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"The Amen of nature is always a flower." Make picture quote!
"Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth." Make picture quote!
"Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor." Make picture quote!
"Simple people... are very quick to see the live facts which are going on about them." Make picture quote!
"Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good." Make picture quote!
"Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall." Make picture quote!
"Stillness of person and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding." Make picture quote!
"Stupidity often saves a man from going mad." Make picture quote!
"The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books." Make picture quote!
"People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be 'consistent'." Make picture quote!
"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving." Make picture quote!
"The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live." Make picture quote!
"The man who is always worrying about whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn." Make picture quote!
"It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God." Make picture quote!
"Every calling is great when greatly pursued." Make picture quote!
"I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived." Make picture quote!
"Every idea is an incitement... Eloquence may set fire to reason." Make picture quote!
"Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise." Make picture quote!
"Memory is a net: one that finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook, but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking." Make picture quote!
"Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned." Make picture quote!
"Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow." Make picture quote!
"Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum." Make picture quote!
"Love prefers twilight to daylight." Make picture quote!
"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprung up." Make picture quote!
"Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust." Make picture quote!
"Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel." Make picture quote!
"Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children." Make picture quote!
"Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing." Make picture quote!
"Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable." Make picture quote!
"Old age is fifteen years older than I am." Make picture quote!
"One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." Make picture quote!
"Our brains are seventy-year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand of the Angel of the Resurrection." Make picture quote!
"Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out." Make picture quote!
"He has half the deed done who has made a beginning." Make picture quote!
"Don't be consistent but be simple true." Make picture quote!
"Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become." Make picture quote!
"Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end." Make picture quote!
"Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked." Make picture quote!
"If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate." Make picture quote!
"Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant." Make picture quote!
"It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living." Make picture quote!
"If I were dying my last words would be: Have faith and pursue the unknown end." Make picture quote!
"Have the courage to act instead of react." Make picture quote!
"Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool." Make picture quote!
"Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us." Make picture quote!
"Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air." Make picture quote!
"Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads." Make picture quote!
"I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap." Make picture quote!
"I won't accept anything less than the best a player's capable of doing... and he has the right to expect the best that I can do for him and the team!" Make picture quote!
"A person is always startled when he hears himself called old for the first time." Make picture quote!
"I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions - adding that no general proposition is worth a damn." Make picture quote!
"Controversy equalizes fools and wise men - and the fools know it." Make picture quote!
"A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!" Make picture quote!
"A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend." Make picture quote!
"A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened." Make picture quote!
"A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve." Make picture quote!
"It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen." Make picture quote!
"Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other." Make picture quote!
"Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else." Make picture quote!
"A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide." Make picture quote!
"A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times." Make picture quote!
"Apology is only egotism wrong side out." Make picture quote!
"Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force." Make picture quote!
"Beware how you take away hope from another human being." Make picture quote!
"But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold." Make picture quote!
"Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse. One comfort we have - Cincinnati sounds worse." Make picture quote!
"A new untruth is better than an old truth." Make picture quote!
"The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer." Make picture quote!
"The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size." Make picture quote!
"The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort." Make picture quote!
"The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think." Make picture quote!
"Why can't somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, and another list of things that everybody says and nobody thinks." Make picture quote!
"Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend." Make picture quote!
"The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms." Make picture quote!
"Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future." Make picture quote!
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." Make picture quote!
"When in doubt, do it." Make picture quote!
"We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing." Make picture quote!
"Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light." Make picture quote!
"Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening." Make picture quote!
"To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old." Make picture quote!
"To be civilized is to be potentially master of all possible ideas, and that means that one has got beyond being shocked, although one preserves one's own moral aesthetic preferences." Make picture quote!
"Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing." Make picture quote!
"This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice." Make picture quote!
"The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions." Make picture quote!
"The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men." Make picture quote!
"The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius." Make picture quote!
"To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor." Make picture quote!
"As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived." Make picture quote!
"Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for someth" Make picture quote!
"It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames... We all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us. Perhaps we have cotenants in this house we live in." Make picture quote!
"It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen." Make picture quote!
"Life is action and passion therefore, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived." Make picture quote!
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." Make picture quote!
"The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books." Make picture quote!
"The best part of our knowledge is that which teaches us where knowledge leaves off and ignorance begins." Make picture quote!
"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in which direction we are moving." Make picture quote!
"When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman. For talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in a woman" Make picture quote!




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