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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
 

A man . . . makes his inferiors his superiors by heat.
[Anger]
 

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.
 

A man cannot speak but he judges and reveals himself. - With his will, or against his will, he draws his portrait to the eye of others by every word. - Every opinion reacts on him who utters it.
[Words]
 

A man cannot utter two or three sentences without disclosing to intelligent ears precisely where he stands in life and thought, whether in the kingdom of the senses and the understanding, or in that of ideas and imagination, or in the realm of intuitions and duty.
[Opinion]
 

A man conversing in earnest, if he watch his intellectual process, will find that a material image, more or less luminous, arises in his mind with every thought which furnishes the vestment of the thought. - Hence good writing and brilliant discourse are perpetual allegories.
 

A man finds room in a few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.
[Heredity]
 

A man in debt is so far a slave.
[Debt]
 

A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.
 

A man is a golden impossibility. The line he must walk is a hair's breadth. The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.
 

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like unto him wherever he goes. What you are comes to you.
[Positive]
 

A man is like a bit of Labrador spar, which has no lustre as you turn it in your hand until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors. - There is no adaptation or universal applicability in men, but each has his special talent, and the mastery of successful men consists in adroitly keeping themselves where and when that turn shall be oftenest to be practised.
[Man]
 

A man is made by the books he reads.
 

A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace.
[Happiness]
 

A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts.
 

A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
 

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
[Positive]
 

A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule.
 

A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.
 

A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
[Friendship]
 


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