As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Several years before birth, advertise for a couple of parents belonging to long-lived families.
The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.
Age, like distance lends a double charm.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time.
Good Americans when they die, go to Paris.
Stillness and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or at least must always work their limbs and features.
Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
Beauty is the index of a larger fact than wisdom.
The most foolish kind of a book is a kind of leaky boat on the sea of wisdom; some of the wisdom will get in anyhow.
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