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Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.

Most of our executives make very sound decisions. The trouble is many of them have turned out not to have been right.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief.
Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.
The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough.
There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.
Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger.
I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can.
Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.
Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you: you must acquire it.
Man knows more than he understands.
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.
Life loves the liver of it.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.
We cannot advance without new experiments in living, but no wise man tries every day what he has proved wrong the day before.
Wise people, even though all laws were abolished, would still lead the same life.
The wise man sees in the misfortune of others what he should avoid.
In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it, thou art a fool.
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
The troubles of the young are soon over; they leave no external mark. If you wound the tree in its youth the bark will quickly cover the gash; but when the tree is very old, peeling the bark off, and looking carefully, you will see the scar there still. All that is buried is not dead.
Everyone suffers wrongs for which there is no remedy.
An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.
Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant.
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.
The cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
No matter how long he lives, no man ever becomes as wise as the average woman of forty-eight.
The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
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.
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. [Isaiah 48:10]
Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.
Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. [Measure For Measure]
Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral, 48% indignation, and 50% envy.
When a match has equal partners then I fear not.
To marry unequally is to suffer equally.
I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night.
The Law of Win/Win says, Let's not do it your way or my way; let's do it the best way.
What it comes down to is that anybody can win with the best horse. What makes you good is if you can take the second or third-best horse and win.
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.
The mind's direction is more important than its progress.
We always believe God is like ourselves, the indulgent think him indulgent and the stern, terrible.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.
Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.
Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it.
We have it in our power to begin the world over again.
It is tact that is golden, not silence.
Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden, not silence.
Tact is knowing how far to go too far.
Tact in audacity consists in knowing how far we may go too far.
Living with a saint is more grueling than being one.
Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs.
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.
Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is.
When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing -- deprived himself of the power of living life as it is without wishing it to become something different.
I have to live for others and not for myself: that's middle-class morality.
What I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.
Euphemisms are not, as many young people think, useless verbiage for that which can and should be said bluntly; they are like secret agents on a delicate mission, they must airily pass by a stinking mess with barely so much as a nod of the head, make their point of constructive criticism and continue on in calm forbearance. Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
Don't be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring.
An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain.
Seek ye counsel of the aged for their eyes have looked on the faces of the years and their ears have hardened to the voices of Life. Even if their counsel is displeasing to you, pay heed to them.
When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.
One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.
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 tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them.
No totalitarians, no wars, no fears, famines or perils of any kind can really break a man's spirit until he breaks it himself by surrendering. Tyranny has many dread powers, but not the power to rule the spirit.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained.
Be virtuous and you will be eccentric.
Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
The world thinks eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
A faithful friend is the medicine of life.
A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat.
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, which will itself need reforming.
People who have reformed themselves has contributed their full share towards the reformation of their neighbor.
Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.
Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author's phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.
Nothing is new except arrangement.
Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.
Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?
It doesn't matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it's important to realize that whatever you're doing, it's your first attempt at it.
Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized.
The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
Crises refine life. In them you discover what you are.
Sooner or later comes a crisis in our affairs, and how we meet it determines our future happiness and success. Since the beginning of time, every form of life has been called upon to meet such crisis.
Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis -- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a will to renewal. This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of crises -- of rupture, repudiation and resistance. When there is no crisis, there is stagnation, petrifaction and death. All thought, all art is aggressive.
When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.
When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters -- one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.
He who hesitates is probably right.
Don't put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today.
Elijah went before the people and said, How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him. But the people said nothing. [1 Kings 18:21]
A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.
Don't wait for someone to take you under their wing. Find a good wing and climb up underneath it.
There is something in omens.
From labor health, from health contentment springs.
We must not let daylight in upon the magic.
The magic of the pen lies in the concentration of your thoughts upon one object.
True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.
Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.
For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. [St. Paul In Philippians 4:11]
Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
If ever we hear a case of lying, we must look for a severe parents. A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
We catch on to the truth and technique of expectation in those rare moments when we are stirred by an awareness of a guidance seemingly higher and greater than our own, when for a little while we are taken over by a force and an intelligence above and beyond those commonly felt. Confident and free, filled with wonder and ready acceptance, we permit ourselves to be taken over by our unquestioning self.
We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.
He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.
It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.

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