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The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.

Skepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Lower than that he will not get.
To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
No matter what you do, do it to your utmost. I always attribute my success to always requiring myself to do my level best, if only in driving a tack in straight.
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
The creation of a thousand forest in one acorn.
When you affirm your own rightness in the universe, then you co-operate with others easily and automatically as part of your own nature. You, being yourself, helps others be themselves. Because you recognize your own uniqueness you will not need to dominate others, nor cringe before them
The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self-service populace, and all our specious comforts --the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria --are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.
I suppose it's possible that the Sundance Kid didn't like to make much of his birthdays--they may have struck him as just another reminder that his draw was getting slower by the year--but what if he truly liked a major celebration? What if he looked forward every year to marking the day of his birth with what they used to call in the West "a real wingding, with pink balloons and a few survivors"? I think Butch Cassidy would have arranged it.
We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.
The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
The keener the want the lustier the growth.
The best thing in life aren't things.
Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry.
When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word succeed, you find that it simply means to follow through.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
If you don't run your own life, somebody else will.
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.

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