I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.
Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
Henry David Thoreau
Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.
It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can't move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.
George Bernard Shaw
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths.
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.
Saint Francis de Sales
Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.
Fifty percent of people won't vote, and fifty percent don't read newspapers. I hope it's the same fifty percent.
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.
These are the times that try men's souls.
Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.
It is the superfluous things for which men sweat, - superfluous things that wear our togas theadbare, that force us to grow old in camp, that dash us upon foreign shores.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.
The Macintosh may only have 10% of the market, but it is clearly the top 10%.
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.
Corrie Ten Boom
Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci
It is best for the wise man not to seem wise.
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No, Sir there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.
We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God's.
Henry Ward Beecher
The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him he indulges it, he loves it but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.
What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.
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