As much as I like it when a book I'm writing speeds along, the downside can be that an author becomes too eager to finish and rushes the end. The end is even more important than the first page, and rushing can damage it.
Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.
I don't know what he means by that, but I nod and smile at him. You'd be surprised at how far that response can get you in a conversation where you are completely confused.
The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist.
One of the few good things about modern times If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.
It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The first sin in our universe was Lucifer's self conceit.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
We call it a Society; and go about professing openly the totalest separation, isolation. Our life is not a mutual helpfulness; but rather, cloaked under due laws-of-war, named fair competition and so forth, it is a mutual hostility.
History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
The soul gives unity to what it looks at with love.
If an eloquent speaker speak not the truth, is there a more horrid kind of object in creation?
We shall therefore assume the complete physical equivalence of a gravitational field and a corresponding acceleration of the reference system.
Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.
The spiritual is the parent of the practical.
No ghost was every seen by two pair of eyes.
It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.
We bring the fucking rain Q, not the scattered showers.
If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.
When you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born. And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.
He that drinks fast pays slow
It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own.
Curse on all laws, but those that love has made.
A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain; And drinking largely sobers us again.
True disputants are like true sportsman: their whole delight is in the pursuit.
When much dispute has past, we find our tenets just the same as last.
Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised.
Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
They dream in courtship, but in wedlock wake.
Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought.
That smile could end wars and cure cancer.
Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; awake but one, and in, what myriads rise!
When life gives you lemons, use Cosmic Ordering!
Teach me to feel another's woe. To hide the fault I see: That the mercy I show to others; that mercy also show to me.
Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.
A man should never be ashamed to own that he is wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Libraries are our friends.
Two purposes in human nature rule. Self-love to urge, and reason to restrain.
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