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Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.

It is not our exalted feelings, it is our sentiments that build the necessary home.
Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
The perfect no-stress environment is the grave. When we change our perception we gain control. The stress becomes a challenge, not a threat. When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress in our life becomes manageable.
If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, 'Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure.
Life is indeed darkness save when there is urge, and all urge is blind save when there is knowledge, and all knowledge is vain save when there is work, and all work is empty save when there is love.
Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.
It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears.
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.
Square meals often make round people.
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.
A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war.
Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.
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.
The only journey is the one within.
A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.
I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there's nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends.
Can miles truly separate us from friends? If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there?
If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends.
Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.
Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality--not as we expect it to be but as it is--is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.
The tragedy of life is not that a man loses, but that he almost wins.
The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.
A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
A good motto is: Use friendliness but do not use your friends.
A friend is someone you can be alone with and have nothing to do and not be able to think of anything to say and be comfortable in the silence.
And though thou notest from thy safe recess old friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air love them for what they are; nor love them less, because to thee they are not what they were.
A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin.
Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.
If you would know the value of money try to borrow some.
Always borrow from a pessimist, he never expects anything back.
Why is it when we talk to God, we're praying, but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.
There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants -- more than anything else -- to become rich. As long as they don't have the money, it'll seem like a worthwhile goal. Once they do, they'll understand how important other things are -- and have always been.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.
When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.
Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.
There never was a person who did anything worth doing, who did not receive more than he gave.
By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.
It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead -- and find no one there.
No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.
Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.
Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
The devil's most devilish when respectable.
We all have known good critics, who have stamped out poet's hopes; Good statesmen, who pulled ruin on the state; Good patriots, who, for a theory, risked a cause; Good kings, who disemboweled for a tax; Good Popes, who brought all good to jeopardy; Good Christians, who sat still in easy-chairs; And damned the general world for standing up. Now, may the good God pardon all good men!
Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
Words pay no debts.
Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, and after one hour more twill be eleven. And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, and then from hour to hour we rot and rot. and thereby hangs a tale.
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
Sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses. Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another's failings; but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves. If at the end one can say, This man used to the limit the powers that God granted him; he was worthy of love and respect and of the sacrifices of many people, made in order that he might achieve what he deemed to be his task, then that life has been lived well and there are no regrets.
Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion.
The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
Be smart, but never show it.
Always this same morbid interest in other people and their doings, their privacies, their dirty linen, always this air of alertness for personal happenings, personalities, personalities, personalities. Always this subtle criticism and appraisal of other people, this analysis of other people's motives. If anatomy presupposes a corpse, then psychology presupposes a world of corpses. Personalities, which means personal criticism and analysis, presuppose a whole world laboratory of human psyches waiting to be vivisected. If you cut a thing up, of course it will smell. Hence, nothing raises such an infernal stink, at last, as human psychology.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.
If you go looking for a friend, you're going to find they're very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere.
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing-that's why we recommend it daily.
It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference.
The way you see people is the way you treat them.
You have to be before you can do, and do before you can have.
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
Stay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
Nature... She pardons no mistakes. Her yea is yea, and her nay, nay.
What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.
What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.
All of us are watchers -- of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway -- but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, Anywhere but here.
The secret in education lies in respecting the student.
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.
You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself.

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