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.
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.
In a balanced organization, working towards a common objective, there is success.
Routine is not organization, any more than paralysis is order.
Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.
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.
Any one who is much talked of be much maligned. This seems to be a harsh conclusion; but when you consider how much more given men are to depreciate than to appreciate, you will acknowledge that there is some truth in the saying.
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.
Do not be deceived into thinking that how a man acts is the full picture.
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.
It takes a great man to make a great listener
We are pleased with one who instantly assents to our opinions, but we love a proselyte.
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.
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.
Selfishness, when it is punished by the world, is mostly punished because it is connected with egotism.
Every happiness is a hostage to fortune.
A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
The apparent foolishness of others is but too frequently our own ignorance.
We should lay up in our minds a store of goodly thoughts which will be a living treasure of knowledge always with us, and from which, at various times, and amidst all the shiftings of circumstances, we might be sure of drawing some comfort, guidance and sympathy.
Tolerance is the only real test of civilization.
People resemble still more the time in which they live, than they resemble their fathers.
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