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"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."

"When ideas fail, words come in very handy."

"Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game."

"The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation."

"It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it."

"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen."

"An unused life is an early death."

"It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself."

"There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior."

"We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves."

"All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again."

"He who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without."

"Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him."

"We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us."

"The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing."

"Sowing is not as difficult as reaping."

"The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves."

"Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one's self to the absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea."

"The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency."

"Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals."

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