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The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one

There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing.
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.
Style is knowing who you are, what to say, and not giving a damn.
When two men share an umbrella, both of them get wet.
In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.
The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.
Prefer a loss to dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time.
I've never seen a monument erected for a pessimist.
I not only use all the brains I have but all I can borrow.
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
No one wants advice, only corroboration.
Unavailability is the greatest aphrodisiac
Before you know something, you don't know it.
The best part of our lives we pass in counting on what is to come.
Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
Everybody is ignorant -- only on different subjects.
The main thing about being a hero is to know when to die.
Being a hero is about the shortest lived profession on earth.
It's great to be great, but it's greater to be human.
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.
An author is often obscure to the reader because they proceed from the thought to expression than like the reader from the expression to the thought.
Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.
The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.
Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.
Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.
The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.
There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.
I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
I quote others in order to better express myself.
How delightful to find a friend in everyone.
The real history of consciousness starts with one's first lie.
Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
No wind favors him who has no destined port.
Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.
I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.
Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.
I consider myself an average man, except in the fact that I consider myself an average man.
You know, that's the only good thing about divorce; you get to sleep with your mother.
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
A man's home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside, it is more often his nursery.
Advice is like castor oil, easy to give, but dreadful to take.
Experience increases our wisdom but doesn't reduce our follies.
A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.
A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal, or fattening.
If you pray for only one thing, .let it be for an idea.
Eating is touch carried to the bitter end.
Life is strange. Every so often a good man wins.
Blessed is he who talks in circles, for he shall become a big wheel.
The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.
There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day.
Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.
When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it.
Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
The young feel tired at the end of an action, the old at the beginning.
... if we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.
Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
There is no one so old as to not think they may live a day longer.
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch. you must first create the universe.

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