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Quotable Quotes #11

Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. – William Shakespeare

To err is human; to forgive divine. – Alexander Pope

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. – Plato

The poetry of the earth is never dead. – John Keats

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body. – William Shakespeare

Scratching is one of nature’s sweetest gratifications, and the nearest at hand. – Michel de Montaigne, French essayist.

Don’t let schooling interfere with your education. – Mark Twain

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving! – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Character, in great and little things, means carrying through on what you feel able to do. – Johann Goethe

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies. – John Donne

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. – Buddha

Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends? – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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Quotable Quotes #5

To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way. – Plato

God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison, American inventor

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice. – William Shakespeare

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. – Omar Khayyam, Persian philosopher-poet

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something. – Plato

When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language. – John Donne

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination. – John Keats, English poet

He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. – John Dryden

A thought often makes us hotter than a fire. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I count life just a stuff to try the soul’s strength on. – Robert Browning, English poet

Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind. – Francis de la Rochefoucauld

A heart in love with beauty never grows old. – Turkish proverb

Light tomorrow with today! – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Be not afraid of greatness:

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. – William Shakespeare

Words are but pictures of our thoughts. – John Dryden, English poet

There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. – Plato

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. – Plato

Who is wise in love, love most, say least. – Alfred Lord Tennyson, English poet

A woman, especially, if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. – Jane Austen, English novelist

‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. – John Keats, English poet

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. – Mark Twain, American writer

Reason is our soul’s left hand, Faith her right. – John Donne, English poet

Quotable Quotes #3

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Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld, French writer

Adventure is not outside man; it is within. – George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), English novelist

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. – Johann Goethe, German poet

He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. – John Donne, English poet

Tomorrow do thy worst, I have lived today. – John Dryden, English poet

Brevity is the soul of wit. – William Shakespeare

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist

As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld, French writer

The sooner you treat your son as a man, the sooner he will be one. – John Dryden, English poet

Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days? – William Shakespeare

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. – Leonardo da Vinci

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward. – Ralph Waldo Emerson