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As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.

We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.
Human improvement is from within outward.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
A person possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with.
Superior strength is found in the long run to lie with those who had right on their side.
The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.
The better one is morally the less aware they are of their virtue.
Philosophy goes no further than probabilities, and in every assertion keeps a doubt in reserve.
In everyday things the law of sacrifice takes the form of positive duty.
Science rests on reason and experiment, and can meet an opponent with calmness; but a belief is always sensitive.
Our human laws are more or less imperfect copies of the external laws as we see them.
The secret of a person's nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it.
The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.
No person is ever good for much, that hasn't been swept off their feet by enthusiasm between ages twenty and thirty.
The practical effect of a belief is the real test of its soundness.
To deny the freedom of the will is to make morality impossible.