William Shakespeare: To thine own self be true

William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any man. –William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist (1564-1616).

Mark Twain: Truth and fiction

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Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.

Mark Twain

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Persecution and not…

 

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Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. –Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882).

 

 

Ambrose Bierce: Love

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Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage. –Ambrose Bierce, author and editor (1842-1914)

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Excess wisdom

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thomas Paine: Harder the conflict

Thomas Paine, Engraving

Thomas Paine, Engraving (Photo credit: Marion Doss)

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
Thomas Paine.

Preparedness

Ovid by Anton von Werner. "Bibliothek des...

Ovid by Anton von Werner. "Bibliothek des allgemeinen und praktischen Wissens. Bd. 5" (1905), Abriß der Weltliteratur, Seite 51 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“He who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow.”
Ovid

Leo Tolstoy: Strange illusion

portrait of Leo Tolstoy

portrait of Leo Tolstoy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness. –Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910).

Edgar Allan Poe: Nasal mob

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1848 Daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe at 39, a year before his death (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led. ”
Edgar Allan Poe

Leo Tolstoy: Truth

Leo Tolstoy 1848

Leo Tolstoy 1848 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. –Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910).

Zora Neale Hurston: Envious heart, treacherous ear

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“An envious heart makes a treacherous ear.”
Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God

Mark Twain: Faith

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“Your faith is what you believe, not what you know. ”
—Mark Twain

Moral certainty

H. L. Mencken, satirist, social critic, cynic,...

H. L. Mencken, satirist, social critic, cynic, freethinker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.” –H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956)

Ralph Waldo Emerson: How and why

Ralph Waldo Emerson, ca. 1857

Ralph Waldo Emerson, ca. 1857 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

—Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Better mousetrap

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Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

William Shakespeare: Faces

William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare: To Thine Own Self Be True

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This above all to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.” –

Shakespeare: Hamlet I.iii.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Live now

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“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mistakes

Oscar Wilde at Oxford

Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

George Eliot: Moral progress

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“My own experience and development deepen every day my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.”

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist (1819-1880).