Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.
Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.
Charles Caleb Colton
To look back to antiquity is one thing, to go back to it is another.
Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength
Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion.
Pity is a thing often vowed, seldom felt; hatred is a thing often felt, seldom avowed.
In all societies, it is advisable to associate if possible with the highest; not that the highest are always the best, but because, if disgusted there, we can descend at any time; but if we begin with the lowest, to ascend is impossible.
To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. The pains of power are real; its pleasures imaginary.
Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
No man is wise enough, or good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
Of all the marvelous works of God, perhaps the one angels view with the most supreme astonishment, is a proud man.
Every spiritual tradition has this idea of death and resurrection. It's not unique to Christianity.
We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.
Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.
But time growing old teaches all things.
Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it... Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
George Bernard Shaw
I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing meI will be concerned at my own want of ability.
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
More firm and sure the hand of courage strikes, when it obeys the watchful eye of caution.
There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.
Freedom is knowing who you really are.
Our nature consists in motion complete rest is death.
Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
The fool that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.
George W. Thornbury
Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.
There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.
Avoiding a problem doesn't solve it.
Bonnie Jean Thornley
What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.
Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his friends for his life.
Faith is spiritualized imagination.
Henry Ward Beecher
A physician can sometimes parry the scythe of death, but has no power over the sand in the hourglass.
Hester i Thrale
Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet a happy marriage has the tranquillity of a lovely sunset.
Celestial navigation is based on the premise that the Earth is the center of the universe. The premise is wrong, but the navigation works. An incorrect model can be a useful tool.
Kelvin Throop III
There is no such thing as a functional illiterate.
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