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A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a witty person, but a pebble in the hands of a fool. -- John Roux
Author: Roux, JohnEra: 1886
We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy. -- Cyril Connolly
Author: Connolly, CyrilEra: 1903
Scorn also to depress thy competitor by any dishonest or unworthy method; strive to raise thyself above him only by excelling him; so shall thy contest for superiority be crowned with honour, if not with success. -- Akhenaton
Author: AkhenatonEra: -1375
Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil. -- Epictetus
Author: EpictetusEra: 50
He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the centre, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon. -- John Milton
Author: Milton, JohnEra: 1608
But honest instinct comes a volunteer; Sure never to o'er-shoot, but just to hit, While still too wide or short in human wit. -- Alexander Pope
Author: Pope, AlexanderEra: 1688
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. -- Manly P. Hall
Author: Hall, Manly P.Era: 1901
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. -- Socrates
Author: SocratesEra: -469
I was always an early riser. Happy the man who is! Every morning day comes to him with a virgin's love, full of bloom and freshness. The youth of nature is contagious, like the gladness of a happy child. -- Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Author: Bulwer-Lytton, Edward RobertEra: 1803
Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people. -- John Adams
Author: Adams, JohnEra: 1735
Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it. -- William Temple
Author: Temple, WilliamEra: 1628
A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature. -- Isaac Newton
Author: Newton, IsaacEra: 1642
The mind is seldom quickened to very vigorous operations but by pain, or the dread of pain. We do not disturb ourselves with the detection of fallacies which do us no harm. -- Samuel Johnson
Author: Johnson, SamuelEra: 1709
It is ever the invisible that is the object of our profoundest worship. with the lover it is not the seen but the unseen that he muses upon. -- Christian Nestell Bovee
Author: Bovee, Christian NestellEra: 1820
Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear. -- William Shakespeare
Author: Shakespeare, WilliamEra: 1564
Suspicion, Discontent, and Strife, Come in for Dowrie with a Wife. -- Robert Herrick
Author: Herrick, RobertEra: 1591
For age is opportunity no less Than youth itself, though in another dress, And as the evening twilight fades away The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day. -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Author: Longfellow, Henry WadsworthEra: 1807
Facts are the air of scientists. without them you can never fly. -- Linus Pauling
Author: Pauling, LinusEra: 1901
Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray; Who can tread sure on the smooth, slippery way: Pleased with the surface, we glide swiftly on, And see the dangers that we cannot shun. -- John Dryden
Author: Dryden, JohnEra: 1631
You sparkle with larceny. -- Wilson Mizner
Author: Mizner, WilsonEra: 1876
A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair. -- Niccolo Machiavelli
Author: Machiavelli, NiccoloEra: 1469
Nobody was ever meant To remember or invent What he did with every cent. -- Robert Frost
Author: Frost, RobertEra: 1874
Nothing begins, and nothing ends, that is not paid with moan; for we are born in other's pain, and perish in our own. -- Francis Thompson
Author: Thompson, FrancisEra: 1859
The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. -- Havelock Ellis
Author: Ellis, HavelockEra: 1859
Know thou the self (spirit) as riding in a chariot, The body as the chariot. Know thou the intellect as the chariot-driver, And the mind as the reins. The senses, they say, are the horses; The objects of sense, what they range over. The self combined with senses and mind Wise men call "the enjoyer." -- Upanishads
Author: UpanishadsEra: -800
If the Great Way perishes there will morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants. -- Lao-Tzu
Author: Lao-TzuEra: -604
"Is there no hope?" the sick man said, The silent doctor shook his head, And took his leave with signs of sorrow, Despairing of his fee to-morrow. -- John Gay
Author: Gay, JohnEra: 1685
If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains. -- Cicero
Author: CiceroEra: -106
without labor nothing prospers. -- Sophocles
Author: SophoclesEra: -496
Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised. -- Christian Nestell Bovee
Author: Bovee, Christian NestellEra: 1820
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. -- Voltaire
Author: VoltaireEra: 1694
He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason. -- Baruch Spinoza
Author: Spinoza, BaruchEra: 1632
Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society. -- Thomas Jefferson
Author: Jefferson, ThomasEra: 1743
Revenge...is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion. -- Jeremy Taylor
Author: Taylor, JeremyEra: 1613
The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby. -- I Ching
Author: Ching, IEra: -1150
War - An act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will. -- Carl von Clausewitz
Author: von Clausewitz, CarlEra: 1780
It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them the more noise they make in pouring it out. -- Alexander Pope
Author: Pope, AlexanderEra: 1688
To laugh with others is one of life's great pleasures. To be laughed at by others is one of life's great hurts. -- Frank Tyger
Author: Tyger, FrankEra: 1950
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. -- James L. Allen
Author: Allen, James L.Era: 1849
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe - the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me. -- Immanuel Kant
Author: Kant, ImmanuelEra: 1724
It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree. -- Saskya Pandita
Author: Pandita, SaskyaEra: 1182
wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation. -- Mark Twain
Author: Twain, MarkEra: 1835
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you. -- Joseph Joubert
Author: Joubert, JosephEra: 1754
The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears. -- Heraclitus
Author: HeraclitusEra: -535
The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. -- Plato
Author: PlatoEra: -427
No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it. -- Charles C. Colton
Author: Colton, Charles C.Era: 1780
Heaven means to be one with God. -- Confucius
Author: ConfuciusEra: -551
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. -- Herbert Spencer
Author: Spencer, HerbertEra: 1820
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
The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres. -- I Ching
Author: Ching, IEra: -1150
Some have learnt many Tricks of sly Evasion, Instead of Truth they use Equivocation, And eke it out with mental Reservation, Which is to good Men an Abomination. -- Benjamin Franklin
Author: Franklin, BenjaminEra: 1706
Order is a lovely nymph, the child of Beauty and Wisdom; her attendants are Comfort, Neatness, and Activity; her abode is the valley of happiness: she is always to be found when sought for, and never appears so lovely as when contrasted with her opponent, Disorder. -- Samuel Johnson
Author: Johnson, SamuelEra: 1709
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. -- Nathaniel Hawthorne
Author: Hawthorne, NathanielEra: 1804
We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities...still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. -- Charles Darwin
Author: Darwin, CharlesEra: 1809
The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. -- William Shakespeare
Author: Shakespeare, WilliamEra: 1564
Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune. -- Seneca
Author: SenecaEra: -4
Of that Equilibrium between Authority and Individual Action which constitutes Free Government, be settling on immutable foundations Liberty with Obedience to Law, Equality with Subjection to Authority, and Fraternity with Subordination to the Wisest and the Best: and of that Equilibrium between the Active Energy of the Will of the Present, expressed by the Vote of the People, and the Passive Stability and Permanence of the Will of the Past, expressed in constitutions of government, written or unwritten, and in laws and customs, gray with age and sanctified by time, as precedents and authority. -- Albert Pike
Author: Pike, AlbertEra: 1809
You can do anything with bayonets except sit on them. -- Camillo di Cavour
Author: di Cavour, CamilloEra: 1810
Think, and be careful what thou art within; For there is sin in the desire of sin; Think, and be thankful, in a different case; For there is grace in the desire of grace. -- John Byrom
Author: Byrom, JohnEra: 1692
The man who procrastinates struggles with ruin. -- Hesiod
Author: HesiodEra: -700
Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason. -- Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Da Vinci, LeonardoEra: 1452
Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Author: Goethe, Johann VonEra: 1749
Silence is the wit of fools. -- Jean La Bruyere
Author: La Bruyere, JeanEra: 1645
If a man will begin with certainties, he will end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he will end in certainties. -- Francis Bacon
Author: Bacon, FrancisEra: 1561
My patience to his fury, and am arm'd to suffer, with a quietness of spirit, the very tyranny and rage of his. -- William Shakespeare
Author: Shakespeare, WilliamEra: 1564
Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly. -- Chateaubriand
Author: ChateaubriandEra: 1768
You purchase pain with all that joy can give, and die of nothing but a rage to live. -- Alexander Pope
Author: Pope, AlexanderEra: 1688
Misery assails riches, as lightning does the highest towers; or as a tree that is heavy laden with fruit breaks its own boughs, so riches destroy the virtue of their possessor. -- Richard E. Burton
Author: Burton, Richard E.Era: 1861
You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humour teaches tolerance. -- W. Somerset Maugham
Author: Maugham, W. SomersetEra: 1874
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. -- William E. Borah
Author: Borah, William E.Era: 1865
The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the Bitch-Goddess success. That - with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word success - is our national disease. -- William James
Author: James, WilliamEra: 1842
To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us. -- William Hazlitt
Author: Hazlitt, WilliamEra: 1778
One lives with so many bad deeds on one's conscience and some good intentions in one's heart. -- Pierre Reverdy
Author: Reverdy, PierreEra: 1889
Yes, Love indeed is light from heaven; A spark of that immortal fire with angels shared, by Allah given to lift from earth our low desire. -- Lord Byron
Author: Byron, LordEra: 1788
When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself. -- Confucius
Author: ConfuciusEra: -551
What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless. -- Ovid
Author: OvidEra: -43
Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss. -- St. Gregory I
Author: Gregory I, St.Era: 540
A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel, any day. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Author: Holmes Sr., Oliver WendellEra: 1809
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. -- Will Rogers
Author: Rogers, WillEra: 1879
When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it. -- Lord Byron
Author: Byron, LordEra: 1788
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. -- Sivananda
Author: SivanandaEra: 1887
Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done. -- William Shakespeare
Author: Shakespeare, WilliamEra: 1564
Perils, and misfortunes, and want, and pain, and injury, are more or less the certain lot of every man that cometh into the world. It behooveth thee, therefore, O child of calamity! early to fortify thy mind with courage and patience, that thou mayest support, with a becoming resolution, thy allotted portion of human evil. -- Akhenaton
Author: AkhenatonEra: -1375
I can remember way back when a liberal was one who was generous with his own money. -- Will Rogers
Author: Rogers, WillEra: 1879
Men are great or small in stature as it pleases God. But their nature is great or small as it pleases themselves. Men are not born, some with great souls and some with little souls. One by taking thought cannot add to his stature, but he can enlarge his soul. By an act of the will he can make himself a moral giant, or dwarf himself to a pygmy. -- Albert Pike
Author: Pike, AlbertEra: 1809
Acquaint thyself with God, if thou would'st taste His works. Admitted once to his embrace, Thou shalt perceive that thou was blind before: Thine eye shall be instructed; and thine heart Made pure shall relish with divine delight Till then unfelt, what hands divine have wrought. -- William Cowper
Author: Cowper, WilliamEra: 1731
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid...for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. -- Deuteronomy
Author: DeuteronomyEra: -1200
If thou continuest to take delight in idle argumentation thou mayest be qualified to combat with the sophists, but will never know how to live with men. -- Socrates
Author: SocratesEra: -469
Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy, is the best bred in the company. -- Jonathan Swift
Author: Swift, JonathanEra: 1667
Neither sex, without some fertilization of the complimentary characters of the other, is capable of the highest reaches of human endeavor. -- H. L. Mencken
Author: Mencken, H. L.Era: 1880
The best man in his dwelling loves the earth. In his heart, he loves what is profound. In his associations, he loves humanity. In his words, he loves faithfulness. In government, he loves order. In handling affairs, he loves competence. In his activities, he loves timeliness. It is because he does not compete that he is without reproach. -- Lao-Tzu
Author: Lao-TzuEra: -604
Remember, as long as you live, that nothing but strict truth can carry you through the world, with either your conscience or your honor unwounded. -- Lord Chesterfield
Author: Chesterfield, LordEra: 1694
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal. -- Anatole France
Author: France, AnatoleEra: 1844
Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity. -- William Hazlitt
Author: Hazlitt, WilliamEra: 1778
The opera is like a husband with a foreign title - expensive to support, hard to understand and therefore a supreme social challenge. -- Cleveland Amory
Author: Amory, ClevelandEra: 1907
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew. -- Francis de Sales
Author: de Sales, FrancisEra: 1567
I deny the lawfulness of telling a lie to a sick man for fear of alarming him; you have no business with consequences you are to tell the truth. -- Samuel Johnson
Author: Johnson, SamuelEra: 1709
We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. -- Seneca
Author: SenecaEra: -4
Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing. -- Francis Bacon
Author: Bacon, FrancisEra: 1561
Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the evil impulses of one's dreams. In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits, it is part of my own being. -- Sigmund Freud
Author: Freud, SigmundEra: 1856
War I abhor, and yet how sweet The sound along the marching street Of drum and fife, and I forget Wet eyes of widows, and forget Broken old mothers, and the whole Dark butchery without a soul. -- Le Gallienne
Author: Le GallienneEra: 1866
He ne'er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy voices lead. -- John Keats
Author: Keats, JohnEra: 1795
Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it. Others do just the same with their time. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Author: Goethe, Johann VonEra: 1749
Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason. -- Lord Chesterfield
Author: Chesterfield, LordEra: 1694
Cultivate peace first in the garden of your heart by removing the weeds of lust, hatred, greed, selfishness, and jealousy. Then only you can manifest it externally. Then only, those who come in contact with you, will be benefited by your vibrations of peace and harmony. -- Sivananda
Author: SivanandaEra: 1887
Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word. The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword! -- Oscar Wilde
Author: Wilde, OscarEra: 1854
Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly. -- John Davies
Author: Davies, JohnEra: 1570
The study of oneself must go side by side with the study of the fundamental laws of the universe. The laws are the same everywhere and on all planes. But the very same laws manifesting themselves in different worlds, that is, under different conditions, produce different phenomena. -- Gurdjieff
Author: GurdjieffEra: 1873
The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D. -- Nelson Algren
Author: Algren, NelsonEra: 1909
For, when with beauty we can virtue join, We paint the semblance of a form divine. -- Matthew Prior
Author: Prior, MatthewEra: 1664
A great country is lowly. Everything under heaven blends with it. It is like the female, at all times and in every place overcomes the male by her quietude. Than quietude there is nothing that is more lowly. Therefore a great state gains by yielding; while the smaller state wins the greater by submission. In the one case lowliness gains adherents, in the other it procures favors. -- Lao-Tzu
Author: Lao-TzuEra: -604
It is the privilege of any human work which is well done to invest the doer with a certain haughtiness. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Author: Emerson, Ralph WaldoEra: 1803
The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune. -- I Ching
Author: Ching, IEra: -1150
The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition. -- Oliver Goldsmith
Author: Goldsmith, OliverEra: 1728
If you be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed the deeper they burn. -- Robert Southey
Author: Southey, RobertEra: 1774
See! led by Morn, with dewy feet, Apollo mounts his golden seat, Replete with seven-fold fire; While, dazzled by his conquering light, Heaven's glittering host and awful night Submissively retire. -- Thomas Taylor
Author: Taylor, ThomasEra: 1758
An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with material senses. Such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them. -- Bhagavad Gita
Author: Gita, BhagavadEra: -400
Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained... -- Lao-Tzu
Author: Lao-TzuEra: -604
Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about. -- Saskya Pandita
Author: Pandita, SaskyaEra: 1182
Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. -- Mark Twain
Author: Twain, MarkEra: 1835
A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze. -- Diogenes Laertius
Author: Laertius, DiogenesEra: -150
Corporation: an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. -- Ambrose Bierce
Author: Bierce, AmbroseEra: 1842
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. -- Buddha
Author: BuddhaEra: -568
Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. -- Robert Burton
Author: Burton, RobertEra: 1576
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue. -- Jean J. Rousseau
Author: Rousseau, Jean J.Era: 1712
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. -- Confucius
Author: ConfuciusEra: -551
If a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics. -- Francis Bacon
Author: Bacon, FrancisEra: 1561
The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve. -- Rig Veda
Author: Veda, RigEra: -1200
Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings. -- Horace
Author: HoraceEra: -65
Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. -- William Shakespeare
Author: Shakespeare, WilliamEra: 1564
Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also. -- Marcus Aurelius
Author: Aurelius, MarcusEra: 121
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
Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Yonder palace was raised by single stones, yet you see its height and spaciousness. He that shall walk with vigor three hours a day will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe. -- Samuel Johnson
Author: Johnson, SamuelEra: 1709
The Way of Heaven does not compete, And yet it skillfully achieves victory. It does not speak, and yet it skillfully responds to things. It comes to you without your invitation. It is not anxious about things and yet is plans well. Heaven's net is indeed vast. Though its meshes are wide, it misses nothing. -- Lao-Tzu
Author: Lao-TzuEra: -604
Since time is not a person we can overtake when he is past, let us honor him with mirth and cheerfulness of heart while he is passing. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Author: Goethe, Johann VonEra: 1749
The holy man, though he be distressed, does not eat food mixed with wickedness. The lion, though hungry, will not eat what is unclean. -- Saskya Pandita
Author: Pandita, SaskyaEra: 1182
Why seeketh thou revenge, O man! with what purpose is it that thou pursuest it? Thinkest thou to pain thine adversary by it? Know that thou thyself feelest its greatest torments. -- Akhenaton
Author: AkhenatonEra: -1375
Sadness is not an evil. Complain not; what seem to be sufferings and obstacles are often in reality the mysterious efforts of nature to help you in your work if you can manage them properly. Look upon all circumstances with the gratitude of a pupil. All complaint is a rebellion against the law of progress. -- H. P. Blavatsky
Author: Blavatsky, H. P.Era: 1831
Much that we call evil is really good in disguises; and we should not quarrel rashly with adversities not yet understood, nor overlook the mercies often bound up in them. -- Thomas Browne
Author: Browne, ThomasEra: 1605
Beauty attracts us men; but if, like an armed magnet it is pointed, beside, with gold and silver, it attracts with tenfold power. -- Jean Paul Richter
Author: Richter, Jean PaulEra: 1763
He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet. -- Joseph Joubert
Author: Joubert, JosephEra: 1754
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause. -- Voltaire
Author: VoltaireEra: 1694
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse. -- Benjamin Franklin
Author: Franklin, BenjaminEra: 1706
Necessity dispenseth with decorum. -- Thomas Fuller, M. D.
Author: Fuller, ThomasEra: 1654
Before God manifested Himself, when all things were still hidden in Him... He began by forming an imperceptible point; that was His own thought. with this thought He then began to construct a mysterious and holy form... the Universe. -- Zohar
Author: ZoharEra: 120
There was neither non-existence nor existence then; there was neither the realm of space nor the sky beyond. There was no distinguishing sign of night nor of day. That One breathed, windless, by its own impulse. Other than that there was nothing beyond. Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning; with no distinguishing sign, all this was water. The life force that was, was covered with emptiness, that one arose through the power of heat. Desire came upon that one in the beginning; that was the first seed of mind. -- Rig Veda
Author: Veda, RigEra: -1200
The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds. -- Joseph Addison
Author: Addison, JosephEra: 1672
Apply yourself both now and in the next life. without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation. -- Saskya Pandita
Author: Pandita, SaskyaEra: 1182
Great wits are sure to madness near allied And thin partitions do their bounds divide. -- John Dryden
Author: Dryden, JohnEra: 1631
Power may justly be compared to a great river; while kept within its bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes. -- Andrew Hamilton
Author: Hamilton, AndrewEra: 1676
Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason. -- Cicero
Author: CiceroEra: -106
The tongue like a sharp knife...Kills without drawing blood. -- Chinese Proverb
Author: Proverb, ChineseEra: 0
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. -- Calvin Coolidge
Author: Coolidge, CalvinEra: 1872
As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so it is of small wits to talk much and say nothing. -- François La Rochefoucauld
Author: La Rochefoucauld, FrançoisEra: 1613
Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within. -- Alfred Lord Tennyson
Author: Tennyson, Alfred LordEra: 1809
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots. -- George Santayana
Author: Santayana, GeorgeEra: 1863
Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical. -- Blaise Pascal
Author: Pascal, BlaiseEra: 1623
I seldom ... go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral. -- John Burroughs
Author: Burroughs, JohnEra: 1837
Defense is the stronger form with the negative object, and attack the weaker form with the positive object. -- Carl von Clausewitz
Author: von Clausewitz, CarlEra: 1780
The finest and noblest ground on which people can live is truth; the real with the real; a ground on which nothing is assumed. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Author: Emerson, Ralph WaldoEra: 1803
In nature all is managed for the best with perfect frugality and just reserve, profuse to none, but bountiful to all; never employing on one thing more than enough, but with exact economy retrenching the superfluous, and adding force to what is principal in everything. -- Shaftesbury III
Author: Shaftesbury IIIEra: 1671
At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme power rests with the most abandoned. -- Georges Jacques Danton
Author: Danton, Georges J.Era: 1759
He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye. -- Bhagavad Gita
Author: Gita, BhagavadEra: -400
To strive with an equal is dangerous; with a superior, mad; with an inferior, degrading. -- Seneca
Author: SenecaEra: -4
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. -- Confucius
Author: ConfuciusEra: -551
The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation. -- Tupper
Author: TupperEra: 1810
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. -- Mark Twain
Author: Twain, MarkEra: 1835
To understand a holy unity, examine the flame rising from a candle. We see at first two kinds of light, one glistening white and one blue or black. The white light is above and rises in a straight line, the blue or black light is beneath and appears to be the source of the white; yet the two lights are so closely united they form one single flame. But the source formed by the blue or black light is, in turn, attached to the wick under it. The white light never changes, it always remains white; but several shades are distinguishable in the lower light. Moreover, the lower light moves in two opposite directions; above, it is connected to the white light, and below, it is attached to the burning matter; this matter continually consumes itself and rises toward the upper light. It is thus that all that is, reunites with the one unity. -- Zohar
Author: ZoharEra: 120
If rich men would remember that shrouds have no pockets, they would, while living, share their wealth with their children, and give for the good of others, and so know the highest pleasure wealth can give. -- Tryon Edwards
Author: Edwards, TryonEra: 1809
Whoever benefits his enemy with straightforward intention that man's enemies will soon fold their hands in devotion. -- Nagarjuna
Author: NagarjunaEra: 100
without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering - an image of death. -- Rabelais
Author: RabelaisEra: 1490
A soul without reflection, like a pile without inhabitant, to ruin runs. -- Edward Young
Author: Young, EdwardEra: 1683
Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. -- Kin Hubbard
Author: Hubbard, KinEra: 1868
Morals are an acquirement - like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis - no man is born with them. -- Mark Twain
Author: Twain, MarkEra: 1835
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own. -- Charles De Gaulle
Author: De Gaulle, CharlesEra: 1890
If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things. -- Confucius
Author: ConfuciusEra: -551
He never sold the truth to serve the hour, Nor paltered with Eternal God for power. -- Alfred Lord Tennyson
Author: Tennyson, Alfred LordEra: 1809
Man cannot live without self-control. -- Isaac Bashevis Singer
Author: Singer, Isaac B.Era: 1904
Not until you become a stranger to yourself will you be able to make acquaintance with the Friend. -- Nur 'Ali Shah
Author: Shah, Nur 'AliEra: 1797
Conservative: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the liberal, who wishes to replace them with others. -- Ambrose Bierce
Author: Bierce, AmbroseEra: 1842
The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late. -- Charles C. Colton
Author: Colton, Charles C.Era: 1780
with devotion's visage and pious action we do sugar o'er the devil himself. -- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Author: Shakespeare, WilliamEra: 1564
The chambers in the house of dreams Are fed with so divine an air, That Time's hoary wings grow young therein, And they who walk there are most fair. -- Francis Thompson
Author: Thompson, FrancisEra: 1859
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. -- Edmund Burke
Author: Burke, EdmundEra: 1729
Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In wit a man; Simplicity, a child. -- Alexander Pope
Author: Pope, AlexanderEra: 1688
The wit knows that his place is at the tail of a procession. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Author: Holmes Sr., Oliver WendellEra: 1809
It is only necessary to make war with five things: with the maladies of the body, with the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city, with the discords of families. -- Pythagoras
Author: PythagorasEra: -582
The Universe, which is the uttered Word of God, is infinite in extent. There is no empty space beyond creation on any side. The Universe, which is the Thought of God pronounced,never was not, since God never was inert; nor was, without thinking and creating. The forms of creation change, the suns and worlds live and die like the leaves and the insects, but the Universe itself is infinite and eternal, because God Is, Was, and Will forever Be, and never did not think and create. -- Albert Pike
Author: Pike, AlbertEra: 1809
Study what thou art Whereof thou art a part What thou knowest of this art This is really what thou art. All that is without thee also is within. -- Solomon Trismosin
Author: Trismosin, SolomonEra: 1580
Swift speedy time, feathered with flying hours, Dissolves the beauty of the fairest brow. -- Samuel Daniel
Author: Daniel, SamuelEra: 1562
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. -- Plato
Author: PlatoEra: -427
Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Author: Goethe, Johann VonEra: 1749
Health consists with temperance alone. -- Alexander Pope
Author: Pope, AlexanderEra: 1688
Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. -- Ovid
Author: OvidEra: -43
As to those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in God's path, give them, then, the tidings of a painful agony: on a day when these things shall be heated in hell-fire, and their foreheads, and their sides, and their backs shall be branded therewith. -- Koran
Author: KoranEra: 651
Money was made, not to command our will, But all our lawful pleasures to fulfill. Shame and woe to us, if we our wealth obey; The horse doth with the horseman away. -- Abraham Cowley
Author: Cowley, AbrahamEra: 1618
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? -- Luke
Author: LukeEra: 50
The darkest hour in any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it. -- Horace Greeley
Author: Greeley, HoraceEra: 1811
If there be no right of rebellion against a state of things that no savage tribe would endure without resistance, then I am sure that it is better for men to fight and die without right than to live in such a state of right as this. -- Roger Casement
Author: Casement, RogerEra: 1864
Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Author: Goethe, Johann VonEra: 1749
There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope. -- George Eliot
Author: Eliot, GeorgeEra: 1819
Men may scoff, and men may pray, but they pay every pleasure with a pain. -- William Henley
Author: Henley, WilliamEra: 1849
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