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Conscience is the dog that can't bite, but never stops barking.

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.
A woman's mind is cleaner than a man s: She changes it more often.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.
When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.
No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.
Change is inevitable-except from a vending machine.
Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
Trouble is the next best thing to enjoyment. There is no fate in the world so horrible as to have no share in either its joys or sorrows.
However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.
Life is real! Life is earnest! And death is not its goal. Dust thou art, to dust returneth, was not spoken of the soul.
Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.
He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
Silently, one by one,in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels
You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.
Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people the gray head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged.
Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Don't just count your years, make your years count.
I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap.
Someday you will read in the papers that Moody is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I was born of the flesh in 1837, I was born of the spirit in 1855. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit shall live forever.
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
I wasted time, and now time doth waste me.
Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life.
As winter strips the leaves from around us, so that we may see the distant regions they formerly concealed, so old age takes away our enjoyments only to enlarge the prospect of the coming eternity.
It takes a long time to become young.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are.
Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, age don't matter.
Age does not protect you from love but love to some extent protects you from age.
Our civilization has decided that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men. When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects twelve of the ordinary men standing round. The same thing was done, if I remember right, by the Founder of Christianity.
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.
The golden age only comes to men when they have forgotten gold.
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor.
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
Being contented ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.
I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
No man knows he is young while he is young.
The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.
Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.
Military glory --the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.
I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason, I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. 2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. 3. You cannot help small men up by tearing big men down. 4. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. 5. You cannot lift the wage-earner up by pulling the wage-payer down. 6. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. 7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. 8. You cannot establish sound social security on borrowed money. 9. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a mans initiative and independence. 10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: And this, too, shall pass away. How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride!how consoling in the depth of affliction!
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
I know that the LORD is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the LORDS side.
I think very much of the people, as an old friend said he thought of woman. He said when he lost his first wife, who had been a great help to him in his business, he thought he was ruinedthat he could never find another to fill her place. At length, however, he married another, who he found did quite as well as the first, and that his opinion now was that any woman would do well who was well done by. So I think of the whole people of this nationthey will ever do well if well done by. We will try to do well by them in all parts of the country, North and South, with entire confidence that all will be well with all of us.
He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when the sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was orphan.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my ax.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
Most people think life sucks, and then you die. Not me. I beg to differ. I think life sucks, then you get cancer, then your dog dies, your wife leaves you, the cancer goes into remission, you get a new dog, you get remarried, you owe ten million dollars in medical bills but you work hard for thirty-five years and you pay it back and then -- one day -- you have a massive stroke, your whole right side is paralyzed, you have to limp along the streets and speak out of the left side of your mouth and drool but you go into rehabilitation and regain the power to walk and the power to talk and then -- one day -- you step off a curb at Sixty-seventh Street, and BANG you get hit by a city bus and then you die. Maybe.
The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.
It's a sad house where the hen crows louder than the cock.
Don't go through life, grow through life.
Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.
Life's a bitch, and life's got lots of sisters.
A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees the further of the two.
Oh! death will find me long before I tire of watching you.
Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
Death is nature's way of saying, Your table's ready.
Unlearned men of books are like the eunuchs who are guardians of the beautiful.
Never learn to do anything. If you don't learn, you will always find someone else to do it for you.
Don't just learn the tricks of the trade. Learn the trade.
The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.
You may burn my body to ashes, and scatter them to the winds of heaven; you may drag my soul down to the regions of darkness and despair to be tormented forever; but you will never get me to support a measure which I believe to be wrong, although by doing so I may accomplish that which I believe to be right.
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.
One day I sat thinking, almost in despair; a hand fell on my shoulder and a voice said reassuringly: cheer up, things could get worse. So I cheered up and, sure enough, things got worse.
More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Despair is the damp of hell, as joy is the serenity of heaven.
How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?
All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
No true work since the world began was ever wasted; no true life since the world began has ever failed. Oh, understand those two perverted word, failure and success and measure them by the eternal, not the earthly, standard. When after thirty obscure, toilsome, unrecorded years in the shop of the village carpenter, one came forth to be pre-eminently the man of sorrows, to wander from city to city in homeless labors, and to expire in lonely agony upon the shameful cross -- was that a failure.
Brady's First Law of Problem Solving: When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question: How would the Lone Ranger have handled this?
If God gives you a watch, are you honoring Him more by asking Him what time it is or by simply consulting the watch?
The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.
Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
Though he slay me, I shall yet trust Him.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
Courage brother, do not stumble, though thy path be dark as night: There is a star to guide the humble, Trust in God, and do the right. Let the road be dark and dreary and its end far out of sight. Face it bravely, strong or weary. Trust in God, and do the right.
Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.
All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.
Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life.
No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband, and I know he can be trusted.
Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.
No cross no crown.
It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.
Abandon all hope, you who enter here!
No man is beaten until his hope is annihilated, his confidence gone, As long as a man faces life hopefully, confidently, triumphantly, he is not a failure; he is not beaten until he turns his back on life.
To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last -- but eat you he will.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.
I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
The difficulty is not that great to die for a friend, the hard part is finding a friend worth dying for.
If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
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.
The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.
A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.
Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.
I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.
While there's life, there's hope.
The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.

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