It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often despise what we really fear.
Charles Caleb Colton
Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.
There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.
Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.
Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.
Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.
Henry Ward Beecher
True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.
The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.
If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.
Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end.
I was confirmed at my prep school at the age of 13.
Were we as eloquent as angels we still would please people much more by listening rather than talking.
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau
None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.
Success doesn't come to you... you go to it.
Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he who thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route
Love and work... work and love, that's all there is.
Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.
Bad faith likes discourse on friendship and loyalty.
Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.
The fear of death comes from limited awareness.
Levity is often less foolish and gravity less wise than each of them appears.
Where we cannot invent, we may at least improve.
Itâ€™s very hard to design something that you almost do not see because it just seems so obvious, natural and inevitable.
Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another.
Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
To despise our own species is the price we must often pay for knowledge of it.
Nothing is too much trouble when one loves, and there is always time.
We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.
Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
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