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Most anthologists... of quotations are like those who eat cherries... first picking the best ones and winding up by eating everything
Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said
An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half
Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them
He that borrows the aid of an equal understanding doubles his own; he that uses that of a superior elevates his own to the stature of that he contemplates
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations... The quotations, when engraved upon the memory, give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well
The most attractive sentences are not perhaps the wisest, but the surest and soundest
A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."