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That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.

There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.
It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.
If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.
It seemed that each time we would become proficient at a given task there would be a change made for no apparent reason. It sometimes appeared that changes were made simply because sufficient time had elapsed since the last change. And then our efforts would begin again from the beginning.
Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
Out of love and hatred, out of earnings and borrowings and leadings and losses; out of sickness and pain; out of wooing and worshipping; out of traveling and voting and watching and caring; out of disgrace and contempt, comes our tuition in the serene and beautiful laws.
Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
It is very easy to accuse a government of imperfection, for all mortal things are full of it.
No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.
The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui s, vanish, all duties even.
Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.
The best way out of a difficulty is through it.
Education is hanging around until you've caught on.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
And were an epitaph to be my story I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
And nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.
There is the fear that we shan't prove worthy in the eyes of someone who knows us at least as well as we know ourselves. That is the fear of God. And there is the fear of Man --fear that men won't understand us and we shall be cut of from them.
No wind favors him who has no destined port.
Ambition is not a vice of little people.
Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
But sure there is need of other remedies than dreaming, a weak contention of art against nature.
We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.
In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a page- boy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk -- they are all part of the curriculum.
Example is a bright looking-glass, universal and for all shapes to look into.
All the fame you should look for in life is to have lived it quietly.
Even from their infancy we frame them to the sports of love: their instruction, behavior, attire, grace, learning and all their words azimuth only at love, respects only affection. Their nurses and their keepers imprint no other thing in them.
If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.
Fortune, seeing that she could not make fools wise, has made them lucky.
There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.
I know what I am fleeing from, but not what I am in search of.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.
Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.
A man should be upright, not be kept upright.
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.
The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.
Your life is what your thoughts make it.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.

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