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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
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I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
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Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
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When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.
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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
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Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
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When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
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My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
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Museums and art stores are also sources of pleasure and inspiration. Doubtless it will seem strange to many that the hand unaided by sight can feel action, sentiment, beauty in the cold marble; and yet it is true that I derive genuine pleasure from touching great works of art. As my finger tips trace line and curve, they discover the thought and emotion which the artist has portrayed.
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It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
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Knowledge is power. Rather, knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge -- broad, deep knowledge -- is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heartthrobs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.
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Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
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I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
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I have often been asked, Do not people bore you? I do not understand quite what that means. I suppose the calls of the stupid and curious, especially of newspaper reporters, are always inopportune. I also dislike people who try to talk down to my understanding. They are like people who when walking with you try to shorten their steps to suit yours; the hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating.
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As selfishness and complaint pervert and cloud the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
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No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
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God himself is not secure, having given man dominion over his work.
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Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
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Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
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We may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
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Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.
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I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
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The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
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There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
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Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.
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Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
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The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
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I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
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The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.
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Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
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One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
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The best way out is always through.
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We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
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I sometimes wonder if the hand is not more sensitive to the beauties of sculpture than the eye. I should think the wonderful rhythmical flow of lines and curves could be more subtly felt than seen. Be this as it may, I know that I can feel the heart-throbs of the ancient Greeks in their marble gods and goddesses.
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Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
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Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom.
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Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others
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It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.
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College isn't the place to go for ideas.
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