins, one must assuredly limit one's fear, thereby bringing more peace to one's spirit.
Wisdom oft times consists of knowing what to do next.
Whoever is in the distress can call me. I will come running wherever they are.
Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness
I understand people's suffering, people's pain, more than you will every know yourself.
I don't go by the rule book I lead from the heart, not the head.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.
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.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.
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.
There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation.
Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

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