I speak about family and adoption because it 100% changed my life and who I am. It definitely played a very large role into just learning how to be grateful for what you have and being fulfilled in a way that a lot of adopted kids don't feel.
I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher; but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in.
Don't place too much confidence in the man who boasts of being as honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night.
Robert C. Edwards
Never exaggerate your faults, your friends will attend to that.
You are only what you are when no one is looking.
Somehow the people who do as they please seem to get along just about as well as those who are always trying to please others.
Some men are born old, and some men never seem so. If we keep well and cheerful, we are always young and at last die in youth even when in years would count as old.
Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow up.
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.
Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws -- a thing which can never be demonstrated.
Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.
What we gave, we have; What we spent, we had; What we left, we lost.
Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.
Dorothy L. Sayers
She always says, my lord, that facts are like cows. If you look them in the face hard enough they generally run away.
Lawyers enjoy a little mystery, you know. Why, if everybody came forward and told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth straight out, we should all retire to the workhouse.
The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless.
If it were not for the war, this war would suit me down to the ground.
When you step onto that field, you cannot concede a thing.
No pillows so soft as God's Promise.
One who looks for a friend without faults will have none.
Commit a sin twice and it will not seem a crime.
He who sings, frightens away all his ills.
For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.
One can advise comfortably from a safe port.
Friedrich von Schiller
It is easy to give advice from a port of safety.
What shall he fear that does not fear death.
That which is so universal as death must be a benefit.
There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.
Keep true to the dreams of your youth.
Votes should be weighed not counted.
Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.
Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.
No doubt the artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.
Freedom exists only with power.
Friends show me what I can do, foes teach me what I should do.
Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.
The future comes slowly, the present flies and the past stands still forever.
The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life.
Nothing leads to good that is not natural.
Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.
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