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The more a man desirous to pass at a value above his worth, and can, by dignified silence, contrast with the garrulity of trivial minds, the more will the world give him credit for the wealth he does not possess.
[Silence]
 

The past but lives in written words: a thousand ages were blank if books had not evoked their ghosts, and kept the pale unbodied shades to warn us from fleshless lips.
[Books]
 

The pen is mightier than the sword.
[Writers And Writing]
 

The poet, whether in prose or verse, the creator, can only stamp his images forcibly on the page, in proportion as he has forcibly felt, ardently nursed, and long brooded over them.
[Poetry]
 

The public man needs but one patron, namely, the lucky moment.
[Opportunity]
 

The real truthfulness of all works of imagination, - sculpture, painting, and written fiction, is so purely in the imagination, that the artist never seeks to represent positive truth, but the idealized image of a truth.
[Art]
 

The same refinement which brings us new pleasures, exposes us to new pains.
[Pain]
 

The sunshine of the mind.
 

The surest way of making a dupe is to let your victim suppose you are his.
[Deceit]
 

The true proof of the inherent nobleness of our common nature is in the sympathy it betrays with what is noble wherever crowds are collected. Never believe the world is base; if it were so, no society could hold together for a day.
[Humanity]
 

The truest eloquence is that which holds us too mute for applause.
[Eloquence]
 

The veil which covers the face of futurity is woven by the hand of mercy.
 

There are many more fools in the world than there are knaves, otherwise the knaves could not exist.
[Fools]
 

There are times when the mirth of others only saddens us, especially the mirth of children with high spirits, that jar on our own quiet mood.
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There are two lives to each of us, the life of our actions, and the life of our minds and hearts. - History reveals men's deeds and their outward characters, but not themselves. - There is a secret self that has its own life, unpenetrated and unguessed.
[Life]
 

There are two things in life, that a sage must preserve at every sacrifice, the coats of his stomach, and the enamel of his teeth. - Some evils admit of consolations, but there are no comforters for dyspepsia and the toothache.
[Health]
 

There is a time in the lives of most of us when, despondent of all joy in an earthly future, and tortured by conflicts between inclination and duty, we transfer all the passion and fervor of our troubled souls to enthusiastic yearnings for the divine love, looking to its mercy, and taking thence the only hopes that can cheer - the only strength that can sustain us.
 

There is certainly something of exquisite kindness and thoughtful benevolence in that rarest of gifts, - fine breeding.
[Manners]
 

There is no man so friendless but what he can find a friend sincere enough to tell him disagreeable truths.
[Enemies]
 

There is no policy like politeness; and a good manner is the best thing in the world either to get a good name, or to supply the want of it.
[Manners]
 


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