To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life.
Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
So long as we love, we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
The world is full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
You could read Kant by yourself, if you wanted; but you must share a joke with some one else.
Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.
I consider the success of my day based on the seeds I sow, not the harvest I reap.
The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.
Lastly (and this is, perhaps, the golden rule), no woman should marry a man who does not smoke.
A friend is a gift you give yourself.
You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition; but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes, or staring when you were in a fit of laughter, would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
It is not for nothing, either, that the umbrella has become the very foremost badge of modern civilization-the Urim and Thummim of respectability. . . . So strongly do we feel on this point, indeed, that we are almost inclined to consider all who possess really well-conditioned umbrellas as worthy of the Franchise.
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
And this shall be for music when no one else is near,The fine song for singing, the rare song to hear!That only I remember, that only you admire,Of the broad road that stretches and the roadside fire.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.
Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.
When I say writing, O believe me, it is rewriting that I have chiefly in mind.
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
It takes hard writing to make easy reading.
Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.
It is one of the worst things of sentiment that the voice grows to be more important than the words, and the speaker than that what is spoken.
To be truly happy is a question of how we begin, and not how we end, of what we want and not what we have.
To love is the great amulet that makes this world a garden.
The fact is, we are much more afraid of life than our ancestors, and cannot find it inourhearts either tomarry or not tomarry.Marriage isterrifying, but so is a cold and forlorn old age.
Happiness, eternal or temporal, is not the reward that mankind seeks, Happinesses are but his wayside companions. His soul is in the journey and in the struggle.
Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.
Sir, with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.
We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
and he began to understand what a wild game we play in life; he began to understand that a thing once done cannot be undone nor changed by saying "I am sorry!
We must accept life for what it actually is - a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.