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  • If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
    (topic: adventure)

  • It is an easy thing for one whose foot
    is on the outside of calamity
    to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.
    (topic: advice)

  • In giving advice, seek to help, not to please, your friend.
    (topic: advice)

  • Whoever, in middle age, attempts to realize the wishes and hopes of his early youth, invariably deceives himself. Each ten years of a man's life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.
    (topic: age)

  • It's not that age brings childhood back again,
    Age merely shows what children we remain.
    (topic: age)

  • What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
    -- Mark 8:36 (topic: ambition)

  • We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
    (topic: anger)

  • Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
    -- Ecclesiastes 7:9 (topic: anger)

  • Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.
    -- Ephesians 4:26 (topic: anger)

  • The bare recollection of anger kindles anger.
    (topic: anger)

  • The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
    -- Psalms 14:1 (topic: atheism)

  • It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.
    (topic: beauty)

  • Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies. Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins. Thy neck is like a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus. Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries. How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!
    -- Song of Solomon 7:2-6 (topic: body)

  • Though it be disfigured by many defects, to whom is his own body not dear?
    (topic: body)

  • I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

  • You cannot step twice into the same river; for other waters are continually flowing in.
    (topic: change)

  • There is something in the pang of change
    More than the heart can bear,
    Unhappiness remembering happiness.
    (topic: change)

  • Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's wall is ablaze.
    (topic: community)

  • This is courage in a man:
    to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.
    (topic: courage)

  • Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
    (topic: courage)

  • Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
    (topic: courage)

  • Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
    -- Genesis 3:19 (topic: death)

  • What greater pain could mortals have than this:
    To see their children dead before their eyes?
    (topic: death)

  • Come, for the House of Hope is built on sand: bring wine, for the fabric of life is as weak as the wind.
    (topic: death)

  • Remember that you are an actor in a drama, of such a part as it may please the master to assign you, for a long time or for a little as he may choose. And if he will you to take the part of a poor man, or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen, then may you act that part with grace! For to act well the part that is allotted to us, that indeed is ours to do, but to choose it is another's.
    (topic: destiny)

  • Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.
    (topic: destiny)

  • Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour.
    (topic: destiny)

  • What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
    -- Matthew 19:6 (topic: divorce)

  • A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, "Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful?" holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. "Yet," added he, "none of you can tell where it pinches me.
    (topic: divorce)

  • Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
    (topic: divorce)

  • The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
    (topic: education)

  • Only the educated are free.
    (topic: education)

  • Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
    --Proverbs 22:6 (topic: education)

  • Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good.
    (topic: enemies)

  • Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.
    (topic: excellence)

  • Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
    (topic: experience)

  • Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from.
    (topic: fame)

  • Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows.
    (topic: fame)

  • As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
    (topic: family)

  • Lucky that man
    whose children make his happiness in life
    and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes.
    (topic: fathers)

  • An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
    (topic: fathers)

  • There are times when fear is good
    It must keep its watchful place
    at the heart's controls. There is
    advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
    (topic: fear)

  • It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
    (topic: fear)

  • Venus favors the bold.
    (topic: flirtation)

  • One should eat to live, not live to eat.
    (topic: food)

  • Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
    -- Proverbs 27:6 (topic: friends and enemies)

  • A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
    (topic: friends and enemies)

  • Forsake not an old friend, for a new one does not compare with him.
    -- Ecclesiasticus 9:10 (topic: friendship)

  • My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
    (topic: friendship)

  • Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
    (topic: friendship)

  • Real friendship is shown in times of trouble;
    prosperity is full of friends.
    (topic: friendship)

  • Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.
    (topic: friendship)

  • A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

  • The guilty think all talk is of themselves.
    (topic: guilt)

  • This is his first punishment, that by the verdict of his own heart no guilty man is acquitted.
    (topic: guilt)

  • How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
    (topic: guilt)

  • Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
    (topic: happiness)

  • Happiness depends upon ourselves.
    (topic: happiness)

  • Of mortals there is no one who is happy.
    If wealth flows in upon one, one may be perhaps
    Luckier than one's neighbor, but still not happy.
    (topic: happiness)

  • A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness.
    (topic: happiness)

  • The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.
    (topic: happiness)

  • It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt.
    (topic: hatred)

  • A man's heart changes his countenance, either for good or for evil.
    -- Ecclesiasticus 13:25 (topic: heart)

  • Let my heart be wise.
    It is the gods' best gift.
    (topic: heart)

  • All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
    (topic: heart)

  • Whatever makes an impression on the heart seems lovely in the eye.
    (topic: heart)

  • Hope is a waking dream.
    (topic: hope)

  • No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
    (topic: indecision)

  • In few men is it part of nature to respect
    a friend's prosperity without begrudging him.
    (topic: jealousy)

  • As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
    (topic: jealousy)

  • Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
    -- Psalms 30:5 (topic: joy and sorrow)

  • A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point.
    (topic: kissing)

  • For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
    -- Ecclesiastes 1:18 (topic: knowledge)

  • There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
    (topic: laughter)

  • We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last we destroy them out of discretion, and so disappears the most beautiful, the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverable for ourselves and for others.
    (topic: letters)

  • Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.
    -- Song of Solomon 8:7 (topic: love)

  • Love must not touch the marrow of the soul.
    Our affections must be breakable chains that we
    can cast them off or tighten them.
    (topic: love)

  • Love is a driver, bitter and fierce if you fight and resist him,
    Easy-going enough once you acknowledge his power.
    (topic: love)

  • Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.
    (topic: love)

  • Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.
    (topic: love)

  • Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.
    -- Ruth 1:16 (topic: loyalty)

  • No man can serve two masters.
    -- Matthew 6:24 (topic: loyalty)

  • The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
    -- Ecclesiastes 9:11 (topic: luck)

  • Fortune always will confer an aura
    Of worth, unworthily; and in this world
    The lucky person passes for a genius
    (topic: luck)

  • A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
    (topic: lying)

  • A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
    (topic: lying)

  • A liar should have a good memory.
    (topic: lying)

  • False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
    (topic: lying)

  • Married love between
    man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature.
    (topic: marriage)

  • There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
    (topic: marriage)

  • What makes men indifferent to their wives is that they can see them when they please.
    (topic: marriage)

  • When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
    -- I Corinthians 13:11 (topic: maturity)

  • Truth in medicine is an unattainable goal, and the art as described in books is far beneath the knowledge of an experienced and thoughtful physician.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about the taking of things prescribed.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.
    (topic: medicine)

  • When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
    (topic: mediocrity)

  • A mental stain can neither be blotted out by the passage of time nor washed away by any waters.
    (topic: mind)

  • When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.
    (topic: mind)

  • The spirit within nourishes, and mind instilled throughout the living parts activates the whole mass and mingles with the vast frame.
    (topic: mind)

  • Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
    (topic: misfortune)

  • In misfortune, which friend remains a friend?
    (topic: misfortune)

  • That moderation which nature prescribes, which limits our desires by resources restricted to our needs, has abandoned the field; it has now come to this--that to want only what is enough is a sign both of boorishness and of utter destitution.
    (topic: moderation)

  • The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.
    (topic: moderation)

  • Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
    (topic: music)

  • The day, water, sun, moon, night--I do not have to purchase these things with money.
    (topic: nature)

  • Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.
    (topic: night)

  • One day everything will be well, that is our hope.
    Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.
    (topic: optimism)

  • Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
    (topic: perception)

  • If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little shall be much.
    (topic: perseverance)

  • Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
    (topic: perseverance)

  • Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.
    (topic: perseverance)

  • Seldom do people discern
    Eloquence under a threadbare cloak.
    (topic: poverty)

  • There is no praise to bear the sort that you put in your pocket.
    (topic: praise)

  • True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.
    (topic: praise)

  • We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
    (topic: prayer)

  • It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
    (topic: prayer)

  • Men count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
    (topic: punctuality)

  • I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
    (topic: reading)

  • It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe that there are.
    (topic: religion)

  • Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • And if any mischief follow, then though shalt give life for life,
    Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
    Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
    -- Exodus 21:23-25 (topic: revenge)

  • It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.
    (topic: revenge)

  • Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
    (topic: silence)

  • All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
    (topic: sleep)

  • Even were sleep is concerned, too much is a bad thing.
    (topic: sleep)

  • No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

  • Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?
    (topic: soul)

  • Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
    (topic: success)

  • To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
    -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (topic: time)

  • There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
    (topic: time)

  • The truth shall make you free.
    -- John 8:32 (topic: truth)

  • Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.
    (topic: wisdom)

  • The price of wisdom is above rubies.
    -- Job 28:18 (topic: wisdom)

  • Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all they getting get understanding.
    -- Proverbs 4:7 (topic: wisdom)

  • The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
    (topic: wisdom)

  • Words convey the mental treasures of one period to the generations that follow; and laden with this, their precious freight, they sail safely across gulfs of time in which empires have suffered shipwreck and the languages of common life have sunk into oblivion.
    (topic: words)

  • The pen is mightier than the sword.
    (topic: writing)