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Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom, Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom, Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose
Rest not Life is sweeping by go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit - this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.
Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.
Whoever, in middle age, attempts to realize the wishes and hopes of his early youth, invariably deceives himself. Each ten years of a man's life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
Nature understands no jesting. She is always true, always serious, always severe. She is always right, and the errors are always those of man.
To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed
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.
The beginning of faith is the beginning of fruitfulness but the beginning of unbelief, however glittering, is empty.
I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.
A life without love, without the presence of the beloved, is nothing but a mere magic-latern show. We draw out slide after slide, swiftly tiring of each, and pushing it back to make haste for the next.
All truly wise thoughts have been thought 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.
Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation.
Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.
Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color.
God could cause us considerable embarrassment by revealing all the secrets of nature to us we should not know what to do for sheer apathy and boredom.
He who wishes to exert a useful influence must be careful to insult nothing. Let him not be troubled by what seems absurd, but concentrate his energies to the creation of what is good. He must not demolish, but build. He must raise temples where mankind may come and partake of the purest pleasure.
I never believed in trying to do anything. Whatever I set out to do I found I had already accomplished.
If your treat an individual ... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
It is a mistake for a taciturn, serious-minded woman to marry a jovial man, but not for a serious-minded man to marry a lighthearted woman.
It is not enough to have knowledge, one must also apply it. It is not enough to have wishes, one must also accomplish.
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.
Man supposes that he directs his life and governs his actions, when his existence is irretrievably under the control of destiny.
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.
Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
That is the true season of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will love in the same way after us.
The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.
The best fortune that can fall to a man is that which corrects his defects and makes up for his failings.
The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before.
The phrases that men hear or repeat continually, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence.
There is a courtesy of the heart it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
To be loved for what one is, is the greatest exception. The great majority love in others only what they lend him, their own selves, their version of him.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Viewed from the summit of reason, all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
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.
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