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For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
America is a young country with an old mentality.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.
Sanity is madness put to good use.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.


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"All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato." Make picture quote!
"A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted." Make picture quote!
"A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world." Make picture quote!
"A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud." Make picture quote!
"Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better." Make picture quote!
"For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep." Make picture quote!
"Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit." Make picture quote!
"Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim." Make picture quote!
"Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them." Make picture quote!
"Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains about nothing to the end." Make picture quote!
"Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny." Make picture quote!
"Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men." Make picture quote!
"Depression is rage spread thin." Make picture quote!
"Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy." Make picture quote!
"Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character." Make picture quote!
"Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him." Make picture quote!
"Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine By which alone the mortal heart is led Unto the thinking of the thought divine." Make picture quote!
"By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all." Make picture quote!
"Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds." Make picture quote!
"A soul is but the last bubble of a long fermentation in the world." Make picture quote!
"Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth." Make picture quote!
"Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself." Make picture quote!
"Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors." Make picture quote!
"Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better." Make picture quote!
"Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others." Make picture quote!
"To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say." Make picture quote!
"Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited." Make picture quote!
"Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body." Make picture quote!
"Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it." Make picture quote!
"Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment." Make picture quote!
"When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different." Make picture quote!
"History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there." Make picture quote!
"Oaths are the fossils of piety." Make picture quote!
"We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible." Make picture quote!
"Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them." Make picture quote!
"To reform means to shatter one form and to create another; but the two sides of this act are not always equally intended nor equally successful." Make picture quote!
"To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography." Make picture quote!
"One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human." Make picture quote!
"Only the dead have seen the end of the war." Make picture quote!
"Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies." Make picture quote!
"My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests." Make picture quote!
"Wisdom comes by disillusionment." Make picture quote!
"It is possible to be a master in false philosophy, easier, in fact, than to be a master in the truth, because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases." Make picture quote!
"Music is essentially useless, as is life." Make picture quote!
"Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world." Make picture quote!
"Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions." Make picture quote!
"Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament." Make picture quote!
"Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome." Make picture quote!
"Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator." Make picture quote!
"Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace." Make picture quote!
"Knowledge is not eating, and we cannot expect to devour and possess what we mean. Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace." Make picture quote!
"Habit is stronger than reason." Make picture quote!
"It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands." Make picture quote!
"Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up." Make picture quote!
"It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig." Make picture quote!
"It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well." Make picture quote!
"It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to." Make picture quote!
"In Greece wise men speak and fools decide." Make picture quote!
"If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved." Make picture quote!
"I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty." Make picture quote!
"I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads." Make picture quote!
"It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness." Make picture quote!
"The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy." Make picture quote!
"Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality." Make picture quote!
"The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk." Make picture quote!
"The Soul is the voice of the body's interests." Make picture quote!
"The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication." Make picture quote!
"The tendency to gather and to breed philosophers in universities does not belong to ages of free and humane reflection: it is scholastic and proper to the Middle Ages and to Germany." Make picture quote!
"The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it." Make picture quote!
"The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings." Make picture quote!
"The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be." Make picture quote!
"The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age." Make picture quote!
"The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others." Make picture quote!
"There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far." Make picture quote!
"The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape." Make picture quote!
"There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval." Make picture quote!
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Make picture quote!
"To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired." Make picture quote!
"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring." Make picture quote!
"To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman." Make picture quote!
"To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood." Make picture quote!
"The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art." Make picture quote!
"The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool." Make picture quote!
"The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity." Make picture quote!
"Philosophers are very severe towards other philosophers because they expect too much." Make picture quote!
"Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end." Make picture quote!
"Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace." Make picture quote!
"Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily." Make picture quote!
"Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on." Make picture quote!
"That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject." Make picture quote!
"The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it." Make picture quote!
"The Bible is literature, not dogma." Make picture quote!
"The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character." Make picture quote!
"The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation." Make picture quote!
"Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots." Make picture quote!
"The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer." Make picture quote!
"The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it." Make picture quote!
"The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal." Make picture quote!
"The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism." Make picture quote!
"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." Make picture quote!
"The highest form of vanity is love of fame." Make picture quote!
"The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients." Make picture quote!
"The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise." Make picture quote!
"A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted." Make picture quote!
"Advertising is the modern substitute for argument its function is to make the worse appear the better." Make picture quote!
"Happiness is the only sanction of life where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment." Make picture quote!
"I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all" Make picture quote!
"In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality....The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral." Make picture quote!
"Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion." Make picture quote!
"Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand." Make picture quote!
"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In the first stage of life the mind is frivolous and easily distracted, it misses progress by failing in consecutiveness and persistence. This is the condition of children and barbarians, in which instinct has learned nothing from experience." Make picture quote!
"Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness." Make picture quote!
"The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular." Make picture quote!
"There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity." Make picture quote!




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