Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.
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Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self.
The most beautiful woman is the one who is never divulging, she knows what she is and everything else is worth her.
Let us not look east and west for materials of conversation, but rest in presence and unity. A just feeling will fast enough supply fuel for discourse, if speaking be more grateful than silence. When people come to see us, we foolishly prattle, lest we be inhospitable. But things said for conversation are chalk eggs. Don’t say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary. A lady of my acquaintance said, I don’t care so much for what they say as I do for what makes them say it.
If you value a man’s regard, strive with him. As to liking, you like your newspaper – and despise it.
A private Life is to be preferred; the Honor and Gain of publick Posts, bearing no proportion with the Comfort of it
The key to every man is his thought. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.
But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves.
The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.