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Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.
[Greatness]
 

Habit is the deepest law of human nature.
[Habit]
 

Happy the people whose annals are blank in history books!
 

Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you.
[Aims]
 

He is of the earth, but his thoughts are with the stars. Mean and petty his wants and desires; yet they serve a soul exalted with grand, glorious aims,-with immortal longings,-with thoughts which sweep the heavens, and wander through eternity. A pigmy standing on the outward crest of this small planet, his far reaching spirit stretches outward to the infinite, and there alone finds rest.
[Man]
 

He that can work is a born king of something.
[Work]
 

He who could foresee affairs three days in advance would be rich for thousands of years.
 

He who has battled with poverty and hard toil will be found stronger and more expert than he who could stay at home from the battle, concealed among the provision wagons, or unwatchfulty abiding by the stuff.
 

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
 

He who takes not counsel of the Unseen and Silent, from him will never come real visibility and speech.
 

He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem.
 

Here hath been dawning another blue day: think, wilt thou let it slip useless away?
[Mornings]
 

Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among mankind.
 

Heroes have gone out, quacks have come in; the reign of quacks has not ended with the nine­teenth century. The sceptre is held with a firmer grasp; the empire has a wider boundary. We are all the slaves of quackery in  one shape  or another. One portion of our being is always playing the successful quack to the other.
 

His religion at best is an anxious wish, - like that of Rebelais, a great Perhaps.
[Religion]
 

History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
 

History is the first distinct product of man's spiritual nature, his earliest expression of what can be called thought.
[History]
 

History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
 

History, a distillation of rumor
[History]
 

How much lies in laughter: the cipher key, wherewith we decipher the whole man!
[Laughter]
 


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