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A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

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A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

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A good indignation brings out all one's powers.

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A great man is always willing to be little.

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A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.

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A man in debt is so far a slave.

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A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.

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A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.

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A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace.

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A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts.

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A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.

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A man is what he thinks about all day long.

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A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.

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A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.

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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

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All diseases run into one, old age.

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All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.

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All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

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All mankind love a lover.

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Always do what you are afraid to do.

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America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.

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America is another name for opportunity.

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An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

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As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.

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As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.

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As soon as there is life there is danger.

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As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.

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Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

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Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.

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Beauty without expression is boring.

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Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

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Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.

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Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.

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Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?

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Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.

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Character is always known. Thefts never enrich; alms never impoverish; murder will speak out of stone walls.

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Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

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Children are all foreigners.

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Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

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Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.

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Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

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Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.

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Doing well is the result of doing good. That's what capitalism is all about.

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Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.

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Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.

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Earth laughs in flowers.

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Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.

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A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.

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