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A man's action is only a picture book of his creed.
[Action]
 

A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
 

Almost all human affairs are tedious. Everything is too long. Visits, dinners, concerts, plays, speeches, pleadings, essays, sermons, are too long. Pleasure and business labour equally under this defect, or, as I should rather say, this fatal superabundance.
 

Choose an author as you choose a friend.
 

Every happiness is a hostage to fortune.
 

Everywhere I have sought rest and not found it, except sitting in a corner by myself with a little book.
 

Experience is the extract of suffering.
[Experience]
 

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
[Accomplished]
 

If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely.
 

In a balanced organization, working towards a common objective, there is success.
 

Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?
 

It has always appeared to me, that there is so much to be done in this world, that all self-inflicted suffering which cannot be turned to good account for others, is a loss - a loss, if you may so express it, to the spiritual world.
 

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.
 

Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.
 

Men of much depth of mind can bear a great deal of counsel; for it does not easily deface their own character, nor render their purposes indistinct.
[Advice]
 

Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.
[Reading]
 

Routine is not organization, any more than paralysis is order.
 

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
 

The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice.
 

The living together for three long, rainy days in the country has done more to dispel love than all the perfidies in love that have ever been committed.
[Familiarity]
 


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