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Poverty is only contemptible when it is felt to be so. Doubtless the best way to make our poverty respectable is to seem never to feel it as an evil.
[Poverty]
 

Repose without stagnation is the state most favorable to happiness. "The great felicity of life," says Seneca, "is to be without perturbations."
 

Self distrust is the cause of most of our failures. In the assurance of strength, there is strength, and they are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.
[Distrust]
 

Sensitiveness is closely allied to egotism; and excessive sensibility is only another name for morbid self-consciousness. The cure for tender sensibilities is to make more of our objects and less of our selves.
 

Silence, when nothing need be said, is the eloquence of discretion.
[Silence]
 

Something of a person's character may be discovered by observing how he smiles. - Some people never smile; they only grin.
 

Successful minds work like a gimlet, - to a single point.
[Concentration]
 

Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.
[Tears]
 

Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.
 

The beauty seen, is partly in him who sees it.
[Beauty]
 

The best evidence of merit is the cordial recognition of it whenever and wherever it may be found.
[Merit]
 

The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.
[Sensuality]
 

The busiest of living agents are certain dead men's thoughts; they are forever influencing the opinions and destinies of men.
[Thought]
 

The cheerful live longest in years, and afterwards in our regards. Cheerfulness is the offshoot of goodness.
[Cheerfulness]
 

The grandest of all laws is the law of progressive development. Under it, in the wide sweep of things, men grow wiser as they grow older, and societies better.
[Progress]
 

The great artist is a slave to his ideals.
 

The great obstacle to progress is prejudice.
[Prejudice]
 

The greatest events of an age are its best thoughts. It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.
[Thought]
 

The highest excellence is seldom attained in more than one vocation. The roads leading to distinction in separate pursuits diverge, and the nearer we approach the one, the farther we recede from the other.
[Occupation]
 

The language denotes the man; a coarse or refined character finds its expression naturally in a coarse or refined phraseology.
[Language]
 


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