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The value the world sets upon motives is often grossly unjust and inaccurate
The impression forces itself upon one that men measure by false standards, that everyone seeks power, success, riches for himself, and admires others who attain them, while undervaluing the truly precious thing in life
Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run
You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it
As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him
True valor lies between cowardice and rashness
That which costs little is less valued
The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive
The rabble estimate few things according to their real value, most things according to their prejudices
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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."