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The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.

When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away.
Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words.
You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power -- he's free again.
A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.
If there is a wrong way to do something, then someone will do it.
It is better to be unfaithful than faithful without wanting to be.
It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we're in.
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
Today, if you invent a better mousetrap, the government comes along with a better mouse.
Approximately 80 % of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.
What we have found in this country, and maybe we're more aware of it now, is one problem that we've had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say, by choice.
Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
If you've seen one redwood, you've seen them all.
I recently learned something quite interesting about video games. Many young people have developed incredible hand, eye, and brain coordination in playing these games. The air force believes these kids will be our outstanding pilots should they fly our jets.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
O sleep, O gentle sleep, nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eye-lids down and steep my senses in forgetfulness?
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
Come, let's have one other gaudy night. Call to me. All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more. Let's mock the midnight bell.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.
Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love.
We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.
Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
Leadership is not a position. You are not a leader because you have the title of manager. Leadership is something that we earn from followers on a day to day basis.
One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine, and so much in retrospect, that the amount of each person's genius is confined to a very few hours.
The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so.
City people try to buy time as a rule, when they can, whereas country people are prepared to kill time, although both try to cherish in their mind's eye the notion of a better life ahead.
You are the music while the music lasts.
To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!
If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.
Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.
Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis -- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
We in America have everything we need except the most important thing of all-time to think and the habit of thought.
It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.
The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
The sense of paralysis proceeds not so much out of the mammoth size of the problem but out of the puniness of the purpose.
The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness.
A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.
Call no man unhappy until he is married.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.
Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.
By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.
Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.
One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.
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?
The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth
The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods.
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
An unexamined life is not worth living.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.
If I tell you that I would be disobeying the god and on that account it is impossible for me to keep quiet, you won't be persuaded by me, taking it that I am ionizing. And if I tell you that it is the greatest good for a human being to have discussions every day about virtue and the other things you hear me talking about, examining myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not livable for a human being, you will be even less persuaded.
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
Naturam rerum cognoscere primum. "First know the nature of things" or "Get your facts straight first".
No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Worthless people love only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to pay the debt?
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
Fortune makes a fool of those she favors too much.
Who then is free? The one who wisely is lord of themselves, who neither poverty, death or captivity terrify, who is strong to resist his appetites and shun honors, and is complete in themselves smooth and round like a globe.
Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself.
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.
What we learn only through the ears makes less impression upon our minds than what is presented to the trustworthy eye.
How great, my friends, is the virtue of living upon a little!
He who has made it a practice to lie and deceive his father, will be the most daring in deceiving others.
A good scare is worth more than good advice.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.
Gold will be slave or master.
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.
I shall not wholly die, and a great part of me will escape the grave.
Pale death with an impartial foot knocks at the hovels of the poor and the palaces of king.
The poets aim is either to profit or to please, or to blend in one the delightful and the useful. Whatever the lesson you would convey, be brief, that your hearers may catch quickly what is said and faithfully retain it. Every superfluous word is spilled from the too-full memory.
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
A word once uttered can never be recalled.
Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.
I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.
The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.
A picture is a poem without words.
To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
A jest often decides matters of importance more effectual and happily than seriousness.
Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient.
Knowledge without education is but armed injustice.
He has not lived badly whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world.
Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.
Why harass with eternal purposes a mind to weak to grasp them?
The man is either mad, or he is making verses.
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.
You are where you are today because you've chosen to be there.
You don't need an explanation for everything, Recognize that there are such things as miracles -- events for which there are no ready explanations. Later knowledge may explain those events quite easily.
When you know that you're capable of dealing with whatever comes, you have the only security the world has to offer.
Security... it's simply the recognition that changes will take place and the knowledge that you're willing to deal with whatever happens.
He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.
Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth.
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Some men are born old, and some men never seem so. If we keep well and cheerful, we are always young and at last die in youth even when in years would count as old.
Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow up.
Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliance and the impetuosity with which you take hold, but upon the ever lasting and sanctified bull doggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.
It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.
All change is not growth; all movement is not forward.
In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on.
We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.
Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws -- a thing which can never be demonstrated.
Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.
Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.
Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
Hell is truth seen too late, duty neglected in its season.
If you would know anything thoroughly, teach it to others.
Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another -- too often ending in the loss of both.
Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.
Never be so brief as to become obscure.
The first step to improvement, whether mental, moral, or religious, is to know ourselves--our weakness,errors, deficiencies, and sins, that, by divine grace, we may overcome and turn from them all.
People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves.
To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.
Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.

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