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  • The character of a friend cannot be discovered until that friend is given power over you.

  • Creativity flowers in the field of vacant judgments.

  • When young we spent our time dreaming of what will be.When old, we spend our time dreaming of what could have been.

  • Our individual lives are but small chapters in a very long book where we can investigate some of the prior chapters; but the future chapters can only be discovered by others.

  • There is no medal awarded, in the race of life, for being the first to cross the finish line.

  • It takes more courage to flee while others watch than to stand fast only because they watch.

  • Each life can be an original work of art or a composite photocopy of others, depending upon how thoroughly one’s individuality has been destroyed.

  • The brains of youth are so impressionable, that once a belief is acquired, intolerance to conflicting ideas is guaranteed.

  • Hatred is a form of self-cannibalization.

  • Jealousies and envies are parasites that feast on the contentment and peace of mind; and that if allowed free reign, will consume all hope of future happiness.

  • Maturing can be described as the gradual abandonment of certainties being replaced by the pursuit of answers to questions once believed to have been known.

  • One’s character is severely impaired if willing to praise the dead but not the living.

  • Parents and children are strangers united by blood but separated by misunderstandings.

  • One of the most powerful "people magnets" is confidence in one’s self.

  • Being creative is similar to pregnancy in that what is created must ideally be left to grow to term and then come forth freely. An idea continues to mature on its own, and to force it forth too early often produces a lifeless form of little value.

  • To be untroubled by the world’s problems is far from being unaffected by them, in very much the same way that to become weightless in space is not the same as being unaffected by gravity.

  • It is often said that a person that preaches one thing but does another is hypocritical, but perhaps this is only the first step in reform that the individual is taking, because to long think something is most often to eventually become it.

  • Sorrow like wind can be used to propel us from one place to another, and sorrow like wind can destroy us along the way if unprepared for the journey.

  • The wailing of the fallen are no less pitiful because they fell of their own acts.

  • The zeal of mankind is most apparent on matters where zeal is applied to that which is only hypothetical or known the least.

  • Variety may be the spice of life, but like all spices, it is easy to add too much.

  • It may be that a little absence makes the heart grow fonder, but a lot of absence makes the heart to wonder and then to wander.

  • No prophesy is more accurate than the one that is held privately beforehand and made public afterwards.

  • The tongue can poison one’s self without being swallowed.

  • The key virtue in life is to be well intentioned, for without that virtue all others are mere accidents.

  • It is doubtful that a fish, immersed in water, could ever think of another fish as being dry; in very much the same way, an individual, immersed in a neurotic society, could ever comprehend any other that is non-neurotic.

  • “Do-gooders” are more easily identified by their intentions than their results.

  • A foolish person is one that shuts the mind before shutting the mouth.

  • Our mothers and fathers produced our lives; our thoughts produced what we are.

  • How strange it is that we so little value many of those things of great utility and so highly value so many of those things of little utility, a trait unique to humans.

  • Security is most easily discovered in being aware of its scarcity.

  • Men are more often willing to face the possibility of death than the derogatory words that are said by not doing so; women tend to be wiser regarding words.

  • In matrimony, the heart is a vigorous but fickle hunter; however, the mind is a meticulous but steadfast acquirer.

  • Vanity is a poison unto its own self.

  • Many dispense words as though they might be perishable.


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