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Nothing is more unjust or capricious than public opinion.

The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings.
No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.
We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.
The art of pleasing consists in being pleased.
They are, as it were, train-bearers in the pageant of life, and hold a glass up to humanity, frailer than itself. We see ourselves at second-hand in them: they show us all that we are, all that we wish to be, and all that we dread to be. What brings the resemblance nearer is, that, as they imitate us, we, in our turn, imitate them. There is no class of society whom so many persons regard with affection as actors.
The most learned are often the most narrow minded.
There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice.
There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiless, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. It is the greatest of cowards, for it is afraid of itself.
Few things tend more to alienate friendship than a want of punctuality in our engagements. I have known the breach of a promise to dine or sup to break up more than one intimacy.
We grow tired of everything but turning others into ridicule, and congratulating ourselves on their defects.
A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read in it.
I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it roaring and raging like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free, and ending just where it began.
We can bear to be deprived of everything but our self-conceit.
We talk little when we do not talk about ourselves.
The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago.
The most sensible people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world, who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what things ought to be.
We are the creatures of imagination, passion, and self-will, more than of reason or even of self-interest. Even in the common transactions and daily intercourse of life, we are governed by whim, caprice, prejudice, or accident. The falling of a teacup puts us out of temper for the day; and a quarrel that commenced about the pattern of a gown may end only with our lives.
Mankind are an incorrigible race. Give them but bugbears and idols -- it is all that they ask; the distinctions of right and wrong, of truth and falsehood, of good and evil, are worse than indifferent to them.
We find many things to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation.
Taste is nothing but an enlarged capacity for receiving pleasure from works of imagination.
Good temper is one of the greatest preservers of the features.
Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.
I would like to spend my whole life traveling, if I could borrow another life to spend at home.
There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.
The thing is plain. All that men really understand, is confined to a very small compass; to their daily affairs and experience; to what they have an opportunity to know, and motives to study or practice. The rest is affectation and imposture.
The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings.
To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous.
People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.
The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
The confession of our failings is a thankless office. It savors less of sincerity or modesty than of ostentation. It seems as if we thought our weaknesses as good as other people's virtues.
As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.
We are all of us, more or less, the slaves of opinion.
Gallantry to women -- the sure road to their favor -- is nothing but the appearance of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes, a delight in their satisfaction, and a confidence in yourself as being able to contribute toward it.
We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.
Death cancels everything but truth; and strips a man of everything but genius and virtue. It is a sort of natural canonization. It makes the meanest of us sacred --it installs the poet in his immortality, and lifts him to the skies. Death is the greatest assayer of the sterling ore of talent. At his touch the dropsy particles fall off, the irritable, the personal, the gross, and mingle with the dust --the finer and more ethereal part mounts with winged spirit to watch over our latest memory, and protect our bones from insult. We consign the least worthy qualities to oblivion, and cherish the nobler and imperishable nature with double pride and fondness.
My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind.
If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second. Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips.
The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might of the force of habit and must understand that practices are what create habits. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires.
To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.
There are always opportunities through which businessmen can profit handsomely if they will only recognize and seize them.
I buy when other people are selling.
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.
A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
One mustn't allow acting to be like stockbroker -- you must not take it just as a means of earning a living, to go down every day to do a job of work. The big thing is to combine punctuality, efficiency, good nature, obedience, intelligence, and concentration with an unawareness of what is going to happen next, thus keeping yourself available for excitement.
In every election in American history both parties have their cliches. The party that has the cliches that ring true wins.
If Thomas Edison invented electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as, Candle making industry threatened.
If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.
No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.
Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.
Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness.
We enter parliament in order to supply ourselves, in the arsenal of democracy, with its own weapons. If democracy is so stupid as to give us free tickets and salaries for this bear's work, that is its affair. We do not come as friends, nor even as neutrals. We come as enemies. As the wolf bursts into the flock, so we come.
Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.
The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic that to love others.
The best way to know God is to love many things.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
From success you get a lot of things, but not that great inside thing that love brings you.
To get it right, be born with luck or else make it. Never give up. Get the knack of getting people to help you and also pitch in yourself. A little money helps, but what really gets it right is to never -- I repeat -- never under any conditions face the facts.
When work is a pleasure, life is joy.! When work is a duty, life is slavery.
The woman's vision is deep reaching, the man's far reaching. With the man the world is his heart, with the woman the heart is her world.
Laughter is the only tranquilizer with no side effects.
Laughter translates into any language.
America's founding fathers did not intend to take religion out of education. Many of the nation's greatest universities were founded by evangelists and religious leaders; but many of these have lost the founders concept and become secular institutions. Because of this attitude, secular education is stumbling and floundering.
I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.
Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
To love what you do and feel that it matters -- how could anything be more fun?
To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that he doesn't know what to do or that he can't do it on his own.
Generally speaking, when a woman offers unsolicited advice or tries to help a man, she has no idea of how critical and unloving she may sound to him.
Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed. Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished.
Just as women are afraid of receiving, men are afraid of giving.
A women under stress is not immediately concerned with finding solutions to her problems but rather seeks relief by expressing herself and being understood.
When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom.
There are three things to aim at in public speaking: First to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into your hearers.
It is true that when we take chances, we stand to lose. But it is also true that we will never win anything if we never even enter the game. Lucky people are aware of the possibility of losing, and indeed they may lose often. But since the chances they take are small, the losses tend to be small. By being willing to accept small losses, they put themselves in position to make large gains.
Only the words of love kept alive are worthy of not being wasted
Talent is an amalgam of high sensitivity; easy vulnerability; high sensory equipment (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting -- intensely); a vivid imagination as well as a grip on reality; the desire to communicate one's own experience and sensations, to make one's self heard and seen.
I am only one,But still I am one. I cannot do everything,But still I can do something;And because I cannot do everythingI will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Every theory of love, from Plato down teaches that each individual loves in the other sex what he lacks in himself.
Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it... the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.
We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.
I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.
We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.
Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only those who keep their eye fixed on the far horizon will find their right road.
Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
When the morning's freshness has been replaced by the weariness of midday, when the leg muscles give under the strain, the climb seems endless, and suddenly nothing will go quite as you wish-it is then that you must not hesitate.
The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
Life only demands from you the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible; not to run away.
We will either find a way, or make one.
We have no commission from God to police the world.
The Beatles exist apart from my Self. I am not really Beatle George. Beatle George is like a suit or shirt that I once wore on occasion and until the end of my life people may see that shirt and mistake it for me.
Life flows on within you and without you.
Like what you do, if you don't like it, do something else.
In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.
I've never seen a monument erected for a pessimist.
The virtue of angels is that they cannot deteriorate; their flaw is that they cannot improve. Humanity's flaw is that we can deteriorate; but our virtue is that we can improve.
Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.
A human action becomes genuinely important when it springs from the soil of a clear-sighted awareness of the temporality and the ephemerally of everything human. It is only this awareness that can breathe any greatness into an action.
Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, I have failed three times, and what happens when he says, I am a failure.
It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
It is the individual who knows how little they know about themselves who stands the most reasonable chance of finding out something about themselves before they die.
If everybody is rewarded just for being alive, you get the same sort of effect as you do when you reward every student just for being enrolled. You destroy not only education, you destroy society by giving A's to everyone. This is a philosophical consideration that bothers me very much as I sit in the United States Senate and see the great budget allocations going through.
In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
If you rest, you rust.
Movies are one of the bad habits that corrupted our century. Of their many sins, I offer as the worst their effect on the intellectual side of the nation. It is chiefly from that viewpoint I write of them -- as an eruption of trash that has lamed the American mind and retarded Americans from becoming a cultured people.
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
one can never consent to creep when one feels an impluse to soar
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Remember that you are an actor in a drama, of such a part as it may please the master to assign you, for a long time or for a little as he may choose. And if he will you to take the part of a poor man, or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen, then may you act that part with grace! For to act well the part that is allotted to us, that indeed is ours to do, but to choose it is another s.
No man is free who is not a master of himself.
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
No great thing is created suddenly.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.
It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.
Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.
Do not plan for ventures before finishing what's at hand.
Joint undertakings stand a better chance when they benefit both sides.
Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer's love until death.
There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.
People between twenty and forty are not sympathetic. The child has the capacity to do but it can't know. It only knows when it is no longer able to do --after forty. Between twenty and forty the will of the child to do gets stronger, more dangerous, but it has not begun to learn to know yet. Since his capacity to do is forced into channels of evil through environment and pressures, man is strong before he is moral. The world's anguish is caused by people between twenty and forty.
An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist's way of scribbling Kilroy was here on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass.

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