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A wise man was he who counselled that speculation should have free course, and look fearlessly toward all the thirty-two points of the compass, whithersoever and howsoever it listed.
 

A word spoken in season, at the right moment, is the matter of ages.
[Opportunity]
 

Acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze.
[Birth]
 

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
[Adversity]
 

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
[Adversity]
 

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books.-The true university of these days is a collection of books.
[Books]
 

Alas! how many causes that can plead well for themselves in the courts of Westminster, and yet in the general court of the universe, and free soul of man, have no word to utter!
[Law]
 

All great peoples are conservative.
 

All greatness is unconscious, or it is little and naught.
 

All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster's eye, will work wrong, and work unhappily for themselves and for you.
[Work]
 

All reform except a moral one will prove unavailing.
 

All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
 

All work is as seed sown; it grows and spreads, and sows itself anew.
[Work]
 

All work of man is as the swimmer's: a vast ocean threatens to devour him; if he front it not bravely, it will keep its word.
[Problems]
 

All work, even cotton spinning, is noble; work is alone noble...A life of ease is not for any man, nor for any god.
 

Anarchy is the choking, sweltering, deadly, and killing rule of no rule; the consecration of cupidity and braying of folly and dim stupidity and baseness, in most of the affairs of men. Slop-shirts attainable three half-pence cheaper by the ruin of living bodies and immortal souls.
[Anarchy]
 

Be not the slave of words.
 

Biography is the most universally pleasant and profitable of all reading.
[Biography]
 

Biography is the only true history.
[Biography]
 

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life-purpose. ... Get your happiness out of your work or you will never know what real happiness is. ... Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.
[Labor]
 


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