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To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.

    Topics: Honesty

There are many things in which one and the other loses; but if it is essential to any transaction that only one side shall gain, the thing is not of God.

    Topics: Honesty

I could never draw the line between meanness and dishonesty. What is mean, so far as I can see, slides by indistinguishable gradations into what is dishonest.

    Topics: Honesty

One of the grandest things in having rights is, that though they are your rights you may give them up.

    Topics: Humility

Certainly work is not always required of a man. There is such a thing as a sacred idleness-the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.

    Topics: Idleness, Work, Idleness

A beast does not know that he is a beast, and the nearer a man gets to being a beast, the less he knows it.

    Topics: Ignorance

The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission.

    Topics: Kindness

It is not by driving away our brother that we can be alone with God.

    Topics: Kindness

Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.

    Topics: Life, Age

We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well.

    Topics: Life

You can't live on amusement. It is the froth on water - an inch deep and then the mud.

    Topics: Life

Alas! how easily things go wrong; a sigh too much or a kiss too long, and there follows a mist and a weeping rain, and life is never the same again.

    Topics: Life

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