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The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.

Love is an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one's own values in the person of another. One gains a profoundly personal, selfish joy from the mere existence of the person one loves. It is one's own personal, selfish happiness that one seeks, earns, and derives from love.
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.
A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.
If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.
When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
I cannot be indifferent to the assassination of a member of my profession, We should be obliged to shut up business if we, the Kings, were to consider the assassination of Kings as of no consequence at all.
One ship drives east and other drives west by the same winds that blow. It's the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go.
I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right -- shame on you!
We are the children of our own deeds.
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
The genius of Republican liberty, seems to demand on one side, not only that all power should be derived from the people; but, that those entrusted with it should be kept in dependence on the people, by a short duration of their appointments; and, that, even during this short period, the trust should be placed not in a few, but in a number of hands. Stability, on the contrary, requires, that the hands, in which power is lodged, should continue for a length of time, the same. A frequent change of men will result from a frequent return of electors, and a frequent change of measures, from a frequent change of men; whilst energy in Government requires not only a certain duration of power, but the execution of it by a single hand.
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
If you're not ready to die for it, put the word freedom out of your vocabulary.
You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
They condemn what they do not understand.
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.
Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.
What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us.
We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.
A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk.
It pays to get drunk with the best people.
I only drink to make other people seem more interesting.
What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.
When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink.
You can't be a Real Country unless you have a BEER and an airline -- it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a BEER.
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
It was a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it.
Don't you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle. I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does? The only time it isn't good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief.
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.
A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dulled and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well oiled in the closet, but unused.
There is no friend as loyal as a book
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
If you don't ask, you don't get.
Patience means self-suffering.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave. His fetters fall... freedom and slavery are mental states.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problem.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
live as if your were to die tomorrow. learn as if you were to live forever.
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
Those who know how to think need no teachers.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.
I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.
I find that a great part of the information I have, was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
How do you know so much about everything? was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
I have not failed. I've just found 10, 000 ways that won't work.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life. 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
The worst form of tyranny the world has ever known the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts.
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
A little rebellion now and then... is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
When a woman is speaking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating --people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
When a man has once loved a woman, he will do anything for her, except continue to love her.
A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.
Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
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.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Government is not reason and it is not eloquence. It is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.
Those who live are those who fight.
Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.
The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies.
If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either.
A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
A right is not what someone gives you, it's what no one can take away from you.
If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!
Genius is sorrow's child.
Genius must be born, and never can be taught.
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.
He who does not hope to win has already lost.

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