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No one to blame! That was why most people led lives they hated, with people they hated. How wonderful to have someone to blame! How wonderful to live with one's nemesis! You may be miserable, but you feel forever in the right. You may be fragmented, but you feel absolved of all the blame for it. Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
My ass contemplates those who talk behind my back.
If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.
My case is a species of madness, only that it is a derangement of the Volition, and not of the intellectual faculties.
In this country, don't forget, a habit is no damn private hell. There's no solitary confinement outside of jail. A habit is hell for those you love. And in this country it's the worst kind of hell for those who love you.
The world is in balance <...>. To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
Yes, there are times when something is legitimately not our fault. Blaming others, however, keeps us in a stuck state and is ultimately rough on our own self-esteem.
When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
When the archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull's eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim -- improve yourself.
There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself.
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
Inside yourself or outside, you never have to change what you see, only the way you see it.
People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves.
He was always smoothing and polishing himself, and in the end he became blunt before he was sharp.
By these things examine thyself. By whose rules am I acting; in whose name; in whose strength; in whose glory? What faith, humility, self-denial, and love of God and to man have there been in all my actions?
Whoever will cultivate their own mind will find full employment. Every virtue does not only require great care in the planting, but as much daily solicitude in cherishing as exotic fruits and flowers; the vices and passions (which I am afraid are the natural product of the soil) demand perpetual weeding. Add to this the search after knowledge... and the longest life is too short.
All of us, who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.
The best rules to form a young man, are, to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value others that deserve it.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
Parents are not quite interested injustice, they are interested in quiet.
Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.
To love a thing means wanting it to live.
If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature .
Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.
The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.
The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.
A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it.
Parenthood is not an object of appetite or even desire. It is an object of will. There is no appetite for parenthood; there is only a purpose or intention of parenthood.
The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.
A mother is not a person to lean on but person to make leaning unnecessary.
Let your children go if you want to keep them.
Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

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