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There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice. -- Mark Twain
Author: Twain, MarkEra: 1835
 
To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing. -- Mark Twain
Author: Twain, MarkEra: 1835
 
We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we now know that it is bad economics. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Author: Roosevelt, Franklin D.Era: 1882
 
The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, Like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest. -- Nagarjuna
Author: NagarjunaEra: 100
 
Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts. -- Nagarjuna
Author: NagarjunaEra: 100
 
Let the wind of the spirit blow between your shores. The great oaks in the forest do not grow in each other's shade. -- Kahlil Gibran
Author: Gibran, KahlilEra: 1883
 
Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed. -- Arthur Schopenhauer
Author: Schopenhauer, ArthurEra: 1788
 
Strive with thy thoughts unclean before they overpower thee. Use them as they will thee, for if thou sparest them and they take root and grow, know well, these thoughts will overpower and kill thee. Beware! Suffer not their shadow to approach. For it will grow, increase in size and power, and then this thing of darkness will absorb thy being before thou hast well realized the black foul monster's presence. -- H. P. Blavatsky
Author: Blavatsky, H. P.Era: 1831
 
On every mountain height is rest. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Author: Goethe, Johann VonEra: 1749
 
The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice. -- Terence
Author: TerenceEra: -195
 
Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination. -- Sivananda
Author: SivanandaEra: 1887
 
Weariness can snore upon the flint, when resty sloth finds the down pillow hard. -- William Shakespeare
Author: Shakespeare, WilliamEra: 1564
 
Unknown to her the rigid rule, The dull restraint, the chiding frown The weary torture of the school, The taming of wild nature down. -- John Greenleaf Whittier
Author: Whittier, John GreenleafEra: 1807
 
Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection. -- Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Author: TacitusEra: 55
 
The path of immortality is hard, and only a few find it. The rest await the Great Day when the wheels of the universe shall be stopped and the immortal sparks shall escape from the sheaths of substance. Woe unto those who wait, for they must return again, unconscious and unknowing, to the seed-ground of stars, and await a new beginning. -- The Divine Pymander
Author: Divine Pymander, TheEra: -2500
 
Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint. -- Daniel Webster
Author: Webster, DanielEra: 1782
 
Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace. -- George Santayana
Author: Santayana, GeorgeEra: 1863
 
Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name! -- William Winter
Author: Winter, WilliamEra: 1836
 
Prosperity is the surest breeder of insolence I know. -- Mark Twain
Author: Twain, MarkEra: 1835
 
Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force. -- George Bernard Shaw
Author: Shaw, George BernardEra: 1856
 
If thou art rich, thou art poor; for, like an ass, whose back with ingots bows, thou bearest the heavy riches but a journey, and death unloads thee. -- William Shakespeare
Author: Shakespeare, WilliamEra: 1564
 
Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing. -- Herodotus
Author: HerodotusEra: -484
 
restlessness is discontent - and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man - and I will show you a failure. -- Thomas Alva Edison
Author: Edison, Thomas A.Era: 1847
 
Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it. -- Stephen Leacock
Author: Leacock, Stephen B.Era: 1869
 
At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme power rests with the most abandoned. -- Georges Jacques Danton
Author: Danton, Georges J.Era: 1759
 
If capital and labor ever do get together it's good night for the rest of us. -- Kin Hubbard
Author: Hubbard, KinEra: 1868
 
One may say that evil does not exist for subjective man at all, that there exist only different conceptions of good. Nobody ever does anything deliberately in the interests of evil, for the sake of evil. Everybody acts in the interests of good, as he understands it. But everybody understands it in a different way. Consequently men drown, slay, and kill one another in the interests of good. -- Gurdjieff
Author: GurdjieffEra: 1873
 
It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence. -- Seneca
Author: SenecaEra: -4
 
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. -- William Faulkner
Author: Faulkner, WilliamEra: 1897
 
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. -- Edmund Burke
Author: Burke, EdmundEra: 1729
 
Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best. -- Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Author: Bulwer-Lytton, Edward RobertEra: 1803
 
The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea. -- François La Rochefoucauld
Author: La Rochefoucauld, FrançoisEra: 1613
 
It is an inexorable Law of Nature that bad must follow good, that decline must follow a rise. To feel that we can rest on our achievements is a dangerous fallacy. Inner strength can overcome anything that occurs outside. -- I Ching
Author: Ching, IEra: -1150
 
Yes, we must ever be friends; and of all who offer you friendship let me be ever the first, the truest, the nearest and dearest! -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Author: Longfellow, Henry WadsworthEra: 1807
 
Swift speedy time, feathered with flying hours, Dissolves the beauty of the fairest brow. -- Samuel Daniel
Author: Daniel, SamuelEra: 1562
 
Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. -- Daniel Webster
Author: Webster, DanielEra: 1782
 
The traveller's-eye view of men and women is not satisfying. A man might spend his life in trains and restaurants and know nothing of humanity at the end. To know, one must be an actor as well as a spectator. -- Aldous Huxley
Author: Huxley, AldousEra: 1894
 
Ah, how skillful grows the hand That obeyeth Love's command! It is the heart and not the brain That to the highest doth attain, And he who followeth Love's behest Far excelleth all the rest. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Author: Longfellow, Henry WadsworthEra: 1807
 
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