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  1. Calamity is man's true touchstone.
       -- Beaumont and Fletcher

  2. He who forsees calamities, suffers them twice over.
       -- Beilby Porteus

  3. Calamity is virtue's opportunity.
       -- Seneca

  4. Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves.
       -- William Davenant

  5. Calamity is the test of integrity.
       -- Samuel Richardson

  6. Calamities are of two kinds. Misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
       -- Ambrose Bierce

  7. It is only from the belief of the goodness and wisdom of a supreme being, that our calamities can be borne in the manner which becomes a man.
       -- Henry Mackenzie


  8. Gracious to all, to none subservient, Without offense he spoke the word he meant.
       -- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

  9. We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate.
       -- William James

  10. Frank and explicit--that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
       -- Benjamin Disraeli

  11. Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
       -- Arabian Proverb

  12. A "No" uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
       -- Mahatma Gandhi

  13. Candor is the brightest gem of criticism.
       -- Benjamin Disraeli

  14. Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind and of a good tone of breeding. It is a quality that belongs equally to the honest ;man and to the gentleman.
       -- James Fenimore Cooper

  15. Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.
       -- George MacDonald

  16. There is no wisdom like frankness.
       -- Benjamin Disraeli

  17. Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


  18. The dynamo of our economic system is self-interest which may range from mere petty greed to admirable types of self-expression.
       -- Felix Frankfurter

  19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
       -- Winston Churchill

  20. Capitalism and communism stand at opposite poles. Their essential difference is this: The communist, seeing the rich man and his ;fine home, says: "No man should have so much." The capitalist, seeing the same thing, says: "All men should have as much."
       -- --Phelps Adams

  21. The fundamental idea of modern capitalism is not the right of the individual to possess and enjoy what he has earned, but the ;thesis that the exercise of this right redounds to the general good.
       -- --Ralph Barton Perry

  22. Capital is that part of wealth which is devoted to obtaining further wealth.
       -- --Alfred Marshall


  23. Men are blind in their own cause.
       -- Neywood Broun

  24. We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
       -- William James

  25. No cause is helpless if it is just. Errors, no matter how popular, carry the seeds of their own destruction.
       -- John W. Scoville

  26. In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.
       -- --Julius Caesar

  27. Ours is an abiding faith in the cause of human freedom. We know it is God's cause.
       -- Thomas E. Dewey

  28. The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly ;for one.
       -- Wilhelm Stekel

  29. The little trouble in the world that is not due to love is due to friendship.
       -- Ed Howe

  30. Respectable men and women content with good and easy living are missing someof the most important things in life. Unless you give ;yourself to some great cause you haven't even begun to live.
       -- William P. Merrill

  31. The humblest citizen of all the land when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of Error.
       -- William Jennings Bryan

  32. Great causes and little men go ill together.
       -- Jawaharlal Nehru

  33. It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by ;degrees, the consequences will be the same.
       -- Thomas Paine

  34. If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.
       -- Wendell Phillips

  35. A bad cause will never be supported by bad means and bad men.
       -- Thomas Paine

  36. No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

  37. The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  38. It is only after an unknown number of unrecorded labors, after a host of noble hearts have succumbed in discouragement, convinced that ;their cause is lost; it is only then that cause triumphs.
       -- Guizot


    Hasten slowly.
       -- Augustus Caesar

  39. I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.
       -- Henry Ward Peecher

  40. The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
       -- Alfred Adler

  41. Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.
       -- Miguel de Cervantes

  42. Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.
       -- Euripides

  43. It is a good thing to learn caution from the misfortunes of others.
       -- Publilius Syrus

  44. Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
       -- Charles Hole


  45. It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of ;antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.
       -- Joseph Addison

  46. I find that the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
       -- Thomas Jefferson

  47. The censure of those who are opposed to us, is the highest commendation that can be given us.
       -- Seigneur de Saint-Evremond

  48. Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld

  49. He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius.
       -- William Gillmore Simms

  50. Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
       -- Jonathan Swift

  51. They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.
       -- William Penn

  52. The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.
       -- Demosthenes


  53. I am opposed to censorship. Censors are pretty sure fools. I have no confidence in the suppression of everyday facts.
       -- James Robinson

  54. Damn all expurgated books; the dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
       -- Walt Whitman

  55. Only the suppressed word is dangerous.
       -- Ludwig Börne

  56. Pontius Pilate was the first great censor, and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship.
       -- Ben Lindsay

  57. Every burned book enlightens the world.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  58. I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
       -- Thomas Jefferson

  59. He is always the severest censor of the merit of others who has the least worth of his own.
       -- Elias Lyman Maggon

  60. As long as I don't write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything.
       -- Beaumarchais

  61. Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself.
       -- Potter Stewart

  62. If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero.
       -- Voltaire

  63. The internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it.
       -- John Perry Barlow


  64. When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me.
       -- John Wesley

  65. To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it.
       -- Olin Miller

  66. In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain.
       -- Pliny the Elder

  67. Ah, what a dusty answer gets the soul when hot for certainties in this our life!
       -- George Meredith

  68. There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.
       -- Robert Burns

  69. If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.
       -- Francis Bacon

  70. Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.
       -- Friedrich Nietzsche

  71. There is nothing certain in a man's life but that he must lose it.
       -- Owen Meredith

  72. To be positive: to be mistaken at the top of one's voice.
       -- Ambrose Bierce


  73. There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that ;it is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place.
       -- Washington Irving

  74. When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.
       -- Lucius Cary, Viscount Falkland

  75. He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
       -- Harold Wilson

  76. Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.
       -- Elizabeth Clarke Dunn

  77. Never swap horses crossing a stream.
       -- American Proverb

  78. I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may ;consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life any time he is ready and prepared to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within.
       -- Preston Bradley

  79. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
       -- Leo Tolstoi

  80. Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
       -- Arthur Schopenhauer

  81. The problem is not whether business will survive in competition with business, but whether any business will survive at all in the ;face of social change.
       -- Laurence Joseph McGinley

  82. We emphasize that we believe in change because we were born of it, we have lived by it, we prospered and grew great by it. So the ;status quo has never been our god, and we ask no one else to bow down before it.
       -- Carl T. Rowan

  83. We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped.
       -- Lyman Lloyd Bryson

  84. Things do not change, we do.
       -- Henry David Thoreau

  85. The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
       -- Charles F. Kettering

  86. He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
       -- Francis Bacon

  87. Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  88. Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total ;of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
       -- Robert F. Kennedy

  89. There is nothing permanent except change.
       -- Heraclitus

  90. All change is not growth; all movement is not forward.
       -- Ellen Glasgow

  91. In a progressive country change is constant; ... change ... is inevitable.
       -- Benjamin Disraeli

  92. Weep not that the world changes -- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were a cause indeed to weep.
       -- William Cullen Bryant

  93. Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.
       -- Harry Emerson Fosdick

  94. Everything flows; nothing remains.
       -- Heraclitus


  95. Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  96. A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
       -- G. C. Lichtenberg

  97. Character is a victory, not a gift.
       -- Anonymous

  98. There is no such thing as a "self-made" man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, ;or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.
       -- George Matthew Adams

  99. Every man has three characters -- that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
       -- Alphonse Karr

  100. What you are thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  101. You must look into people, as well as at them.
       -- Lord Chesterfield

  102. Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstance, it would be nearer the mark to say that man is the architect of circumstance. It is character which builds an existence out of circumstance. From the same materials one man builds palaces, another hovels; one warehouses, another villas; bricks and mortar are mortar and bricks until the architect can make them something else.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  103. Character is what you are in the dark.
       -- Dwight Moody

  104. Let us not say, Every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, Every man is the architect of his own character.
       -- George Dana Boardman

  105. Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld

  106. Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
       -- Benjamin Disraeli

  107. The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and ;Independence.
       -- Edward Rickenbacker

  108. Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
       -- Henry Clay

  109. A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.
       -- Jean Paul Richter

  110. Character is not made in a crisis -- it is only exhibited.
       -- Robert Freeman

  111. Man's character is his fate.
       -- Heraclitus


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