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Religion cannot pass away. The burning of a little straw may hide the stars of the sky, but the stars are there, and will reappear.
[Religion]
 

Rich as we are in biography, a well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one; and there are certainly many more men whose history deserves to be recorded than persons able and willing to furnish the record.
[Biography]
 

Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
 

Sarcasm is the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
 

Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.
 

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.
[Secrecy]
 

Shakespeare says, we are creatures that look before and after; the more surprising that we do not look round a little, and see what is passing under our very eyes.
[Observation]
 

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
[Man]
 

Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.
 

Silence is deep as Eternity; speech, shallow as Time.
[Silence]
 

Silence is more eloquent than words.
[Silence]
 

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delights of life, which they are thenceforth to rule.
[Silence]
 

Skepticism means, not intellectual doubt alone, but moral doubt.
[Skepticism]
 

Speech is great, but silence is greater.
[Silence]
 

Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.
 

Speech is silvern, silence is golden.
[Speech]
 

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
[Action]
 

Taste, if it mean anything but a paltry connoisseurship, must mean a general susceptibility to truth and nobleness, a sense to discern, and a heart to love and reverence all beauty, order, goodness, wheresoever, or in whatsoever forms and accompaniments, they are to be seen. This surely implies, as its chief condition, a finery-gifted mind, purified into harmony with itself, into keenness and justness of vision; above all, kindled into love and generous admiration.
[Taste]
 

Teach a parrot the terms "supply and demand" and you've got an economist.
 

Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so.
 


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