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Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.
 

Some of the biggest failures I ever had were successes.
 

The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between men and women.
 

The bitterest creature under heaven is the wife who discovers that her husband's bravery is only bravado, that his strength is only a uniform, that his power is but a gun in the hands of a fool.
 

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
 

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word-excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
[Perfection]
 

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible-and achieve it, generation after generation.
[Attempt]
 

To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death.
[Hope]
 

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
[Work]
 

To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.
 

Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it.
[Courage]
 

We must have hope or starve to death.
[Hope]
 

We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights.
[Goals]
 

We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.
 

We should so provide for old age that it may have no urgent wants of this world to absorb it from meditation on the next. It is awful to see the lean hands of dotage making a coffer of the grave.
[Age]
 

What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.
 

When good people in any country cease their vigilance and struggle, then evil men prevail.
 

When hope is taken away from the people, moral degeneration follows swiftly after.
[Hope]
 

When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place.
 

When we know what we want to prove, we go out and find our facts. They are always there.
[Courage]
 


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