Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
To hear always, to think always, to learn always, it is thus that we live truly. He who aspires to nothing, who learns nothing, is not worthy of living.
He who is continually changing his point of view sees more, and more clearly, than one who, statue-like, forever stands upon the same pedestal; however lofty and well-placed that pedestal may be.
Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.
Routine is not organization, any more than paralysis is order.
Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.
Do not shun this maxim because it is common-place. On the contrary, take the closest heed of what observant men, who would probably like to show originality, are yet constrained to repeat. Therein lies the marrow of the wisdom of the world.
You cannot ensure the gratitude of others for a favour conferred upon them in the way which is most agreeable to yourself.
Almost all human affairs are tedious. Everything is too long. Visits, dinners, concerts, plays, speeches, pleadings, essays, sermons, are too long. Pleasure and business labor equally under this defect, or, as I should rather say, this fatal super-abundance.
There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance.
We are pleased with one who instantly assents to our opinions, but we love a proselyte.
Do not be deceived into thinking that how a man acts is the full picture.
Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.
War may be the game of kings, but, like the games at ancient Rome, it is generally exhibited to please and pacify the people.
In a balanced organization, working towards a common objective, there is success.
No man who has not sat in the assemblies of men can know the light, odd and uncertain ways in which decisions are often arrived at.
The apparent foolishness of others is but too frequently our own ignorance.
Selfishness, when it is punished by the world, is mostly punished because it is connected with egotism.
A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
It takes a great man to make a great listener
Every happiness is a hostage to fortune.
The world will find out that part of your character which concerns it: that which especially concerns yourself, it will leave for you to discover.
Extremely foolish advice is likely to be uttered by those who are looking at the laboring vessel from the land.
If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely.
Nature intended you to be the fountain-spring of cheerfulness and social life, and not the mountain of despair and melancholy.
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