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The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. -Issac D'Israeli

...Silence is the perfectest herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much... -William Shakespeare ...the softest lover ever best succeeds... -Aaron Hill ...The mere intellect is perverse; it takes all sides, maintains all paradoxes, and comes to understanding only when it listens to the whisperings of common sense... -John Spalding ...Heroes in history seem to us poetic. But if we should tell the simple truth about some of our neighbors, it would sound like poetry... -George Curtis ...The best of life is conversation, and the greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between sincere people... -Ralph Waldo Emerson 1860 ...No thing is beautiful. But all things await the sensitive and imaginative mind that may be aroused to pleasurable emotion at the sight of them. This is beauty... -Robert Henri ...the most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue... -Antisthenes ~300BC ...Life consists in penetrating the unknown, and fashioning our actions in accord with the new knowledge thus acquired... -Leo Tolstoy If I could write the beauty of your eyes And in fresh numbers number all your graces, The age to come would say, 'This poet lies'... -William Shakespeare ...No explanation ever explains the necessity of making one... -Elbert Hubbard ...Every scene, even the commonest, is wonderful, if only one can detach onself, casting off all memory of use and custom and behold it, as it were, for the first time... -Arnold Bennett


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...Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great
adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the
sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is 
there for his continuance?

        -Frank Colby

  O world, thou choosest not the better part!
  It is not wisdom to be only wise,
  And on the inward vision close the eyes,
  But it is wisdom to believe the heart.

        -George Santayana

...Speech is the mirror of the soul, as a man speaks, so is he...

        -Publilius Syrus ~100 B.C.

...not every kind of argument can be derived from every circumstance,
and consequently our search requires discrimination...

        -Quintilian

...Men of mettle turn disappointments into helps, as the oyster turns
into pearls the sand which annoys it...

        -Orison Marden

...To understand is to forgive, even oneself...

        -Alexander Chase

...Sincerity is the indispensible ground of all conscientousness, and
by consequence of all heartfelt religion...

        -Immanuel Kant

  To be or not to be: that is the question.       
  Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
  The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
  Or to take arms against the sea of troubles,
  And by opposing, end them...

        -William Shakespeare

...Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive
and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other...

        -Norman Bradburn

...I hold myself indebted to any one from whose enlightened 
understanding another ray of knowledge communicates to mine. Really
to inform the mind is to correct and enlarge the heart...

        -Junius

...Most mens conscience, habits, and opinions are borrowed from
convention and gather continually comforting assurances from the same
social consensus that originally suggested them...

        -George Santayana

...Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am
far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true...

        -Robert Brault

  I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.        
  I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
  I learn by going where I have to go.

        -Theodore Roethke

...Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person,
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all
out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful
hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath
of kindness blow the rest away...

        -Dinah Craik

...Man is a sun; and the senses are his planets...

        -Novalis

...Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us
to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it...

        -Pres. Abraham Lincoln 1860

   For we must share, if we would keep, that blessing from above; 
   Ceasing to give, we cease to have; such is the law of love.

        -Richard Trench
...The heart is forever inexperienced...           

        -H.D.Thoreau 1849

...Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave-and it sure
behooves us to be kind to one another along the way...

        -Alice Childress 1979

  I shall not let a sorrow die
   Until I find the heart of it,
  Nor let a wordless joy go by
   Until it talks to me a bit.

        -Sara Teasdale



...An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the
brain cell it occupied...

        -Arnold Glasow

...The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost...

        -G.K.Chesterton

...Happiness is like a butterfly which, when persued, is always beyond
our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you...

        -Nathaniel Hawthorne

...I am learning to see. I do not know why it is, but everything penetrates
more deeply within me, and no longer stops at the place, where until now,
it always used to finish...

        -Rainer Rilke

...A beautiful soul has no other merit than its existence...

        -J.Von Schiller

...When a happy moment, complete and rounded as a pearl, falls into the
tossing ocean of life, it is never wholly lost...

        -Agnes Repplier

...You may take great comfort from the fact that suffering inwardly 
for the sake of truth proves abundantly that one loves it and marks one 
out as being of the elect...

        -Ernest Renan 1964
 
...Of all things the measure is Man, of the things that are, that they are, and of the things that are not, that they are not... -Protagoras ~500 BC


...A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses...

        -Chinese proverb

...I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any
kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let
me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way
again...

        -William Penn



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