Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You cannot ensure the gratitude of others for a favour conferred upon them in the way which is most agreeable to yourself.
Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.
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.
We are pleased with one who instantly assents to our opinions, but we love a proselyte.
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.
War may be the game of kings, but, like the games at ancient Rome, it is generally exhibited to please and pacify the people.
Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.
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.
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.
Every happiness is a hostage to fortune.
It takes a great man to make a great listener
A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely.
The measure of civilization in a people is to be found in its just appreciation of the wrongfulness of war.
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.
The heroic example of other days is in great part the source of the courage of each generation; and men walk up composedly to the most perilous enterprises, beckoned onward by the shades of the brave that were.
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