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In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.
 

In idleness there is perpetual despair.
[Idleness]
 

In private life I never knew any one interfere with other people's disputes but that he heartily repented of it.
[Gossip]
 

In the huge mass of evil as it rolls and swells, there is ever some good working toward deliverance and triumph.
[Providence]
 

In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.
 

Innumerable are the illusions and legerdemain tricks of custom: but of all these, perhaps the cleverest is her knack of persuading us that the miraculous by simple repetition ceases to be miraculous.
 

Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.
 

It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.
 

It is a vain hope to make people happy by politics.
 

It is not a lucky word, this name "impossible"; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths.
[Impossibility]
 

It is one of the illusions, that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour.-Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.-No man has learned anything rightly until he knows and feels that every day is doomsday.
 

It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.
[Decisions]
 

It seems to me a great truth, that human things cannot stand on selfishness, mechanical utilities, economics, and law courts; that if there be not a religious element in the relations of men, such relations are miserable, and doomed to ruin.
[Government]
 

It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.
 

Knowest thou not, thou canst not move a step on this earth without finding some duty to be done, and that every man is useful to his kind, by the very fact of his existence?
[Usefulness]
 

Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession,-a property entirely our own. A greater vividness and permanency of impression is secured, and facts thus acquired become registered in the mind in a way that mere imparted information can never produce.
[Knowledge]
 

Labor is life; from the inmost heart of the worker rises his God-given force, the sacred celestial life-essence breathed into him by Almighty God!
[Labor]
 

Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.
 

Let a man try faithfully, manfully to be right, he will daily grow more and more right. It is at the bottom of the condition on which all men have to cultivate themselves.
 

Let each become all that he was created capable of being.
 


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