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The ruling passion, be it what it will, The ruling passion conquers reason still.
You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.
American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
The only prison we need to escape from is the prison of our own minds.
Trouble is the thing that strong men grow by. Met in the right way, it is a sure-fire means of putting iron into the victim's will and making him a tougher man to down forever after.
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though it were his own.
He fights with spirit as well as with the sword.
Prayer covers the whole of man's life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or desire, however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, which, if it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay before God and be sure of sympathy. His nature is such that our often coming does not tire him. The whole burden of the whole life of every man may be rolled on to God and not weary him, though it has wearied the man.
We merely want to live in peace with all the world, to trade with them, to commune with them, to learn from their culture as they may learn from ours, so that the products of our toil may be used for our schools and our roads and our churches and not for guns and planes and tanks and ships of war.
He that is overcautious will accomplish little.
The problem is not that you cannot have what you think you want. The problem is that when you get what you think you want, it won't satisfy.
Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.
Men have become the tools of their tools.
What matters in Politics is what men actually do - sincerity is no excuse for acting unpolitically, and insincerity may be channelled by politics into good results.
I have never been able to understand why pigeon-shooting at Hurlingham should be refined and polite, while a rat-killing match in Whitechapel is low.
A question which can be answered without prejudice to the government is not a fit question to ask.
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; rebuke a wise man and he will love thee.
It is for the superfluous things of life that men sweat.


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