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Skepticism is unbelief in cause and effect.

Shallow people believe in luck and in circumstances; Strong people believe in cause and effect.
The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.
I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.
Be aware that young people have to be able to make their own mistakes and that times change.
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything
The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
I have learned more from my mistakes than from my successes.
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it -- immediately.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
If I had my life to live again. I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
All wrong doing is done in the sincere belief that it is the best thing to do.
The worst thing that one can do is not try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized -- and never knowing.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.
Footfalls echo in the memory down the passage which we did not take towards the door we never opened into the rose-garden.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.
A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule.
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.
The first thing a great person does, is make us realize the insignificance of circumstance.
Good men must not obey the laws too well.
Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.
The people are to be taken in small doses.
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
The never-ending task of self improvement.
A strenuous soul hates cheap success.
Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.
We never touch but at points.
We walk alone in the world.
Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
Society always consists in the greatest part, of young and foolish persons.
A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
The less government we have the better.
There is no knowledge that is not power.
O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!
He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.
When you learn not to want things so badly, life comes to you.
Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
The discontented man finds no easy chair.
In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure.
Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?
Self-command is the main discipline.
The secret in education lies in respecting the student.
Your life is what your thoughts make it.
Men, for the sake of getting a living forget to live.
Most people think life sucks, and then you die. Not me. I beg to differ. I think life sucks, then you get cancer, then your dog dies, your wife leaves you, the cancer goes into remission, you get a new dog, you get remarried, you owe ten million dollars in medical bills but you work hard for thirty-five years and you pay it back and then -- one day -- you have a massive stroke, your whole right side is paralyzed, you have to limp along the streets and speak out of the left side of your mouth and drool but you go into rehabilitation and regain the power to walk and the power to talk and then -- one day -- you step off a curb at Sixty-seventh Street, and BANG you get hit by a city bus and then you die. Maybe.
You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.
If I shall sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I'm sure that, for me, there would be nothing left worth living for.
Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one's head.
Living the truth in your heart without compromise brings kindness into the world. Attempts at kindness that compromise your heart cause only sadness.
My life is a battle.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
We are what we think. All that we are arises With our thoughts. With our thoughts, We make our world.
The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather understand one another.
If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
The fact that you are willing to say, I do not understand, and it is fine, is the greatest understanding you could exhibit.
I started out with nothing. I still have most of it.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
Understanding brings control.
Yearn to understand first and to be understood second.
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
We are slaves to whatever we don't understand
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
Great people are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.
To be great is to be misunderstood.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius.
So far as a person thinks; they are free.
Fame is proof that the people are gullible.
We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a belly-full of words and do not know a thing. The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.
The key to understanding others is to first understand yourself
Tis better to understand, than to be understood.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
A relationship, I think, is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.

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