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With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nations wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphanto do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country.
It is old age, rather than death, that is to be contrasted with life. Old age is life's parody, whereas death transforms life into a destiny: in a way it preserves it by giving it the absolute dimension. Death does away with time.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. [2 Corinthians 4:16]
Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer, with never a thought of sorrow; the old goes out, but the glad young year comes merrily in tomorrow.
Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.
An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame -- Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.
How to trap an atheist: Serve him a fine meal, then ask him if he believes there is a cook.
I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.
The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.
God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity still in the cloud, the oil still in the earth. How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.
I have tried in my way to be free.
Where there is no counsel, the people perish; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. [Proverbs 29:18; 11:14]
Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
The young always have the same problem -- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
The good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing.
Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. [Ecclesiastes 11:9]
There's nothing wrong with teenagers that reasoning with them won't aggravate.
It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner.
Discipline is a symbol of caring to a child. He needs guidance. If there is love, there is no such thing as being too tough with a child. A parent must also not be afraid to hang himself. If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.
There is no sinner like a young saint.
Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
The countenances of children, like those of animals, are masks, not faces, for they have not yet developed a significant profile of their own.
There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.
Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.
Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed of necessary.
When chill November's surly blast make fields and forest bare.
Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. Let them be your only diet drink and botanical medicines.
I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes -- goodwill among men and peace on earth.
The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
We are all alike, on the inside.
Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.
Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
If I could remember your name, I'd ask you where I left my keys.
Stand still... and refuse to retreat. Look at it as God looks at it and draw upon His power to hold up under the blast.
From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
Are the ones who do.
I have just about all I can take of myself.
We just did a survey that showed.... something like 65 percent of the [American] people couldn't vote for the First Amendment if it was up for a vote today.
Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
True thanksgiving means that we need to thank God for what He has done for us, and not to tell Him what we have done for Him. -
Gratitude is the heart's memory.
He's winding up the watch of his wit. By and by it will strike.
Wit is educated insolence.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.
He who has provoked the shaft of wit, cannot complain that he smarts from it.
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater the effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders -- what would you tell him to do? I don't know. What could he do? What would you tell him? To shrug.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him whose?
Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.
Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.
Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases.
Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough
The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite.
Age is not important unless you're a cheese.
The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.
No one has ever drowned in sweat.
Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.
To change and change for the better are two different things
Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.
Ik schrijf voor dezelfde reden als ik adem, als ik dit niet deed dan zou ik sterven.
That best portion of a good man's life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.
Lost in a gloom of uninspired research.
The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person's life.
Come into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
A day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.
How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.
The mind that is wise mourns less for what age takes away; than what it leaves behind.
One of the horrors of hell is the undying memory of a misspent life.
The safest road to hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
The hell of these days is the fear of not getting along, especially of not making money.
Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.
Danger past, God forgotten.
The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
The burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself.
Actually, the streets are quite safe today, it's the people on them who aren't.
Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much; such men are dangerous. [Julius Caesar]
Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result.
If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?
Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
You can't choose up sides on a round world.
Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.
You can never get enough of what you don't want.
When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out -- because that's what's inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.
Hell is where everyone is doing his own thing. Paradise is where everyone is doing God's thing.
I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
It does not require a decision to go to hell.
It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
Only the educated are free.
Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.
It's not the situation. It's your reaction to the situation.
Sometimes I'm so sweet even I can't stand it.
You got to sing like you don't need the money; Love like you'll never get hurt; You got to dance like nobody's watchin'; It's gotta come from the heart if you want it to work.
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
Every civilization when it loses its inner vision and its cleaner energy, falls into a new sort of sordidness, more vast and more stupendous than the old savage sort. An Augean stable of metallic filth.
The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.
There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.
Like a gardener I believe what goes down must come up.
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.
Be good. And if you can't be good, be careful. And if you can't be careful, name it after me.
The person who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.
There is nothing more likely to drive a man mad, than the being unable to get rid of the idea of the distinction between right and wrong, and an obstinate, constitutional preference of the true to the agreeable.
Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it.
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
Once while St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, he was asked, What would you do it you were suddenly to learn that you were to die at sunset today? He replied, I would finish hoeing my garden.
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
Alas after a certain age, every man is responsible for his own face.
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
The superior doctor prevents sickness; The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; The inferior doctor treats actual sickness;
Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other's good, and melt at other's woe.

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