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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.

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There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

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There is no remedy for love but to love more.

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Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?

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Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

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Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.

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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

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I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

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Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

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It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

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As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

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A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

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I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

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When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.

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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

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Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

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That government is best which governs least.

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A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

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Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.

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Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.

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Be not simply good - be good for something.

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Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

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If misery loves company, misery has company enough.

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There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.

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All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.

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I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

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It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

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Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

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'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.

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How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.

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Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.

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Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.

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The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

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To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

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Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

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Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

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All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.

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In wilderness is the preservation of the world.

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Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

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We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

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Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

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I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.

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None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

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Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

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Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.

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Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

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Men have become the tools of their tools.

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Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.

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Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

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Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

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The heart is forever inexperienced.

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Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

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We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

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To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.

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What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.

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Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.

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How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

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Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.

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What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?

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Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.

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Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

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The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

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Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

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It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.

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Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent.

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It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.

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Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

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Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.

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Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.

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Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.

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Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.

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It is never too late to give up our prejudices.

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I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

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If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

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Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.

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What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.

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A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.

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After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.

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Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.

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I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.

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It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.

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If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.

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In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.

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I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

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The perception of beauty is a moral test.

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To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.

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Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.

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Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.

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Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

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It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.

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Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

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Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.

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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

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The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.

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If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.

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