The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.
If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.
I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking.
Alfred North Whitehead
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes. Rather the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
The most splendid achievment of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.
Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior.
A man must know how to look before he can hope to see.
George R.R. Martin
Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance
Franklin P. Adams
When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.
It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.
Michael John Bobak
Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine.
She gave up beauty in her tender youth, gave all her hope and joy and pleasant ways; she covered up her eyes lest they should gaze on vanity, and chose the bitter truth.
My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood -- we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.
My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water.
Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.
Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some
A little kingdom I possess,Where thoughts and feelings dwell;And very hard the task I findOf governing it well.
Louisa May Alcott, My Kingdom st
. . . it is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would be an affront to your intelligence.
George Bernard Shaw
If merely feeling good could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.
Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
There must be something solemn, serious, and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad, it must not grin or snicker; if sad, it must not scream or curse.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Henry David Thoreau
At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit and at forty, the judgment.
Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.
A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else.
A No uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a Yes merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.
Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking.
Trust men and they will be true to you treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
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