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You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are but you must approach each man by the right door.
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts.
Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.
Our sweetest experiences of affection are meant to point us to that realm which is the real and endless home of the heart.
You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs -- jolted by every pebble in the road.
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
A reputation for good judgment, for fair dealing, for truth, and for rectitude, is itself a fortune.
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else.
I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.
It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.
Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
Some people are so dry that you might soak them in a joke for a month and it would not get through their skins.
The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is a human owl, vigilant in darkness, and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.
The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a "but".
The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a but.
The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection.
To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.
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