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It is impossible to love and to be wise.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
All rising to great places is by a winding stair.
It's not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.
Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted... but to weigh and consider.
Life is a marshmallow, easy to chew but hard to swallow.
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Knowledge is power.
Let the mind be enlarged... to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind
For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
You cannot teach a child to take care of himself unless you will let him try to take care of himself. He will make mistakes and out of these mistakes will come his wisdom.
A little science estranges a man from God; a lot of science brings him back.
Money is a great servant but a bad master.
Reasoning draws a conclusion, but does not make the conclusion certain, unless the mind discovers it by the path of experience.
Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.
Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
The momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.
Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.
God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint.
The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists.
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
They who derive their worth from their ancestors resemble potatoes, the most valuable part of which is underground.
The worst men often give the best advice.
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
the serpent if it wants to become the dragon must eat itself.
Wonder is the seed of knowledge
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.
Nothing opens the heart like a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes...and whatever lies upon the heart.
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.