philosophy

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Don't have an idol. Look up to no one. Because if someone is leading the way, the best you'll ever be is second.

Don't have an idol. Look up to no one. Because if someone is leading the way, the best you'll ever be is second.

Happiness is as a butterfly

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Most people are other people

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals;
love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
-- Goldsmith, in The Good-Natured Man, 1768

In friendship we see only the faults which can harm our friends.

In friendship we see only the faults which can harm our friends. In love we see in the beloved only those faults which we ourselves shall suffer. -- La Bruyere, in Les Caracteres

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
-- Richard Bach, _Illusions_ [1977]

The love of study, a passion which derives fresh vigor from enjoyment,

The love of study, a passion which derives fresh vigor from enjoyment, supplies each day and hour with a perpetual source of independent and rational pleasure. -- Gibbon (1737-1794)

Without ambition one starts nothing.

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
-- Emerson (1803-1882)

Character is the knowledge of the difference between right and wrong, combined with the will to act on that belief.

Character is the knowledge of the difference between right and wrong, combined with the will to act on that belief.

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the mood in which it has been made has passed.

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the mood in which it has been made has passed.
Delayed gratification is the mark of maturity.

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