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Our dreams drench us in senses, and senses steps us again in dreams.
 

Our favorites are few; since only what rises from the heart reaches it, being caught and carried on the tongues of men wheresoever love and letters journey.
 

Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.
 

Our ideals are our better selves.
 

Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament. - Nor is there a paradise planted till the children appear in the foreground to animate and complete the picture.
 

Right is the royal ruler alone; and he who rules with least restraint comes nearest to empire.
 

Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
 

Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.
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Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
 

Sympathy wanting, all is wanting; its personal magnetism is the conductor of the sacred spark that lights our atoms, puts us m human communion, and gives us to company, conversation, and ourselves.
[Sympathy]
 

That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
[Books]
 

The deepest truths are best read between the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written.
[Truth]
 

The eyes have a property in things and territories not named in any title-deeds, and are the owners of our choicest possessions.
 

The head best leaves to the heart what the heart alone divines.
 

The less routine the more life.
 

The more one endeavors to sound the depths of his ignorance the deeper the chasm appears.
 

The richest minds need not large libraries.
 

The surest sign of age is loneliness. While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot be old, whatever his years may be.
[Age]
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The traveled mind is the catholic mind educated from exclusiveness and egotism.
 

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
[Against]
 


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