To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
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.
Learn the sweet magic of a cheerful face.
Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.
Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
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.
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.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.
Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
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?
Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
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.
Have the courage to act instead of react.
The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library,'The medicines of the soul.
It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.
What refuge is there for the victim who is oppressed with the feeling that there are a thousand new books he ought to read, while life is only long enough for him to attempt to read a hundred?
Science is the topography of ignorance.
Stupidity often saves a man from going mad.
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.
Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true.
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.
A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.
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