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The best things in life are nearest Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children who has filled his niche and accomplished his task who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.
There is so much good in the worst of us, an so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us not to talk about the rest of us.
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
Quiet minds can't be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.
So long as we love we serve so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indespensable and no man is useless while he has a friend.
To be truly happy is a question of how we begin and not of how we end, of what we want and not of what we have.
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
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