That means that every human being - without distinction of sex, age, race, skin color, language, religion, political view, or national or social origin - possesses an inalienable and untouchable dignity.
There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.
Lord (George Gordon) Byron
What an antithetical mind! -- tenderness, roughness -- delicacy, coarseness -- sentiment, sensuality -- soaring and groveling, dirt and deity -- all mixed up in that one compound of inspired clay!
Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to inquire -- in the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity, why should I be anxious about an atom?
O Gold! I still prefer thee unto paper, which makes bank credit like a bark of vapor.
Oh! too convincing -- dangerously dear -- In woman's eye the unanswerable tear!
The drying up a single tear has more of honest fame, than shedding seas of gore.
A man must serve his time to every trade save censure -- critics all are ready made.
A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms.
Some folk want their luck buttered.
If way to the better there be, it exacts a full look at the worst.
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
Don't you go believing in sayings, Picotee: they are all made by men, for their own advantages. Women who use public proverbs as a guide through events are those who have not ingenuity enough to make private ones as each event occurs.
A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
Aspect are within us, and who seems most kingly is king.
Well: what we gain by science is, after all, sadness, as the Preacher saith. The more we know of the laws and nature of the Universe the more ghastly a business we perceive it all to be -- and the non-necessity of it.
That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
If all hearts were open and all desires known -- as they would be if people showed their souls -- how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!
Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.
Once victim, always victim -- that's the law!
Let me enjoy the earth no less because the all-enacting light that fashioned forth its loveliness had other aims than my delight.
Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
Middle Age is that perplexing time of life when we hear two voices calling us, one saying, Why not? and the other, Why bother?
Sydney J. Harris
If the devil could be persuaded to write a bible, he would title it, You Only Live Once.
When you run into someone who is disagreeable to others, you may be sure he is uncomfortable with himself; the amount of pain we inflict upon others is directly proportional to the amount we feel within us.
A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive
People who think they're generous to a fault usually think that's their only fault.
An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
Sometimes the best, and only effective, way to kill an idea is to put it into practice.
If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?
The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation, but false progress.
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others.
Ninety per cent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves -- so how can we know anyone else?
Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.
Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting.
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