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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult
A sword by itself does not slay; it is merely the weapon used by the slayer.
The important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength we gain in finding the solution
Don't stumble over something behind you.
We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
Great men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
There in no one more unfortunate than the man who has never been unfortunate. for it has never been in his power to try himself.
It's all in your headJ you have the power to make things seem hard or easy or even amusing. The choice is yours.
Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.
You want to live-but do you know how to live? You are scared of dying-and, tell me, is the kind of life you lead really any different from being dead?
Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life.
Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.
We suffer more in imagination than in reality.
It's not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.
Life is long if you know how to use it.
The intellect must not be kept at consistent tension, but diverted by pastimes.... The mind must have relaxation, and will rise stronger and keener after recreation.
The primary sign of a well-ordered mind is a man's ability to remain in one place and linger in his own company
To strive with an equal is dangerous; with a superior, mad; with an inferior, degrading.
Poverty with joy isn't poverty at all. The poor man is not one who has little, but one who hankers after more.
We are members of one great body. Nature planted in us a mutual love, and fitted us for a social life. We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.
Be not dazzled by beauty, but look for those inward qualities which are lasting.
The Fates guide those who go willingly. Those who do not, they drag.
He who asks with timidity invites a refusal.
If you don't know, ask. You will be a fool for the moment, but a wise man for the rest of your life.
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
Do the best you can . . . enjoy the present . . . rest satisfied with what you have.
To err is human. To repeat error is of the Devil.
Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man's power to live long.
You are your choices.
A good character is the only guarantee of everlasting, carefree happiness.
Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune. He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power.
We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them.
Life without the courage to die is slavery.
Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.
There is no evil that does not promise inducements. Avarice promises money; luxury, a varied assortment of pleasures; ambition, a purple robe and applause. Vices tempt you by the rewards they offer.
While you teach, you learn.
May be is very well, but Must is the master. It is my duty to show justice without recompense.
It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
Delay not; swift the flight of fortune's greatest favours.
The wise man then followed a simple way of life-which is hardly surprising when you consider how even in this modern age he seeks to be as little encumbered as he possibly can.
Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
There is nothing wrong with changing a plan when the situation has changed.
Never to wrong others takes one a long way towards peace of mind.
He is most powerful who governs himself.
Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.
If you wish another to keep your secret, first keep it to yourself.
Eyes will not see when the heart wishes them to be blind.