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To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.

The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.
The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
Men who do things without being told draw the most wages.
It is faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth looking at.
This world owes all its forward impulses to people ill at ease.
Skepticism, riddling the faith of yesterday, prepared the way for the faith of tomorrow.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity.
Now is the watchword of the wise.
Don't let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead give to yourself that which empowers you.
The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.
Lovers quarrels are the renewal of love.
It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.
Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and the poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
A dog that barks much is never a good hunter.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work.
As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands.
Life is made of millions of moments, but we live only one of these moments at a time. As we begin to change this moment, we begin to change our lives.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow.
Virtue that wavers is not virtue.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge shall every room be filled with precious and pleasant riches.
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.
A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.
A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

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