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A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
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A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it.
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As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
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Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
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Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
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Earth took her shining station as a star, In Heaven's dark hall, high up the crowd of worlds.
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Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
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Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
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False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
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Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.
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Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.
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Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.
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Heaven lent you a soul, Earth will lend a grave.
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In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
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In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised, like a target, to a position to be fired at.
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It is ever the invisible that is the object of our profoundest worship. With the lover it is not the seen but the unseen that he muses upon.
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It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.
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Living with a saint is more grueling than being one.
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Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity.
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Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.
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Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.
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No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
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Our first and last love is self-love.
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Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
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Partial culture runs to the ornate, extreme culture to simplicity.
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Sensitiveness is closely allied to egotism; and excessive sensibility is only another name for morbid self-consciousness. The cure for tender sensibilities is to make more of our objects and less of our selves.
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Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.
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Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.
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The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.
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The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.
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The great artist is a slave to his ideals.
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The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.
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The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.
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The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
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There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.
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They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.
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Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.
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We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
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We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.
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We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
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When all else is lost, the future still remains.
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Wine is a treacherous friend who you must always be on guard for.
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