The overweening self-respect of conceited men relieves others from the duty of respecting them at all.
Any man can work when every stroke of his hands brings down the fruit rattling from the tree but to labor in season and out of season, under every discouragement... that requires a heroism which is transcendent.
Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.
To the covetous man life is a nightmare, and God lets him wrestle with it as best he may.
Money is the seed of money, and the first guinea is sometimes more difficult to acquire than the second million
It is often said it is no matter what a man believes if he is only sincere. This is true of all minor truths, and false of all truths whose nature it is to fashion a man's life. It will make no difference in a man's harvest whether he thinks turnips have more saccharine matter than potatoes--whether corn is better than wheat. But let the man sincerely believe that seed planted without ploughing is as good as with, that January is as favorable for seed sowing as April, and that cockle seed will produce as good a harvest as wheat, and will it make no difference?
We are not to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel, for God made them fast friends. A man may aspire, and yet be quite content until it is time to raise; and both flying and resting are but parts of one contentment.
A man without ambition is worse than dough that has no yeast in it to raise it.
A man without ambition is like a beautiful worm--it can creep, but it cannot fly.
An ambition which has conscience in it will always be a laborious and faithful engineer, and will build the road, and bridge the chasms between itself and eminent success by the most faithful and minute performances of duty.
The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor; and no man can tell what becomes of his influence.
Many men are mere warehouses full of merchandise--the head, the heart, are stuffed with goods. . . . There are apartments in their souls which were once tenanted by taste, and love, and joy, and worship, but they are all deserted now, and the rooms a.
Love, like a lamp, needs to be fed out of another's heart, or its flame burns low.
People may talk about the equality of the sexes! They are not equal. The silent smile of a sensible, loving woman will vanquish ten men.
Woman began at zero, and has through ages slowly unfolded and risen. Each age has protested against growth as unsexing woman.
Do not be afraid of defeat.You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. Do not then be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
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