It is better to have friends in our passage through life than grateful dependants ; and as love is a more willing, so it is a more lasting tribute than extorted obligation. Goldsmith.


You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
Rev. William John Henry Boetcker

In faith everything depends on " that ” you believe ; in knowledge everything depends on "what " you know, as well as how much and how well. Goethe.


Independence you had better cease to talk of, for you are dependent not only on every act of people whom you never heard of, who are living round you, but on every past act of what has been dust for a thousand years. Ruskin.

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One wanders to the left, another to the right ; both are equally in error, but are seduced by different delusions. Horace.


" One who is unrestrained in life – delusion overcomes; as the wind a weak tree." Buddha

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Handling criticism: if it’s untrue, disregard it. If it’s unfair, keep from irritation. If it’s ignorant, smile. If it’s justified, learn from it.

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If you criticise a fine genius, the odds are that you are out of your reckoning, and instead of the poet, are censuring your own caricature of him.  Emerson

Birds of prey do not flock together. Port. Prince.


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

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Mutual accommodation is the law of the world, or its inhabitants would all be wretched together. Mrs. Catty


When the right hand washes the left hand and the left hand washes the right hand, both hands become clean.

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Crescentem sequitur cura pecuniam, Major- unique fames — Care accompanies increasing wealth, and a craving for still greater riches. Horace.


Our nature is inseparable from desires, and the very word "desire" (the craving for something not possessed) implies that our present felicity is not complete. Hobbes.

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He who forgives ends the argument. African


In any controversy, the instant we feel angry we have already ceased striving for truth and begun striving for ourselves. Goethe.

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A bad compromise is better than a good battle. Russian



Affirmative. Money is fine. It pass book sense. Negative. Book sense is fine. It pass money.

Affirmative. Money is fine and I live to go and find my money. Negative. Book sense is fine and pass the money; that is why I go and find book sense. Because book sense is property for the prophets. Money be property for Pharaoh in this world.

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