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Courage is acting in spite of fear.

Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.
Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
It is only when you are asked to believe in Reason coming from non-reason that you must cry Halt. Human minds. They do not come from nowhere.
There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.
I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
Humans are amphibians -- half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.
The safest road to hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.
The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain.
A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you.
God does notice us, and He watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs.
Every divorce is the result of selfishness on the part of one or the other or both parties to a marriage contract. Someone is thinking of self comforts, conveniences, freedoms, luxuries, or ease. Sometimes the ceaseless pin pricking of an unhappy, discontented, and selfish spouse can finally add up to serious physical violence. Sometimes people are goaded to the point where they erringly feel justified in doing the things that are so wrong. Nothing of course justifies sin.
The knowledge of truth, combined with the proper regard for it and its' faithful observance, constitutes true education.
The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our whole philosophy, not our whole philosophy on a feeling.
The fundamental laws are in the long run merely statements that every event is itself and not some different event.
Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they own their bodies -- those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!
If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.
Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, Thy will be done, and those to whom God says, All right, then, have it your way.
Watch what you choose to do. For instance, someone might want you to smoke. Never forget that I told you -- don't do it. Say no. That can of beer that somebody wants you to try, don't do it. Don't you ever do it. That drug that someone might want you to use, don't touch it. Stay away from it. It can destroy you.
There is no substitute for virtue. Keep your thoughts virtuous. Rise above the filth that's all around you in this world and stand tall in strength and virtue. You can do this and you will be happier for it for as long as you live. God bless you in cherishing, developing and holding on to this great gift, the quality of personal virtue.
The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men.
Growth is the only evidence of life.
Calculation never made a hero.
It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.
Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that. But if one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business. But though I have no personal experience of the things they call love, I have what is better -- the experience of Sappho, of Euripides, of Catallus, of Shakespeare, of Spenser, of Austen, of Bronte, of anyone else I have read.
Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.
To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.

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