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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: American
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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

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Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.

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Earth laughs in flowers.

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People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

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Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

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A great man is always willing to be little.

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A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

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A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.

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In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

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Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.

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A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.

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All mankind love a lover.

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Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

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Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

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Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

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There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.

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In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.

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No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.

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It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

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Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.

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Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.

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Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.

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With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.

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Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world.

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Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.

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Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

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An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

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Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.

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We must be our own before we can be another's.

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If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.

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The first wealth is health.

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A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.

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Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

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To be great is to be misunderstood.

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Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

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For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

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He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.

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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.

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Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

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The years teach much which the days never know.

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God enters by a private door into every individual.

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The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

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Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.

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A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.

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Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.

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This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

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The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.

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Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.

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A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace.

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The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.

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Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.

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The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

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I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.

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Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.

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Every wall is a door.

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The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

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The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.

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As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.

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Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

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Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.

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Science does not know its debt to imagination.

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A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.

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People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

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A man in debt is so far a slave.

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The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

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The reward of a thing well done is having done it.

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We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.

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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

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Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.

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I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

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The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.

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Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

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Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.

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Beauty without expression is boring.

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We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

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What you are comes to you.

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Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.

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Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.

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One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.

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Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.

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There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream.

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Hitch your wagon to a star.

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Money often costs too much.

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A good indignation brings out all one's powers.

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Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.

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There are other measures of self-respect for a man, than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.

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Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.

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Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.

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Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.

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People only see what they are prepared to see.

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Pictures must not be too picturesque.

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When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.

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Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.

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I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.

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If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.

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Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.

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