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The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
[Virtue]
 

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
[Family]
 

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
 

The past is for us, but the sole terms on which it can become ours are its subordination to the present.
[Past]
 

The peace of the man who has foresworn the use of the bullet seems to me not quite peace, but a canting impotence.
[Peace]
 

The people are to be taken in very small doses.
 

The perception of the comic is a tie of sympathy with other men.
 

The peril of every fine faculty is the delight of playing with it for pride. Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character, and the greater it grows, the more is the mischief. Talent is mistaken for genius, a dogma or system for truth, ambition for greatest, ingenuity for poetry, sensuality for art.
 

The person who screams, or uses the superlative degree, or converses with heat, puts whole drawing-rooms to flight. If you wish to be loved, love measure. You must have genius or a prodigious usefulness if you will hide the want of measure.
[Manners]
 

The pleasure of eloquence is, in greatest part, owing often to the stimulus of the occasion which produces it - to the magic of sympathy which exalts the feeling of each, by radiating on him the feeling of all.
[Eloquence]
 

The port, well worth the cruise, is near, and every wave is charmed.
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The post office, with its educating energy, augmented by cheapness, and guarded by a certain religious sentiment
[Civilization]
 

The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried.
 

The power which resides in man is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he until he has tried.
[Peace]
 

The present is an edifice which God cannot rebuild.
[The Present]
 

The problem of restoring to the world original and eternal beauty is solved by the redemption of the soul.
[Soul]
 

The profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader. The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
 

The pulpit and the press have many commonplaces denouncing the thirst for wealth; but if men should take these moralists at their word, and leave off aiming to be rich, the moralists would rush to rekindle, at all hazards, this love of power in the people lest civilization should be undone.
[Wealth]
 

The question is whether suicide is the way out, or the way in.
 

The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
[Peace]
 


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