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Intrepidity is an extraordinary strength of mind, which raises it above the troubles, disorders, and emotions, which the sight of great perils is calculated to excite; it is by this strength that heroes maintain themselves in a tranquil state of mind, and preserve the free use of their reason under the most surprising and terrible circumstances.

It is a great mistake to think anything too profound or rich for a popular audience. - No train of thought is too deep or subtle or grand; but the manner of presenting it to their untutored minds should be peculiar. - It should be presented in anecdote, or sparkling truism, or telling illustration, or stinging epithet, etc.; always in some concrete form, never in a logical, abstract, syllogistic shape.

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.

It is the mind that maketh good or ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.

It is with disease of the mind, as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorder, and half cured when we do.

Just as a particular soil wants some one element to fertilize it, just as the body in some conditions has a kind of famine for one special food, so the mind has its wants, which do not always call for what is best, but which know themselves and are as peremptory as the salt-sick sailor's call for a lemon or raw potato.

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

Knowledge, wisdom, erudition, arts, and elegance, what are they, but the mere trappings of the mind, if they do not serve to increase the happiness of the possessor? A mind rightly instituted in the school of philosophy, acquires at once the stability of the oak, and the flexibility of the osier.

Mental pleasures never cloy; unlike those of the body, they are increased by repetition, approved by reflection, and strengthened by enjoyment.

Mind is not as merchandise which decreaseth in the using, but like to the passions of men, which rejoice and expand in exertion.

Mind is the brightness of the body, - lights it, when strength, its proper but less subtle fire, begins to fail.

Mind unemployed is mind unenjoyed.

My mind to me a kingdom is; such present joys therein I find, that it excels all other bliss that earth affords.

Narrow minds think nothing right that is above their own capacity.

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.

Possession of anything begins in the mind. See quote detail

Prepare yourselves for the great world, as the athletes used to do for their exercises; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do, as young people are too apt to think.

Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.

Sublime is the dominion of the mind over the body, that for a time can make flesh and nerve impregnable, and string the sinews like steel, so that the weak become so mighty.


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