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Chance is the pseudonym God uses when He does not want to sign His name.

The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.
I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
The pseudonym for God when He did not want to sign.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
To love a thing means wanting it to live.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is perilous.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.
Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law.
He does not care for flowers. Calls them rubbish, and cannot tell one from another, and thinks it is superior to feel like that.
I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others.
I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.
Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.
Everywhere, we learn only from those whom we love.
Your ability to learn depends partly on your ability to relinquish what you've held.
I loved learning, it was school I hated. I used to cut school to go learn something.
Learn to pause... or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.
Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life.
What you think about when you don't have to think, shows what you really are.
By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.
A man can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.
Learn of the skillful; he that teaches himself, has a fool for his master.
Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.
First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
Hope is a waking dream.
Do that which is assigned to you and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.
Most people would rather give than get affection.
The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [Are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one.
In Boston they ask, How much does he know? In New York, How much is he worth? In Philadelphia, Who were his parents?
A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.
To stop smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know; I've done it a thousand times.
There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one: keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.
We need not worry so much about what man descends from; it's what he descends to that shames the human race.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water.
The trouble with worrying so much about your security in the future is that you feel so insecure in the present.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
How much of human life is lost in waiting.
The eye is easily frightened.
The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near.
Whatever limits us we call fate.
If you believe in fate, believe in it, at least, for your good.
Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
A man's personal defects will commonly have with the rest of the world precisely that importance which they have to himself. If he makes light of them, so will other men.
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
Fear always springs from ignorance.
Do the thing we fear, and the death of fear is certain.
Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.
The eloquent man is he who is no eloquent speaker, but who is inwardly drunk with a certain belief.
We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a belly-full of words and do not know a thing. The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide.
One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
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.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, Anywhere but here.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.
If a man's eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
If you shoot at a king you must kill him.
Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.
In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.
We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.
The studious class are their own victims: they are thin and pale, their feet are cold, their heads are hot, the night is without sleep, the day a fear of interruption --pallor, squalor, hunger, and egotism.
No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
Learning how to learn is life's most important skill.
Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
Learning is not compulsory but neither is survival.
The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.
In failing circumstances no one can be relied on to keep their integrity.
The best efforts of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.
The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
The chief mourner does not always attend the funeral.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius.
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Many might go to Heaven with half the labor they go to hell.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
There is this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means; draw it all out, and hold him to it.
At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

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