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You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another.

To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.

The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence.

Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.

And be on they guard against the good and the just They would fain curcify those who devise their own virtue -- they hate the lonesome ones.

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.

What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer.

You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.

As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which he cannot apply will make no man wise.

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head.

Life is the only real counselor wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.

We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond.

If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.

Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.

When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.

We're a sentimental people. We like a few kind words better than millions of dollars given in a humiliating way.