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.
Those who believe in our ability do more than stimulate us. They create for us an atmosphere in which it becomes easier to succeed.
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 are more disturbed by a calamity which threatens us than by one which has befallen us.
What we love to do we find time to do.
The able have no desire to appear to be so, and this is part of their ability.
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 more we live with what we imagine others think of us, the less we live with truth.
Education would be a divine thing, if it did nothing more than help us to think and love great thoughts instead of little thoughts.
If there were nothing else to trouble us, the fate of the flowers would make us sad.
Those subjects have the greatest educational value, which are richest in incentives to the noblest self-activity.
The common man is impelled and controlled by interests; the superior, by ideas.
The will the one thing it is most important to educate we neglect.
If there are but few who interest thee, why shouldst thou be disappointed if but few find thee interesting?
If thou wouldst be interesting, keep thy personality in the background, and be great and strong in and through thy subject.
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.
Be suspicious of your sincerity when you are the advocate of that upon which your livelihood depends.
As our power over others increases, we become less free; for to retain it, we must make ourselves its servants.
If thou wouldst be implacable, be so with thyself.
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.
In the world of thought a man's rank is determined, not by his average work, but by his highest achievement.
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.
Culture makes the whole world our dwelling place; our palace in which we take our ease and find ourselves at one with all things.
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