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Irresolution on the schemes of life I which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest causes of all unhappiness.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
I come from a State that raises corn and cotton and cock-leburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.
The life of a writer is tragic: the more we advance, the farther there is to go and the more there is to say, the less time there is to say it.
I know lots more old drunks than old doctors.
I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life anytime he is prepared and ready to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within.
When you find yourself overpowered, as it were, by melancholy, the best way is to go out and do something.
Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.
I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken - and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.
Austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the least of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time.
The philosopher is Nature's pilot - and there you have our difference; to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
A true friend is the best possession.
The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they're right if you love to be with them all of the time.
Fire tries gold, misery tries brave men.
You know what they call the guy who finishes last in medical school? They call him Doctor!
They gave each other a smile with a future in it.
Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it.
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
Heat, madam! It was so dreadful that I found there was nothing for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.
Kill reverence and you've killed the hero in man.


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