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I have lost confidence in myself.
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you that you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.
Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
Vanity dies hard, in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
Extreme busyness whether at school or college kirk or market is a symptom of deficient vitality and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.
Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
I never weary of great churches. It is my favourite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
To My MotherYou too, my mother, read my rhymesFor love of unforgotten times, And you may chance to hear once moreThe little feet along the floor.
There is no duty so much underrated as the duty of being happy.
There is no progress whatever. Everything is just the same as it was thousands, and tens of thousands, of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change.
Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.
Under the wide and starry sky Dig the grave and let me lie.
Well! marriage is like death, it comes to all.
The world is so full of a number of things I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
No, sir. I make it a rule of mine: The more it looks like Queer Street, the less I ask.
In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
If a man loves the labour of his trade apart from any question of success or fame the gods have called him.
To avoid an occasion for our virtues is a worse degree of failure than to push forward pluckily and make a fall.
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive and the true success is to labour.
The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.
But besides that I was of an unforgiving disposition from my birth, slow to take offense, slower to forget it, and now incensed both against my companion and myself.
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.
It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.
Courage is the footstool of the Virtues upon which they stand.
All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.
Is there anything in life so disenchanting as attainment?
The rain is falling all around, It falls on field and tree, It rains on the umbrellas here, And on the ships at sea.
Wine is bottled poetry.
I believe you to be strictly honorable.'He thoughtfully emptied his cup. 'I wish I could add you were intelligent, ' he went on, knocking on his head with his knuckles.
Every man has a sane spot somewhere.
Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.
... Man is not truly one, but truly two... even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both...
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive and the true success is to labor.
A friend is a present you give to yourself.
Ah sorts of allowances are made for the illusions of youth and none or almost none for the disenchantments of age.
A true writer is someone the gods have called to the task.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Everyone lives by selling something.
Suicide carried off many. Drink and the devil took care of the rest
I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
Wine is bottled poetry
Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying "Amen" to what the world tells you you ought to prefer is to keep your soul alive.
This simple accident of falling in love is as beneficial as it is astonishing.
Good and evil are so close as to be chained together in the soul.
You must suffer me to go my own dark way.
No baggage - there was the secret of existence.