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It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
[Heart]
 

It is the passions that wear - the appetites that grind out the force of life. - Excitement in the higher realm of thought and feeling does not wear out or waste men. - The moral sentiments nourish and feed us.
 

It is the triumph of civilization that at last communities have obtained such a mastery over natural laws that they drive and control them. The winds, the water, electricity, all aliens that in their wild form were dangerous, are now controlled by human will, and are made useful servants.
[Civilization]
 

It is trial that proves one thing weak and another strong. - A house built on the sand is in fair weather just as good as if builded on a rock. - A cobweb is as good as the mightiest cable when there is no strain upon it.
[Trials]
 

It usually takes 100 years to make a law, and then, after it's done its work, it usually takes 100 years to be rid of it.
 

It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
 

It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.
 

Joy is more divine than sorrow, for joy is bread and sorrow is medicine.
[Joy]
 

Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore; So much the better, you may laugh the more.
 

Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
 

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one.
 

Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
 

Let parents who hate their offspring rear them to hate labor and to inherit riches, and before long they will be stung by every vice, racked by its poison, and damned by its penalty.
[Occupation]
 

Let the day have a blessed baptism by giving your first waking thoughts into the bosom of God. - The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.
 

Let us pity those poor rich men who live barrenly in great bookless houses! Let us congratulate the poor that, in our day, books are so cheap that a man may every year add a hundred volumes to his library for the price of what his tobacco and beer would cost him. Among the earliest ambitions to be excited in clerks, workmen, journeymen, and, indeed, among all that are struggling up from nothing to something, is that of owning, and constantly adding to a library of good books. A little library, growing larger every year, is an honorable part of a young man's history. It is a man's duty to have books. A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.
[Libraries]
 

Life would be a perpetual flea-hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, insinuations, and suspicions which are uttered against him.
[Slander]
 

Like the cellar-growing vine is the Christian who lives in the darkness and bondage of fear. But let him go forth, with the liberty of God, into the light of love, and he will be like the plant in the field, healthy, robust, and joyful.
 

Live for the other life. Endure as seeing Him who is invisible. Work by faith; work by hope; work by love; work by courage; work by trust; work by the sweet side of your mind; and so be like Christ, until you dwell with Him.
 

Living is death; dying is life. - On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that, citizens; on this side, orphans; on that, children; on this side, captives; on that, freemen; on this side disguised, unknown; on that, disclosed and proclaimed as the sons of God.
[Death]
 

Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low.
[Love]
 


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