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Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
– James Russell Lowell
The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it.
The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.
Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.
Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light.
In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.
There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.
Folks never understand the folks they hate.
Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not.
In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade’s no easier to make than an oak.
True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.
An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.
Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.
Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.
Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.