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Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.

People are like stained -- glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
A person will be called to account on Judgment Day for every permissible thing he might have enjoyed but did not.
Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow.
Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.
One does not fall in love; one grows into love, and love grows in him.
Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
Commas in The New Yorker fall with the precision of knives in a circus act, outlining the victim.
The writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood for the want of merely a comma, it often occurs that an axiom appears a paradox, or that a sarcasm is converted into a sermonoid.
My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements.
I didn't have to think up so much as a comma or a semicolon; it was all given, straight from the celestial recording room. Weary, I would beg for a break, an intermission, time enough, let's say, to go to the toilet or take a breath of fresh air on the balcony. Nothing doing!
I don't know the rules of grammar. If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language.
It takes more time and effort and delicacy to learn the silence of a people than to learn its sounds. Some people have a special gift for this. Perhaps this explains why some missionaries, notwithstanding their efforts, never come to speak properly, to communicate delicately through silences. Although they speak with the accent of natives they remain forever thousands of miles away. The learning of the grammar of silence is an art much more difficult to learn than the grammar of sounds.
Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.
Grammar, which can govern even Kings.
Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.
The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson color of it should creep into his vote. The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes.
We just did a survey that showed.... something like 65 percent of the [American] people couldn't vote for the First Amendment if it was up for a vote today.
I talk democracy to these men and women. I tell them that they have the vote, and that theirs is the kingdom and the power and the glory. I say to them You are supreme: exercise your power. They say, That's right: tell us what to do; and I tell them. I say Exercise our vote intelligently by voting for me. And they do. That's democracy; and a splendid thing it is too for putting the right men in the right place.
A man without a vote is man without protection.
Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.
Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
The universe is not rich enough to buy the vote of an honest man.
You can milk a cow the wrong way once and still be a farmer, but vote the wrong way on a water tower and you can be in trouble.
The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal -- that you can gather votes like box tops -- is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.
I have just received the following wire from my generous Daddy. It says, Dear Jack: Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I am going to pay for a landslide.
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests
You need to know that a member of Congress who refuses to allow the minimum wage to come up for a vote made more money during last year's one-month government shutdown than a minimum wage worker makes in an entire year.
Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grow.
Grammar and logic free language from being at the mercy of the tone of voice. Grammar protects us against misunderstanding the sound of an uttered name; logic protects us against what we say have double meaning.
At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
I fear we are not getting rid of God because we still believe in grammar.
Like everything metaphysical the harmony between thought and reality is to be found in the grammar of the language.
The violent illiteracies of the graffiti, the clenched silence of the adolescent, the nonsense cries from the stage-happening, are resolutely strategic. The insurgent and the freak-out have broken off discourse with a cultural system which they despise as a cruel, antiquated fraud. They will not bandy words with it. Accept, even momentarily, the conventions of literate linguistic exchange, and you are caught in the net of the old values, of the grammars that can condescend or enslave.
When I hear the hypercritical quarreling about grammar and style, the position of the particles, etc., etc., stretching or contracting every speaker to certain rules of theirs. I see that they forget that the first requisite and rule is that expression shall be vital and natural, as much as the voice of a brute or an interjection: first of all, mother tongue; and last of all, artificial or father tongue. Essentially your truest poetic sentence is as free and lawless as a lamb's bleat.
Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter.
A wise man doesn't just wait for the right opportunity, He creates the right opportunity.
Why are there so many people who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity?
Pain and death are a part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
God give me the serenity to accept things which cannot be changed;Give me courage to change things which must be changed;And the wisdom to distinguish one from the other.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
I reached in experience the nirvana which is unborn, unrivalled, secure from attachment, undecaying and unstained. This condition is indeed reached by me which is deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand, tranquil, excellent, beyond the reach of mere logic, subtle, and to be realized only by the wise.
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.
An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
You were placed on this earth to create, not to compete.
Keep doing good deeds long enough, and you'll probably turn out a good man in spite of yourself.
We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
He who helps in the saving of others, Saves himself as well.
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.
Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.
Cats exercise... a magic influence upon highly developed men of intellect. This is why these long-tailed Graces of the animal kingdom, these adorable, scintillating electric batteries have been the favorite animal of a Mohammed, Cardinal Richlieu, Crebillon, Rousseau, Wieland.
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.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
Dream the impossible dream, Fight the unbeatable foe, Strive with your last ounce of courage, to reach the unreachable star.
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
Never spend your money before you have earned it.
The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.
A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. [Luke 12:15]
No man is more than another unless he does more than another.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all these.
To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.
The more you learn what to do with yourself, and the more you do for others, the more you will learn to enjoy the abundant life.
Living creatures are nourished by food, and food is nourished by rain; rain itself is the water of life, which comes from selfless worship and service.
Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
Power is the by-product of understanding.
Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.
I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.
Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.
Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
What doth it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?
A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength. [Proverbs 24:5]
The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. [Job 1:21]
The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
A word after a word after a word is power.
To those who despair of everything reason cannot provide a faith, but only passion, and in this case it must be the same passion that lay at the root of the despair, namely humiliation and hatred.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
All colors will agree in the dark.
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.
Firm, faithful, and devoted, full of energy and zeal, and truth, he labors for his race; he clears their painful way to improvement; he hews down like a giant the prejudices of creed and caste that encumber it. He may be stern; he may be exacting; he may be ambitious yet; but his is the sternness of the warrior Greatheart, who guards his pilgrim convoy from the onslaught of Apollyon. His is the exaction of the apostle, who speaks but for Christ, when he says, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. His is the ambition of the high master-spirit, which aims to fill a place in the first rank of those who are redeemed from the earth -- who stand without fault before the throne of God, who share the last mighty victories of the Lamb, who are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Faith without works is like a bird without wings; though she may hop with her companions on earth, yet she will never fly with them to heaven.
Faith is a higher faculty than reason.
Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.
In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that faith is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?
In faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity.
Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand.
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.
Alas after a certain age, every man is responsible for his own face.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.
Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.
Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.
Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
The price of power is responsibility for the public good.
A friend in power is a friend lost.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The power to do good is also the power to do harm.
Luck can often mean simple taking advantage of a situation at the right moment, It is possible to make your luck by being always prepared.
Self-trust is the essence of heroism.
It is just as impossible to help reform by conciliating prejudice as it is by buying votes. Prejudice is the enemy. Whoever is not for you is against you.
Power tires only those who do not have it.
Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shrewd unto thee than men understand.
Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
Desire to know why, and how -- curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge -- exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery everyday. Never lose a holy curiosity.
Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.
Curiosity ... endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.
It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
Heaven never helps the men who will not act.
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
Truth is always the strongest argument.
There is no success without hardship.
Look and you will find it -- what is unsought will go undetected.

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