Life is a series of surprises and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Republics abound in young civilians who believe that the laws make the city, that grave modifications of the policy and modes of living and employments of the population, that commerce, education and religion may be voted in or out; and that any measure, though it were absurd, may be imposed on a people if only you can get sufficient voices to make it a law. But the wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand which perishes in the twisting; that the State must follow and not lead the character and progress of the citizen; that the form of government which prevails is the expression of what cultivation exists in the population which permits it. The law is only a memorandum.
Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well — he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
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The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions.
One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.
There is a time when a man distinguishes the idea of felicity from the idea of wealth; it is the beginning of wisdom.
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.
The way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.
The real satisfaction which praise can afford, is when what is repeated aloud agrees with the whispers of conscience, by showing us that we have not endeavored to deserve well in vain.