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"I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching."

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"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."

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"Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing."

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"No great man ever complains of want of opportunity."

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"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

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"Nature hates calculators."

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"The first wealth is health."

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"The ancestor of every action is a thought."

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"The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem."

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"This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it."

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"Children are all foreigners."

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"Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait."

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"Every hero becomes a bore at last."

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"All mankind loves a lover."

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"All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen."

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"A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness."

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"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer."

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"The child with his sweet pranks, the fool of his senses, commanded by every sight and sound, without any power to compare and rank his sensations, abandoned to a whistle or a painted chip, to a lead dragoon, or a gingerbread dog, individualizing everything, generalizing nothing, delighted with every new thing, lies down at night overpowered by the fatigue, which this day of continual pretty madness has incurred. But Nature has answered her purpose with the curly, dimpled lunatic. She has tasked every faculty, and has secured the symmetrical growth of the bodily frame, by all these attitudes and exertions --an end of the first importance, which could not be trusted to any care less perfect than her own."

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"The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand."

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"The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him."

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"The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode."

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"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons."

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"The less government we have the better."

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"The power which resides in man is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried."

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"The only gift is a portion of thyself."

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"There is always room for a man of force, and he makes room for many."

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"There is a tendency for things to right themselves."

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"There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feel it."

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"Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes."

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"To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven."

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"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."

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"Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs."

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"Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men."

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"We are prisoners of ideas."

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"We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state."

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"We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples."

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"We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases."

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"We do what we must, and call it by the best names."

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"We gain the strength of the temptation we resist."

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"We rail at trade, but the historian of the world will see that it was the principle of liberty; that it settled America, and destroyed feudalism, and made peace and keeps peace; that it will abolish slavery."

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"We must set up a strong present tense against all rumors of wrath, past and to come."

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"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."

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"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered"

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"Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit."

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"You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong."

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"Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar."

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"As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way."

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"Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well."

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"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."

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"Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes."

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"Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world."

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"Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events."

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"Great geniuses have the shortest biographies."

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"Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous."

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"I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it."

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"I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship."

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"Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams."

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"If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground."

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"Make yourself necessary to somebody."

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"Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful."

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"Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted."

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"Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass."

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"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

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"Nothing external to you has any power over you."

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"People only see what they are prepared to see."

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"Power and speed be hands and feet."

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"Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character."

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"People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character."

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"No orator can top the one who can give good nicknames."

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"Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste."

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"Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action."

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"Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses."

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"Money is the representative of a certain quantity of corn or other commodity. It is so much warmth, so much bread."

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"In nature nothing can be given. All things are sold."

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"In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise."

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"Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same."

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"It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself."

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"It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay."

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"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."

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"It is not length of life, but depth of life."

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"Life is a festival only to the wise."

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"Let us, if we must have great actions, make our own so. All action is of infinite elasticity, and the least admits of being inflated with celestial air, until it eclipses the sun and moon."

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"It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence, whether a man be behind it or no."

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"Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries."

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"Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance."

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"Every wall is a door."

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"Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good."

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"Good men must not obey the laws too well."

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"Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?"

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"Cities give us collision. 'Tis said, London and New York take the nonsense out of a man."

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"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment."

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"Do what you know and perception is converted into character."

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"He is great who confers the most benefits."

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"Accept your genius and say what you think."

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"A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can."

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"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."

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"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud."

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"All the great ages have been ages of belief."

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"All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive."

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"Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet."

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