A certificate of live birth is not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination as a birth certificate.
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.
The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving.
The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple?
I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.
The people who oppose your ideas are inevitably those who represent the established order that your ideas will upset.
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit - this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.
Johann von Goethe
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.
How sweet it is to love, and to be dissolved, and as it were to bathe myself in thy love.
Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength.... It is therefore able to undertake all things, and it completes many things, and warrants them to take effect, where he who does not love would faint and lie down.
Love feels no burden, regards not labors, strives toward more than it attains, argues not of impossibility, since it believes that it may and can do all things. Therefore it avails for all things, and fulfils and accomplishes much where one not a lover falls and lies helpless.
Love makes everything that is heavy light.
Love is swift, sincere, pious, joyful, generous, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, courageous, and never seeking its own; for wheresoever a person seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.
Remember, your prerogative is to govern, and not to serve the things of this world.
Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong.
It is much safer to obey, than to govern.
Peace and happiness are what you covet, but these are only to be obtained by labor.
Do not let your peace depend on the hearts of men; whatever they say about you, good or bad, you are not because of it another man, for as you are, you are.
First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
The loftier the building the deeper the foundation must be.
By two wings a man is lifted up from things earthly: by simplicity and purity.
Permit no hour to go by without it due improvement.
The highest in God's esteem are the lowest in their own.
An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning.
The better you understand yourself the less cause you will find to love yourself.
Simplicity is the intention, purity in the affection; simplicity turns to God, purity unites with and enjoys him.
Wherever you go, you will always bear yourself about with you, and so you will always find yourself.
He has great tranquillity of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men.
Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.
Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change.
We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are.
Pass no rash condemnation on other peoples words or actions.
You are a man, not God; you are human, not an angel. How can you expect to remain always in a constant state of virtue, when this was not possible even for an angel of Heaven, nor for the first man in the Garden?
The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.
Anyone who thinks hard work will never hurt you has never had to pay to have it done. Jesus now has many lovers of his Heavenly Kingdom, but few bearers of his cross.
When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.
Bear the Cross cheerfully and it will bear you.
No one is qualified to converse in public except those contented to do without such conversation.
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