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People who are very vain are usually equally susceptible; and they who feel one thing acutely, will so feel another.
[Vanity]
 

Personal liberty is the paramount essential to human dignity and human happiness.
[Liberty]
 

Philosophers have done wisely when they have told us to cultivate our reason rather than our feelings, for reason reconciles us to the daily things of existence; our feelings teach us to yearn after the far, the difficult, the unseen.
[Reason]
 

Poverty is the wicked man's tempter, the good man's perdition, the proud man's curse, the melancholy man's halter.
[Poverty]
 

Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of power, and forbearance implies strength.
[Power]
 

Punctuality is the stern virtue of men of business, and the graceful courtesy of princes.
[Punctuality]
 

Rank is a great beautifier.
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Reading without purpose is sauntering, not exercise. More is got from one book on which the thought settles for a definite end in knowledge, than from libraries skimmed over by a wandering eye. A cottage flower gives honey to the bee, a king's garden none to the butterfly.
[Reading]
 

Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny. While we hear, every day, the small pretenders to science talk of the absurdities of alchemy, and the dream of the Philosopher's Stone, a more erudite knowledge is aware that by alchemists the greatest discoveries in science have been made, and much which still seems abstruse, had we the key to the mystic phraseology they were compelled to adopt, might open the way to yet more noble acquisitions.
[Philosophy]
 

Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illess is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset.
[Health]
 

Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.
[Remorse]
 

Revenge is a common passion; it is the sin of the uninstructed. - The savage deems it noble; but the religion of Christ, which is the sublime civilizer, emphatically condemns it. Why? Because religion ever seeks to ennoble man; and nothing so debases him as revenge.
[Revenge]
 

Say what we will, we may be sure that ambition is an error. Its wear and tear of heart are never recompensed; it steals away the freshness of life; it deadens our vivid and social enjoyments; it shuts our souls to our youth; and we are old ere we remember that we have made a fever and a labor of our raciest years.
[Ambition]
 

Society is a wall of very strong masonry, as it now stands; it may be sapped in the course of a thousand years, but stormed in a day - no! You dash your head against it - you scatter your brains, and you dislodge a stone. Society smiles in scorn, effaces the stain, and replaces the stone.
[Society]
 

Strike from mankind the principle of faith, and men would have no more history than a flock of sheep.
[Faith]
 

Sublime philosophy! thou art the patriarch's ladder, reaching heaven and bright with beckoning angels; but, alas' we see thee, like the patriarch, but in dreams, by the first step, dull slumbering on the earth.
[Philosophy]
 

Take away the sword; states can be saved without it; bring the pen!
 

Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.
[The Present]
 

Tell me not of the pain of falsehood to the slandered! There is nothing so agonizing to the fine skin of vanity as the application of a rough truth.
[Vanity]
 

That life only is truly free which rules and suffices for itself.
[Individuality]
 


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