There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
It is the briefest yet wisest maxim which tells us to meddle not.
Charles Caleb Colton
Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.
If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.
Never join with your friend when he abuses his horse or his wife, unless the one is to be sold and the other to be buried.
Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.
Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
Our income are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.
Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.
Mystery is not profoundness.
Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun, the hand that warned Belshazzar derived its horrifying effect from the want of a body.
Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer.
Opinions, like showers, are generated in high places, but they invariably descend into lower ones, and ultimately flow down to the people as rain unto the sea.
Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen to be a pygmy.
Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.
To look back to antiquity is one thing, to go back to it is another.
Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength
Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion.
Pity is a thing often vowed, seldom felt; hatred is a thing often felt, seldom avowed.
In all societies, it is advisable to associate if possible with the highest; not that the highest are always the best, but because, if disgusted there, we can descend at any time; but if we begin with the lowest, to ascend is impossible.
To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. The pains of power are real; its pleasures imaginary.
Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
No man is wise enough, or good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
Of all the marvelous works of God, perhaps the one angels view with the most supreme astonishment, is a proud man.
Every spiritual tradition has this idea of death and resurrection. It's not unique to Christianity.
We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.
Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.
But time growing old teaches all things.
Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it... Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
George Bernard Shaw
I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing meI will be concerned at my own want of ability.
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
More firm and sure the hand of courage strikes, when it obeys the watchful eye of caution.
There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.
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