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Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and somtimes agaisnt it - but sail we must. And not drift, nor lie at anchor.
People can be divided into two classes those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, 'Why wasn't it done the other way'
Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.
It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames... We all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us. Perhaps we have cotenants in this house we live in.
Our test of truth is a reference to either a present or imagined future majority in favour of our view.
As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Between two groups of men that want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds I see no remedy except force... It seems to me that every society rests on the death of men.
Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies they are ready enough to tell them.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions -- adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought—not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
Life is action and passion therefore, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
No stranger can get a great many notes of torture out of a human soul it takes one that knows it well -- parent, child, brother, sister, intimate.
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor.
Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. (The autocrat of the breakfast-table)
That at any rate is the theory of our Constitution. It is an experiment, as all life is an experiment.
The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it.
There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors with no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare reason and generalize, using labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, and predict. Their best illuminations come from above through the skylight.
There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.
We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman. For talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in a woman
When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman. For talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in a woman?
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