The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is
Each forward step we take we leave some phantom of ourselves behind.
When we have not the strength or the courage to grasp a new truth, we persuade ourselves that it is not a truth at all.
We are more disturbed by a calamity which threatens us than by one which has befallen us.
Dislike of another's opinions and beliefs neither justifies our own nor makes us more certain of them: and to transfer the repugnance to the person himself is a mark of a vulgar mind.
Those who believe in our ability do more than stimulate us. They create for us an atmosphere in which it becomes easier to succeed.
Be suspicious of your sincerity when you are the advocate of that upon which your livelihood depends.
If thy words are wise, they will not seem so to the foolish: if they are deep the shallow will not appreciate them. Think not highly of thyself, then, when thou art praised by many.
What we love to do we find time to do.
Education would be a divine thing, if it did nothing more than help us to think and love great thoughts instead of little thoughts.
Your faith is what you believe, not what you know.
Women are aristocrats, and it is always the mother who makes us feel that we belong to the better sort.
The able have no desire to appear to be so, and this is part of their ability.
The more we live with what we imagine others think of us, the less we live with truth.
If there were nothing else to trouble us, the fate of the flowers would make us sad.
It is the expensiveness of our pleasures that makes the world poor and keeps us poor in ourselves. If we could but learn to find enjoyment in the things of the mind, the economic problems would solve themselves.
The first requisite of a gentleman is to be true, brave and noble, and to be therefore a rebuke and scandal to venal and vulgar souls.
There are faults which show heart and win hearts, while the virtue in which there is no love, repels.
As a brave man goes into fire or flood or pestilence to save a human life, so a generous mind follows after truth and love, and is not frightened from the pursuit by danger or toil or obloquy.
One may speak Latin and have but the mind of a peasant.
A hobby is the result of a distorted view of things. It is putting a planet in the place of a sun.
As the visit of one we love makes the whole day pleasant, so is it illumined and made fair by a brave and beautiful thought.
The world is a mirror into which we look, and see our own image.
If we attempt to sink the soul in matter, its light is quenched.
A Wise man knows that much of what he says and does is commonplace and trivial. His thoughts are not all solemn and sacred in his own eyes. He is able to laugh at himself and is not offended when others make him a subject whereon to exercise their wit.
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