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It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and philosopher 1803-1882)

Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.

— Gertrude Stein 1874-1946)

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.

— Voltaire

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882), Society and Solitude, 1870

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

— Charles Caleb Colton, author and clergyman 1780-1832)

I don’t know who my grandfather was; I’m much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.

— Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865)

I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures, those who make it or those who don’t. I divide the world into learners and non-learners.

— Benjamin Barber

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.

— Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790)

In death the many become one; in life the one become many.

— Rabindranath Tagore 1861-1941)

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

— Helen Adams Keller 1880-1968)
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