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Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.
The best compliment to a child or a friend is the feeling you give him that he has been set free to make his own inquiries, to come to conclusions that are right for him, whether or not they coincide with your own.
The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
We turn not older with years, but newer every day.
Men and women are limited not by the place of their birth, not by the color of their skin, but by the size of their hope.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
Others only gargle.
Well done is better than well said.
In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.
Who's to say what is "proper"? What if it was agreed that "proper" was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you wear it?
Life is just a blank slate, what matters most is what you write on it.
Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
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I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
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I shall only say that I have passed a varied and eventful life, that it has been my fortune to see earth, heavens, ocean, and man in most of their aspects; but never have I beheld any spectacle which so plainly manifested the majesty of the Creator, or so forcibly taught the lesson of humility to man as a total eclipse of the sun.