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Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
 

Give me by all means the shorter and nobler life, instead of one that is longer but of less account!
 

God has entrusted me with myself.
[Self Reliance]
 

God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil
 

He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.
[Drinking]
 

He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.
[Forgiveness]
 

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
 

He who exercises wisdom exercises the knowledge which is about God.
 

Here is the beginning of philosophy: a recognition of the conflicts between men, a search for their cause, a condemnation of mere opinion .. . and the discovery of a standard of judgement.
[Philosophy]
 

I am always content with what happens; for I know that what God chooses is better than what I choose.
[Contentment]
 

I am not eternity, but a man; a part of the whole, as an hour is of the day
 

I have a lantern. You steal my lantern. What, then, is your honor worth no more to you than the price of my lantern?
 

I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.
 

If any one speak ill of thee, consider whether he hath truth on his side; and if so, reform thyself, that his censures may not affect thee.
[Censure]
 

If any one tells you a person speaks ill of you, do not make excuse about what is said, but answer: "He was ignorant of my other faults else he would not have mentioned these alone."
[Slander]
 

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.
 

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.
 

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.
 

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.
[Progress]
 

If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.
[Begin]
 


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