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When you are older you will understand how precious little things, seemingly of no value in themselves, can be loved and prized above all price when they convey the love and thoughtfulness of a good heart. Edwin Booth

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.  Leo Tolstoy

Hell, there are no rules here– we’re trying to accomplish something.   Edison

Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man. Fyodor Dostoevsky

He makes no friends who never made a foe. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less. Robert E. Lee

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Abraham Lincoln

Rations were scarcely issued, and the men about preparing supper, when rumors that the enemy had been encountered that day near Gettysburg absorbed every other interest, and very soon orders came to march forthwith to Gettysburg. Joshua Chamberlain

Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.   Wyatt Earp

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth. Jules Verne

Apathy is a sort of living oblivion. Horace Greeley

Bad as was being shot by some of our own troops in the battle of the Wilderness, – that was an honest mistake, one of the accidents of war, – being shot at, since the war, by many officers, was worse. James Longstreet

I think, with never-ending gratitude, that the young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned. Lucy Stone

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. Elizabeth Cady Stanton

They say I killed six or seven men for snoring. It ain’t true. I only killed one man for snoring. John Wesley Harding

After all, one knows one’s weak points so well, that it’s rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others. Edith Wharton

Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away. Clarence Darrow

Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all. Mark Twain

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself. Alfred Lord Tennyson

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. Robert Louis Stevenson

Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs. Robert Peel

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse. Florence Nightingale

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. Thomas Edison

Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret. Robert E. Lee

The power of noble deeds is to be preserved and passed on to the future. Joshua Chamberlain

I hope to live long enough to see my surviving comrades march side by side with the Union veterans along Pennsylvania Avenue, and then I will die happy. James Longstreet

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through. Jules Verne

Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character. Horace Greeley

There are many in this old world of ours who hold that things break about even for all of us. I have observed, for example, that we all get the same amount of ice. The rich get it in the summertime and the poor get it in the winter. Bat Masterson

In education, in marriage, in religion, in everything disappointment is the lot of women. It shall be the business of my life to deepen that disappointment in every woman’s heart until she bows down to it no longer. Lucy Stone

Ah, how steadily do they who are guilty shrink from reproof. Amelia Bloomer

The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others. Elisabeth Cady Stanton

“Hang ’em first, try ’em later.” Judge Roy Bean

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. Edgar Allan Poe

Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them. Leo Tolstoy

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all. Abraham Lincoln

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot. Horace Greeley

Never run a bluff with a six-gun. Bat Masterson

If a woman earned a dollar by scrubbing, her husband had a right to take the dollar and go and get drunk with it and beat her afterwards. It was his dollar. Lucy Stone

Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins. Mark Twain

Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty. Edward Degas

Perhaps I may yet die with my boots on. Wild Bill Hickok

There seem to me to be very few facts, at least ascertainable facts, in politics. Robert Peel

The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy. Robert E. Lee

Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old. Abraham Lincoln

But the cause for which we fought was higher; our thought wider… That thought was our power. Joshua Chamberlain

Why do men fight who were born to be brothers? James Longstreet

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. Abraham Lincoln

I like whiskey. I always did, and that is why I never drink it. Robert E. Lee

I have been up to see the Congress and they do not seem to be able to do anything except to eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving. Robert E. Lee

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

The promise not to do a think is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.  Mark Twain

If books are not good company, where will I find it? Mark Twain

She was not quite what you would call refined.  She was not quite what you would call unrefined.  She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot. Mark Twain

A classic–something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. Mark Twain


1 Comment

  1. Natalie says:

    Wow thanks for the great insperation

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