Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.
We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.
To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.
Men will die upon dogma but will not fall victim to a conclusion.
Growth is the only evidence of life.
Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.
It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.
If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.
A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom, any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.
It is often said that second thoughts are best. So they are in matters of judgment but not in matters of conscience.
Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.
The love of our private friends is the only preparatory exercise for the love of all men.
To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.
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