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When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.

The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivation, you're down the path of inactivity. You stumble only if you're moving.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
If a man has done his best, what else is there?
For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Wise men argue cases, fools decide them.
Fools and obstinate men make lawyers rich.
Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done.
Fools can find fault, but they can't act anymore wisely.
Nothing fools people as much as extreme passion.
Despair is the conclusion of fools.
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
No man is esteemed for colorful garments except by fools and women.
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.
Now is the watchword of the wise.
There are two kinds of fools: One says, This is old therefore it is good. The other one says, This is new therefore it is better.
As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
Solitude is the despair of fools, the torment of the wicked, and the joy of the good.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
Talk doesn't cook rice.
A man grows most tired while standing still.
If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if you employ him, don't suspect him.
If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.
Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.
Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.
The wise man says it cannot be done, but the fool goes and does it.
A wise man admits his weaknesses. I'd admit mine if I had any.
Only a fool knows everything. A wise man knows how little he knows.
Look wise say nothing and grunt, speech was given to conceal thought.
The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humor, to once from their reason.
The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. [Measure For Measure]
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; The wise grows it under his feet.
Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
Wise people are foolish if they cannot adapt to foolish people.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
The wise man applauds he who he thinks most virtuous; the rest of the world applauds the wealthy.
The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.
If He Tom Sawyer had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.
Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. In is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and a manly heart.
True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world.
A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her.
A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the full value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?
Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is a tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.
Wit is educated insolence.

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