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The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.

We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Grief is the agony of an instant. The indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
There is no education like adversity.
Never complain and never explain.
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for truth.
Frank and explicit--that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
There can be economy only where there is efficiency.
Amusement to an observing mind is study.
It destroys one's nerve to be amiable every day to the same human being.
The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
A great person is one who affects the mind of their generation.
There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
Despair is the conclusion of fools.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
A person's fate is their own temper.
The secret to success is constancy to purpose.
Silence is the mother of truth.
Justice is truth in action.
Had it not been for you, I should have remained what I was when we first met, a prejudiced, narrow-minded being, with contracted sympathies and false knowledge, wasting my life on obsolete trifles, and utterly insensible to the privilege of living in this wondrous age of change and progress.
We make our fortunes and we call them fate.
Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.
On the education of the people of this country the fate of the country depends.
Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.
I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.
Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.
There is no wisdom like frankness.
Travel teaches tolerance.
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
In politics, nothing is contemptible.
When little is done, little is said; silence is the mother of truth.
The secret of success is consistency of purpose.
Perseverance and tact are the two great qualities most valuable for all those who would climb, but especially for those who have to step out of the crowd.
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions.
What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.
Duty cannot exist without faith.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.
Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.
Little things affect little minds.
Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.
Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.
It was not reason that besieged Troy; it was not reason that sent forth the Saracen from the desert to conquer the world; that inspired the crusades; that instituted the monastic orders; it was not reason that produced the Jesuits; above all, it was not reason that created the French Revolution. Man is only great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent. Inquirers who are always questioning never learn anything.
Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.
When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
How very seldom do you encounter in the world a man of great abilities, acquirements, experience, who will unmask his mind, unbutton his brains, and pour forth in careless and picturesque phrase all the results of his studies and observation; his knowledge of men, books, and nature. On the contrary, if a man has by any chance an original idea, he hoards it as if it were old gold; and rather avoids the subject with which he is most conversant, from fear that you may appropriate his best thoughts.
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.
When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.
Youth is a blunder, manhood is a struggle and old age a regret.
The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.
We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.
Damn your principles. Stick to your Party!
Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth.
A precedent embalms a principle.
Protection is not a principle but an expedient.
To supervise people, you must either surpass them in their accomplishments or despise them.
Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.
We moralize among ruins.
Great countries are those that produce great people.
Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy.
Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.
In great cities men are brought together by the desire of gain. They are not in a state of co-operation, but of isolation, as to the making of fortunes; and for all the rest they are careless of neighbors. Christianity teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves; modern society acknowledges no neighbor.
News is that which comes from the North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point on the compass, then it is a class ; publication and not news.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition. It reduces their supporters to that tractable number which can be managed by the joint influences of fruition and hope. It offers vengeance to the discontented, and distinction to the ambitious; and employs the energies of aspiring spirits, who otherwise may prove traitors in a division or assassins in a debate.
You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a flame flickers on a single pallid crest.
That doctrine of peace at any price has done more mischief than any I can well recall that have been afloat in this country. It has occasioned more wars than any of the most ruthless conquerors. It has disturbed and nearly destroyed that political equilibrium so necessary to the liberties and the welfare of the world.
Plagiarists at least have the quality of preservation.
I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
A Conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
A majority is always better than the best repartee.
A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself.
Finality is not the language of politics.
No man is regular in his attendance at the House of Commons until he is married.
The art of governing mankind by deceiving them.
There is no gambling like politics. Nothing in which the power of circumstance is more evident.
Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools.
Power has only one duty --to secure the social welfare of the People.
What we call public opinion is generally public sentiment.
When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, and opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.
I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.
Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble.
What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth.
The more you are talked about the less powerful you are.
Success is the child of audacity.
Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful.
It is the lot of man to suffer.
Cosmopolitan critics, men who are the friends of every country save their own.
My objection to Liberalism is this -- that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind -- namely, politics -- of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.
A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
No affection and a great brain, these are the people to command the world.
Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.
He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
The best security for civilization is the dwelling, and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends, more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.
The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.
Genius, when young, is divine.
He has not a single redeeming defect.
Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life.
Nobody is forgotten when it is convenient to remember him.
The question is this -- Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fanged theories.
The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world.
Everything comes if a man will only wait.
Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.
A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance.
If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.
Man is more powerful than matter.
Christianity is completed Judaism or it is nothing.
Candor is the brightest gem of criticism.
Frank and explicit -- that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.
Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
Coalitions though successful have always found this, that their triumph has been brief.
It is well-known what a middleman is: he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.
The disappointment of manhood succeeds the delusion of youth.
Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
Worry -- a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray.
An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
Youth is the trustee of prosperity.
I have always thought that every woman should marry, and no man.
Then there was a maiden speech, so inaudible, that it was doubted whether, after all, the young orator really did lose his virginity.
At present the peace of the world has been preserved, not by statesmen, but by capitalists.
You have despoiled churches. You have threatened every corporation and endowment in the country. You have examined into everybodys affairs. You have criticised every profession and vexed every trade. No one is certain of his property, and nobody knows what duties he may have to perform to-morrow. This is the policy of confiscation as compared with that of concurrent endowment.
You cannot choose between party government and Parliamentary government. I say you can have no Parliamentary government if you have no party government; and therefore when gentlemen denounce party government, they strike at the scheme of government which, in my opinion, has made this country great, and which, I hope, will keep it great.
I was told, continued Egremont, that an impassable gulf divided the Rich from the Poor; I was told that the Privileged and the People formed Two Nations, governed by different laws, influenced by different manners, with no thoughts or sympathies in common; with an innate inability of mutual comprehension.
In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.
I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole!
That we may live to see England once more possess a free Monarchy and a privileged and prosperous People, is my Prayer; that these great consequences can only be brought about by the energy and devotion of our Youth is my persuasion. We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.
For nearly five years the present Ministers have harassed every trade, worried every profession, and assailed or menaced every class, institution, and species of property in the country. Occasionally they have varied this state of civil warfare by perpetrating some job which outraged public opinion, or by stumbling into mistakes which have been always discreditable, and sometimes ruinous. All this they call a policy, and seem quite proud of it; but the country has, I think, made up its mind to close this career of plundering and blundering.
Mr Kremlin himself was distinguished for ignorance, for he had only one idea,and that was wrong.
Sir, I say that justice is truth in action.
I rather like bad wine, . . . one gets so bored with good wine.