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Life is one, religion one, creeds are many and diverse.
 

Madame de Stael pronounced architecture to be frozen music; so is statuary crystallized spirituality.
 

Many can argue; not many converse.
 

Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds.
 

My favorite books have a personality and complexion as distinctly drawn as if the author's portrait were framed into the paragraphs and smiled upon me as I read his illustrated pages.
 

Nature is the armory of genius. Cities serve it poorly, books and colleges at second hand; the eye craves the spectacle of the horizon; of mountain, ocean, river and plain, the clouds and stars; actual contact with the elements, sympathy with the seasons as they rise and roll.
[Nature]
 

None can teach admirably if not loving his task.
 

Nor do we accept, as genuine the person not characterized by this blushing bashfulness, this youthfulness of heart, this sensibility to the sentiment of suavity and self-respect. Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. None are truly great without this ornament.
 

Nor is a day lived if the dawn is left out of it, with the prospects it opens. Who speaks charmingly of nature or of mankind, like him who comes bibulous of sunrise and the fountains of waters?
 

Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators.
[Education]
 

Of gifts, there seems none more becoming to offer a friend than a beautiful book.
 

One does not see his thought distinctly till it is reflected in the image of another's.
 

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
[Quotations]
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One must be rich in thought and character to owe nothing to books, though preparation is necessary to profitable reading; and the less reading is better than more;--book-struck men are of all readers least wise, however knowing or learned.
[Reading]
 

One must espouse some pursuit, taking it kindly at heart and with enthusiasm.
 

One must have lived greatly whose record would bear the full light of day from beginning to its close.
[Life]
 

One's outlook is a part of his virtue.
 

Opposition strengthens the manly will.
 

Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure.
[Misfortune]
 

Our bravest lessons are not learned through success, but misadventure.
 


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