If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
The whole life is but a point of time; let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose.
Long before we understand ourselves through the process of self-examination, we understand ourselves in a self-evident way in the family, society and state in which we live.
We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
I left school at 16 but I wish I'd gone to university - I think I would have studied English literature. I had a knack for that. But I don't think you have the kind of wisdom at 16 to make that decision.
I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause.
If you've got a big gut and you start doing sit-ups, you are going to get bigger because you build up the muscle. You've got to get rid of that fat! How do you get rid of fat? By changing your diet.
To do an evil act is base. To do a good one without incurring danger, is common enough. But it is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds though he risks everything in doing them.
No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.
Gary Ryan Blair
The first evil those who are prone to talk suffer, is that they hear nothing.
The marriage of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution, honored in all cultures and by every religious faith. It's in this institution that children are meant to be nurtured. We know this after thousands of years of human experience.
Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors.
Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it.
The fact is, with every friendship you make, and every bond of trust you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world. That is so important. So when you study abroad, you're actually helping to make America stronger.
To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes... can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.
John F. Kennedy
Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs one step at a time.
Would it be possible that I should not in any degree succeed? I can scarcely think so. Ah delusive hope, how much further wilt thou lead me?
John James Audubon
In human life there is constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing.
The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
We are overhasty to speak as if God did not manifest himself by our silent feeling, and make his love felt through ours.
Character is simply habit long continued.
I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning... Every day I find something creative to do with my life.
Time is the wisest of all counselors.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
Were there peace and justice in the Middle East, the Arabs would no more need their tinhorn dictators than they would their corpulent princes.
Distressed valor challenges great respect, even from an enemy.
Hesitation of any kind is a sign of mental decay in the young, of physical weakness in the old.
I was taught from a young age that many people would treat me as a second-class citizen because I was African-American and because I was female.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
You'll stay with me?'Until the very end,' said James.
To a certain extent I am taking a leap of faith. I'm adding up the evidence on either side, and I'm seeing the evidence of there not being a God is overwhelming compared to the evidence for there being a God.
When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, Action, Action, Action.
Raising five boys is a handful, trust me.
The wildest colts make the best horses.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.
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