Treasure the memories of past misfortunes; they constitute our bank of fortitude.
Knowledge dwells in heads replete with thoughts of other men; wisdom, in minds attentive to their own.
If deeply based in wisdom, even anger is allowed.
Experience isn’t interesting until it begins to repeat itself—in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.
Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.
—D. H. Lawrence
We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world, so let us, cautious in diction and mighty in contradiction, love powerfully.
Happiness lies, first of all, in health.
—George William Curtis
Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
Skepticism becomes the mark and even the pose of the educated mind. It is no longer directed against this and that article of the older creeds but is rather a bias against any kind of far-reaching ideas, and a denial of systematic participation on the part of such ideas in the intelligent direction of affairs.
The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
—Robert Louis Stevenson
Image is what people think we are; integrity is what we really are.
—John C. Maxwell
We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
For you and me, today is all we have; tomorrow is a mirage that may never become reality.
Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.
What is man but his passion?
—Robert Penn Warren
Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself.