Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
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.
We are pleased with one who instantly assents to our opinions, but we love a proselyte.
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.
Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.
War may be the game of kings, but, like the games at ancient Rome, it is generally exhibited to please and pacify the people.
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.
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.
Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.
In a balanced organization, working towards a common objective, there is success.
Selfishness, when it is punished by the world, is mostly punished because it is connected with egotism.
Do not be deceived into thinking that how a man acts is the full picture.
It takes a great man to make a great listener
A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
Every happiness is a hostage to fortune.
Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
People resemble still more the time in which they live, than they resemble their fathers.
The man of the house can destroy the pleasure of the household, but he cannot make it. That rests with the woman, and it is her greatest privilege.
I do not know of any sure way of making others happy as being so one's self.
You cannot ensure the gratitude of others for a favour conferred upon them in the way which is most agreeable to yourself.
If you are often deceived by those around you, you may be sure that you deserve to be deceived; and that instead of railing at the general falseness of mankind, you have first to pronounce judgment on your own jealous tyranny, or on your own weak credulity.
A great and frequent error in our judgment of human nature is to suppose that those sentiments and feelings have no existence, which may be only for a time concealed. The precious metals are not found at the surface of the earth, except in sandy places.
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.
It is quite impossible to understand the character of a person from one action, however striking that action may be.
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