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Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.
Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image
Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action. Strive to do thy duty; then you shall know what is in thee.
Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
Stupidity is without anxiety.
The senses do not deceive us, but the judgment does.
Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.
Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.
We can offer up much in the large, but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are seldom equal to.
A person can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days.
By seeking and blundering we learn.
Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
A collections of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.
We usually lose today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief.
We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.
No two men see the world exactly alike, and different temperaments will apply in different ways a principle that they both acknowledge. The same man will, indeed, often see and judge the same things differently on different occasions: early convictions must give way to more mature ones. Nevertheless, may not the opinions that a man holds and expresses withstand all trials, if he only remains true to himself and others?
Nature goes her own way and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.
The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it.
Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.
Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.
The little man is still a man.
That is the true season of love; when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved as much before, and that no one will ever love in the same way again.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
Life is the childhood of our immortality.
Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
There are nine requisites for contented living: HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure; WEALTH enough to support your needs; STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them; GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them; PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished; CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor; LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others; FAITH enough to make real the things of God; HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
Everywhere, we learn only from those whom we love.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
The greater the knowledge, the greater the doubt.
Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
One that does not think to highly of himself is more than he thinks.
He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.
If a good person does you wrong, act as though you had not noticed it. They will make note of this and not remain in your debt long.
Every situation, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
We must not take the faults of our youth with us into old age, for age brings along its own defects.
The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
The wildest colts make the best horses.
When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, Action, Action, Action.
Time is the wisest of all counselors.
Character is simply habit long continued.
In human life there is constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing.
To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
The first evil those who are prone to talk suffer, is that they hear nothing.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
To do an evil act is base. To do a good one without incurring danger, is common enough. But it is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds though he risks everything in doing them.
Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.
We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
The whole life is but a point of time; let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose.
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
The soul's impurity consists in bad judgments, and purification consists in producing in it right judgments, and the pure soul is one which has right judgments.
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty, God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you!
One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.
He who has a strong enough why can bear almost any how.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
Madness is something rare in individuals -- but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.
I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.
Fear is the mother of morality.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
God hath entrusted me with myself.
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.
Remember that you are an actor in a drama, of such a part as it may please the master to assign you, for a long time or for a little as he may choose. And if he will you to take the part of a poor man, or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen, then may you act that part with grace! For to act well the part that is allotted to us, that indeed is ours to do, but to choose it is another s.
Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.
To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.
Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible -- it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.
Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer.
Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life.
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
The human head is bigger than the globe. It conceives itself as containing more. It can think and rethink itself and ourselves from any desired point outside the gravitational pull of the earth. It starts by writing one thing and later reads itself as something else. The human head is monstrous.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
It is the sign of a dull mind to dwell upon the cares of the body, to prolong exercise, eating and drinking and other bodily functions. These things are best done by the way; all your attention must be given to the mind.
He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.
As you think so shall you be! Since you cannot physically experience another person, you can only experience them in your mind. Conclusion: All of the other people in your life are simply thoughts in your mind. Not physical beings to you, but thoughts. Your relationships are all in how you think about the other people of your life. Your experience of all those people is only in your mind. Your feelings about your lovers come from your thoughts. For example, they may in fact behave in ways that you find offensive. However, your relationship to them when they behave offensively is not determined by their behavior, it is determined only by how you choose to relate to that behavior. Their actions are theirs, you cannot own them, you cannot be them, you can only process them in your mind.
If you never change your mind, why have one?
Prayer puts you in touch with the infinite and prepares your mind for the finite.
Whatever that be which thinks, understands, wills, and acts. it is something celestial and divine.
The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.
The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
A man is never more serious than when he praise himself.
I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.
In each of us there is a little of all of us.
Man is a gregarious animal and much more so in his mind than in his body. A golden rule; judge men not by their opinions but by what their opinions have made of them.
If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.
Of all the inventions of man I doubt whether any was more easily accomplished than that of a Heaven.
If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve.
Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse.
The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee and I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.
He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.

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