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There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
I never worked a day in my life. It's not work when you love what you're doing.
When people are bored it is primarily with themselves.
I suspect that American workers have come to lack a work ethic. They do not live by the sweat of their brow.
Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much.
A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.
Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.
I believe in Christianity as I believe in the rising sun; not because I see it, but by it I can see all else.
It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you wake in the morning.
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Love is a great beautifier.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer present or not guilty.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
May you look back on the past with as much pleasure as you look forward to the future.
It's not the men in my life that counts, it's the life in my men.
My advice to those who think they have to take off their clothes to be a star is, once you're boned, what's left to create the illusion? Let em wonder. I never believed in giving them too much of me.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
I used to be snow white, but I drifted.
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
A man's reputation is what other people think of him; his character is what he really is.
Character is what you are in the dark.
Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.
When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how -- the very best I can. And I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
A hero is someone right who doesn't change.
We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.
A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around.
Most people aren't appreciated enough, and the bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves. No one throws ticker tape on the man who chose to be faithful to his wife, on the lawyer who didn't take the drug money, or the daughter who held her tongue again and again. All this anonymous heroism.
It is better to be frightened now than killed hereafter
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.
What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.
The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.
We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in Gods good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
One woman who managed to corner him, the story runs, said in a treacly gushing voice:Doesnt it thrill you, Mr. Churchill, to know that every time you make a speech the hall is packed to overflowing?It is quite flattering, Mr. Churchill replied, but whenever I feel this way I always remember that if instead of making a political speech I was being hanged, the crowd would be twice as big.
If you are going through hell, keep going.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.
The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use the pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time; a tremendous whack.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.
We are but tenants and shortly the great landlord will give us notice that our lease has expired.
You don't have to be old in America to say of a world you lived in: That world is gone.
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell em, Certainly I can! -- and get busy and find out how to do it.
Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person against whom you hold these feelings but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
Sin is sweet in the beginning, but bitter in the end.
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.
Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
Perfection is what American women expect to find in their husbands... but English women only hope to find in their butlers.
Love is like pi -- natural, irrational, and very important.
He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
We should keep so close to facts that we never have to remember the second time what we said the first time.
I think when the full horror of being fifty hits you, you should stay home and have a good cry.
Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.
I only like two kinds of men; domestic and foreign.
Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live
There is nothing in the world like a persuasive speech to fuddle the mental apparatus.
An unemployed existence is a worse negation of life than death itself.
I have not failed. I've just found 10, 000 ways that won't work.
Friends come and go but enemies accumulate.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
By seeking and blundering we learn.
If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be research.
What is research, but a blind date with knowledge.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!
A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
The follies which a man regrets most in his life, are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
You can't pray a lie.
The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn't take any brains to complain.
The days are too short even for love; how can there be enough time for quarreling?
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Those who sleep with dogs gets up with fleas.
Few love to hear the sins they love to act.
No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.
Wit is educated insolence.
Listen. Don't explain or justify.
A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
One drop of hatred left in the cup of joy turns the most blissful draught into poison.
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Books had instant replay long before televised sports.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
The older I grow the more I listen to people who don't talk much.
We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.
If you speak the truth, have a foot in the stirrup.
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use.
Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead!
If God exists and we are made in his image we can have real meaning, and we can have real knowledge through what he has communicated to us.
Good is not good, when better is expected.

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