For the greater beauty of the instrument, the balls representing the planets are to be of considerable bigness but so contrived, that they may be taken off at pleasure, and others, much smaller, and fitter for some purposes, put in their places.
The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
Jean de la Bruyere
Time makes friendship stronger, but love weaker
All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.
It requires more than mere genius to be an author.
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.
If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
The past, though it cannot be relived, can always be repaired.
John La Farge
Until economic freedom is attained for everybody, there can be no real freedom for anybody.
Suzanne La Follette
It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
Jean de La Fontaine
The fastidious are unfortunate; nothing satisfies them.
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.
Every flatterer lives at the expense of him who listens to him.
Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that fortune sells what she is thought to give.
We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.
Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
One returns to the place one came from.
The principal part of faith is patience.
It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow that weigh a man down. For the needs of today we have corresponding strength given. For the morrow we are told to trust. It is not ours yet.
Nothing makes one feel so strong as a call for help.
You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water -- an inch deep and then the mud.
I find that doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.
But for money and the need of it, there would not be half the friendship in the world. It is powerful for good if divinely used. Give it plenty of air and it is sweet as the hawthorn; shut it up and it cankers and breeds worms.
The best preparation for the future is the present well seen to, and the last duty done.
Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.
Division has done more to hide Christ from the view of all men than all the infidelity that has ever been spoken.
Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.
Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.
To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power.
How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.
Never write a letter if you can help it, and never destroy one!
Sir John A. Macdonald
When fortune empties her chamber pot on your head, smile and say We are going to have a summer shower.
Many a man never fails because he never tries.
Happiness is not so much in having or sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
The imaginary friends I had as a kid dropped me because their friends thought I didn't exist.
Under all that we think, lives all we believe, like the ultimate veil of our spirits.
The level of the development of a country is determined, in considerable part, by the level of development of its people's intelligence.
Luis Albert Machado
Death and taxes are unsolved engineering problems
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