To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Learn the sweet magic of a cheerful face.
Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.
Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.
Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks?
We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.
Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
And if I should live to be
The last leaf upon the tree
In the spring,
Let them smile, as I do now,
At the old forsaken bough
Where I cling.
Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.
Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true.
I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.
It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
The mind of a bigot to the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour on it, the more it contracts.
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.
Have the courage to act instead of react.
A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
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