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Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.
When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.
Whenever I hear people talking about "liberal ideas," I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
Beware of dissipating your powers strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.
How can you come to know yourself Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to.
I love the deep quiet in which I live and grow against the world and harvest what they cannot take from me by fire or sword.
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
If each one does their duty as an individual and if each one works in their own proper vocation, it will be right with the whole.
If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought and could be.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do; and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language, and forthwith it is something entirely different.
Oh God, how do the world and heavens confine themselves, when our hearts tremble in their own barriers!
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words.
So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.
The true, prescriptive artist strives after artistic truth; the lawless artist, following blind instinct, after an appearance of naturalness. The one leads to the highest peaks of art, the other to its lowest depths.
There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
Three things are to be looked to in a building: that it stands on the right spot; that it be securely founded; that it be successfully executed.”
Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
When you take a man as he is, you make him worse. When you take a man as he can be, you make him better.
Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.
Yes! to this thought I hold with firm persistence; The last result of wisdom stamps it true; He only earns his freedom and existence Who daily conquers them anew.
You will always find [hatred] strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
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