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.
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.
We have no sympathy with those who are controlled by ideas and passions which we neither understand nor feel. Thus they who live to satisfy the appetites do not believe it possible to live in and for the soul.
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.
As memory may be a paradise from which we cannot be driven, it may also be a hell from which we cannot escape.
Those who believe in our ability do more than stimulate us. They create for us an atmosphere in which it becomes easier to succeed.
Your faith is what you believe, not what you know.
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.
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.
Women are aristocrats, and it is always the mother who makes us feel that we belong to the better sort.
The more we live with what we imagine others think of us, the less we live with truth.
The able have no desire to appear to be so, and this is part of their ability.
If there were nothing else to trouble us, the fate of the flowers would make us sad.
Whoever has freed himself from envy and bitterness may begin to try to see things as they are.
The world is a mirror into which we look, and see our own image.
The doubt of an earnest, thoughtful, patient and laborious mind is worthy of respect. In such doubt may be found indeed more faith than in half the creeds.
If we attempt to sink the soul in matter, its light is quenched.
We may outgrow the things of children, without acquiring sense and relish for those which become a man.
No sooner does a divine gift reveal itself in youth or maid than its market value becomes the decisive consideration, and the poor young creatures are offered for sale, as we might sell angels who had strayed among us.
We have lost the old love of work, of work which kept itself company, which was fair weather and music in the heart, which found its reward in the doing, craving neither the flattery of vulgar eyes nor the gold of vulgar men.
If we fail to interest, whether because we are dull and heavy, or because our hearers are so, we teach in vain.
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