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I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
A legal or religious ceremony by which two persons of the opposite sex solemnly agree to harass and spy on each other... until death do them join.
Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day -- wisdom consists of not exceeding the limit.
If you work for a man, in heavens name work for him! If he pays you wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him speak well of him, think well of him, stand by him and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of the time, and the rest of the time work against him. I would give an undivided service or none. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, you've had a great life.
The man who craves disciples and wants followers is always more or less of a charlatan. The man of genuine worth and insight wants to be himself; and he wants others to be themselves, also.
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.
Every man should have a college education in order to show him how little the thing is really worth.
Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent -- the power to do the right thing the first time.
How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success?
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill theirs.
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. That is part of the penalty for greatness, and every great man understands it; and understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness. The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure continously without resentment.
The point I wish to make is this: [President William] McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter & did not ask, Where is he at? By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze & the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing. Carry a message to Garcia!
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
Truth, in its struggles for recognition, passes through four distinct stages. First, we say it is damnable, dangerous, disorderly, and will surely disrupt society. Second, we declare it is heretical, infidelic and contrary to the Bible. Third, we say it is really a matter of no importance either one way or the other. Fourth, we aver that we have always upheld it and believed it.
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