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Order means light and peace, inward liberty and free command over one's self; order is power.
[Order]
 

Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
 

Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults, a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.
 

Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.
 

Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.
 

Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.
 

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
 

So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being.
 

Society lives by faith, and develops by science.
 

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.
 

Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.
 

Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy.
 

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
[Acts]
 

The best path through life is the highway.
 

The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes.
 

The great artist and thinker are the simplifiers.
[Simplicity]
 

The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.
[Life]
 

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
 

The only substance properly so called is the soul.
 

The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man which it forms.
[Man]
 


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