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The more difficult the obstacle, the stronger one becomes after hurdling it. One cannot find any rule of conduct to excel 'simplicity' and 'sincerity'. Only the best behavior is good enough for daily use in the home. One learns manners from those who have none. An admission of error is a sign of strength rather than a confession of weakness. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Character is property --- it is the noblest of possessions. Fortune does not change men. It only unmasks them. A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. He who has learned to disagree without being disagreeable has discovered the most valuable secret of a diplomat. Better to let them wonder why you didn't talk than why you did. It takes the whole of life to learn how to live. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out --- it's the grain of sand in your shoe. To be thrown upon one's resources is to be cast into the very lap of fortune. The fellow who worries about what people think of him wouldn't worry so much if he only knew how seldom they do. He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care. Solitude is the ante-chamber of God; only one step more and you will be in his immediate presence. A minute of thought is worth more than an hour of talk. To be content with little is difficult, to be content with much, impossible. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. Every man's work is a portrait of himself. Humdrum is not where you live; it's what you are. Joy is not in things, it is in us. Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself. One of the biggest thrills in life comes from doing a job well. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. Fear God and all other fears will disappear. The man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. Work is the best narcotic. Habit is man's best friend or his worst enemy. Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed. You shall judge a man by his foes as will as his friends. Except in occasional emergencies there is not much that one man can do for another other than to help him to help himself. The door to the human heart can be opened only from the inside. Conscience is God's presence in man. One reason why a dog is such a lovable creature is that his tail wags instead of his tongue. Friends are made by many acts --- and lost by only one. Politeness is a small price to pay for the good will and affection of others. Success in marriage is much more than finding the right person; it is a matter of being the right person. It is not he who has little, but he who wants more, who is poor. Quite often when a man thinks his mind is getting broader it is only his conscience stretching. Many might have attained wisdom had they not thought that they had already attained it. Every man I meet is in some way my superior; and in that I can learn from him. When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know it, to admit that you do not --- this is true knowledge. Everyone is ignorant --- only on different subjects. We see things not as they are, but as we are. Tolerance comes with age. I see no fault committed that I myself could not have committed at some time or other. The man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away. It is as hard for the good to suspect evil as it is for the bad to suspect good. The Devil has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all. It is only the fear of God that can deliver us from the fear of men. People believe what they want to believe despite all the evidence to the contrary. The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. There is only one person with whom you can profitably compare yourself, and this person is your yesterday self: You. Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything. The steam that blows the whistle can't be used to turn the wheels. Goodness is the only investment that never fails. Though another may have more money, beauty, brains than you; yet when it comes to the rarer spiritual values such as charity, self-sacrifice, honor, nobility of heart, you have an equal chance with everyone to be the most beloved and honored of all people. Christian character is not an inheritance; each individual must build it for himself. What you are in the sight of God, that you truly are. Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature. Be careful how you live; you may be the only Bible some people will ever read. Do right and leave the results with God. You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. If anyone speaks evil of you, so live that none will believe it. To do the right thing for the wrong reason is the greatest treason. To every man there opens a high way and a low and every man decides the way that he shall go. Character is a victory, not a gift. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Whatever creed be taught or land be trod, Man's conscience is the oracle of God. A living religion is a way of living. A man's reputation is only what men think him to be; his character is what God knows him to be. 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