“Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
“There is always something for which to be thankful.
“Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.
“There is a wisdom of the head, and ... a wisdom of the heart.
“I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honestly out of countenance any day of the week, if there is anything to get got by it.
“The law is sic a ass - a idiot.
“Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.
“Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it.
“But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...as a good time a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.
“A man who could build a church, as one may say, by squinting at a sheet of paper.
English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
“The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness.
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