December '95 Epigrams of the Day

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Everything is waiting and watching you to see what signal you hoist from within - you attract that which you desire to attract.

Men are valuable just in proportion as they are able and willing to work in harmony with other men. When a person loses his ability to co-operate with others, he has joined the Down-and-Out Club.

I expect to see the day when the conversational method will be supreme, and teaching will be done practically without books, by object lessons, thinking things out and doing things.

Success is voltage under control - keeping one hand on the transformer of your Kosmic Kilowatts.

Love is the third rail for Life's Empire State Express.

Verily, in the midst of life we are in debt.

Man gives little thought to his destination, so long as he can remain out of the reach of his pursuer.

Men do not lack strength; they lack the will to concentrate and act.

If we are ever damned it will not be because we have loved too much, but because we have loved too little.

Blessed is the man who has found his work.

Lovers are fools, but Nature makes them so.

Nature punishes for most sins, but sacrilege, heresy and blasphemy are not in her calendar, so man has to look after them.

Good people are only half as good, and bad people are only half as bad, as other people regard them.

I do not want anyone to "belong" to me. I would hold my friend only by the virtue that is in my own soul.

Every spirit makes its house, but as afterwards the house confines its spirit, you had better build well.

Reserve your best thoughts for the elect few.

Joyous are the busy, dissatisfied the idle.

Idleness is the only sin. A blacksmith singing at his forge, sparks a-flying, anvil ringing, the man materializing an idea - what is finer!

Knowledge is the distilled essence of our intuitions, corroborated by experience.

Abolish fear and you can accomplish whatever you wish.

No one knows the vanity of riches save he who has been rich; therefore, I would have every man rich, and I would give every youth a college education that he might know the insignificance of it.

It is opportunity that brings out the great man, but he only is great who prepares for the opportunity - who knows it will come - and who seizes upon it when it arrives.

It's getting so that it is harder to find a gentleman than a genius.

Art is not a thing: it is a way.

Good Philistines make a success of everything they attempt - it is the mental attitude that does it!

Love goes to those who are deserving - not to those who set snares for it and who lie in wait. The life of strife and contest never wins.

Love, we say, is life; but love without hope and faith is agonizing death.

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