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    Memory

  1. Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.
       -- Jean Paul Richter

  2. A retentive memory is a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
       -- Elbert Hubbard

  3. Unless we remember we cannot understand.
       -- Edward M. Forster

  4. Memory is the cabinet of imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience, and the council chamber
  5. of thought.
       -- Saint Basil

  6. Many a man fails to become a thinker only because his memory is too good.
       -- Nietzsche

  7. Every man's memory is his private literature.
       -- Aldous Huxley

  8. If you have to keep reminding yourself of a thing, perhaps it isn't so.
       -- Christopher Morley

  9. Experience teaches that a strong memory is generally joined to a weak judgment.
       -- Michel de Montaigne

  10. A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.
       -- George Herbert

  11. The leaves of memory seemed to make A mournful rustling in the dark.
       -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


    Mercy

  12. Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.
       -- William Shakespeare

  13. Mercy among the virtues is like the moon among the stars ... It is the light that hovers above the judgment seat.
       -- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

  14. Hate shuts her soul when dove-eyed mercy pleads.
       -- Charles Sprague

  15. Teach me to feel another's woe,
       To hide the fault I see:
    That mercy I to others show,
      That mercy show to me
       -- Alexander Pope

  16. The quality of mercy is not strain'd;
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
    It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
       -- William Shakespeare


    Merit

  17. Nature makes merit, and fortune puts it to work.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld

  18. Contemporaries appreciate the man rather than his merit; posterity will regard the merit rather than the man.
       -- Charles Caleb Colton

  19. It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  20. There's a proud modesty in merit; averse from asking, and resolved to pay ten times the gifts it asks.
       -- John Dryden

  21. The world rewards the appearance of merit oftener than merit itself.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld

  22. If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.
       -- Oriental Proverb

    Mind

  23. Few minds wear out; more rust out.
       -- Christian Nestell Bovee

  24. I have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.
       -- Mark Twain

  25. The mind does not create what it perceives, any more than the eye creates the rose.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  26. The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests.
       -- Albert Jay Nock

  27. Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums, who can't, and those in cemeteries.
       -- Everett M. Dirksen

  28. Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
       -- John Quincy Adams

  29. Some men are like pyramids, which are very broad where they touch the ground, but grow narrow as they reach the sky.
       -- Henry Ward Beecher

  30. The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse as we grow old.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld

  31. I not only use all the brains I have, but all that I can borrow.
       -- Woodrow Wilson

  32. Commonplace minds usually condemn what is beyond the reach of their understanding.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld


    Minority

  33. Minorities are the stars of the firmament; majorities, the darkness in which they float.
       -- Martin H. Fischer

  34. The smallest number, with God and truth on their side, are weightier than thousands.
       -- Charles Simmons

  35. The minority of a country is never known to agree, except in its efforts to reduce and oppress the majority.
       -- James Fenimore Cooper

  36. All history is a record of the power of minorities, and of minorities of one.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  37. The political machine works because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.
       -- Will Durant

  38. If a man is in a minority of one, we lock him up.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  39. That cause is strong which has not a multitude, but one strong man behind it.
       -- James Russell Lowell

  40. Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  41. The only tyrannies from which men, women and children are suffering in real life are the tyrannies of minorities.
       -- Theodore Roosevelt


    Miracles

  42. In those parts of the world where learning and science has prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue.
       -- Ethan Allen

  43. All the biblical miracles will at last disappear with the progress of science.
       -- Matthew Arnold

  44. Miracles happen to those who believe in them. Otherwise why does not the Virgin Mary appear to Lamaists, Mohammedans, or Hindus who have never heard of her?
       -- Bernard Berenson

  45. The world presents enough problems if you believe it to be a world of law and order; do not add to them by believing it to be a world of miracles.
       -- Louis D. Brandeis

  46. As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
       -- Voltaire

  47. "God works in many ways His wonders to perform." But He's not a skillful mechanic. A man drived over a cliff and "by a miracle" he only breaks his back. It would be more divine if he were a better driver and stayed on the road.
       -- Paul Goodman

  48. Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.
       -- William Shakespeare

  49. Most people would rather die than think: many do.
       -- Bertrand Russell


    Miser

  50. The miser is as much in want of that which he has, as of that which he has not.
       -- Publilius Syrus

  51. The miser, starving his brother's body, starves also his own soul, and at death shall creep out of his great estate of injustice, poor and naked and miserable.
       -- Theodore Parker

  52. The happiest miser on earth is the man who saves up every friend he can make.
       -- Robert Emmet Sherwood

  53. A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.
       -- William Shenstone

  54. The devil lies brooding in the miser's chest.
       -- Thomas Fuller

  55. Through life's dark road his sordid way he wends; an incarnation of fat dividends.
       -- Charles Sprague

  56. Misers mistake gold for good, whereas it is only a means of obtaining it.
       -- François de La Rochefoucauld


    Misery

  57. There is no greater grief than to remember days of joy when misery is at hand.
       -- Dante

  58. Threescore years and ten is enough; if a man can't suffer all the misery he wants in that time, he must be numb.
       -- Josh Billings

  59. Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate.
       -- Addison Mizner

  60. Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.
       -- Jacopo Sannazaro

  61. There are a good many real miseries in life that we cannot help smiling at, but they are the smiles that make wrinkles and not dimples.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  62. He that is down need fear no fall.
       -- John Bunyan

  63. If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
       -- Henry David Thoreau

  64. A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer
       -- Joseph Addison


    Mob

  65. It is proof of a bad cause when it is applauded by the mob.
       -- Seneca

  66. A mob is a group of persons with heads but no brains. Thomas Fuller
       -- Thomas Fuller

  67. The mob is the mother of tyrants.
       -- Diogenes

  68. The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  69. A mob is the scum that rises upmost when the nation boils.
       -- John Dryden

  70. The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.
       -- Edgar Allan Poe

  71. Every numerous assembly is a mob; everything there depends on instantaneous turns.
       -- Cardinal de Retz

  72. Get together a hundred or two men, however sensible they may be, and you are very likely to have a mob.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  73. A crowd always thinks with its sympathy, never with its reason.
       -- William Rounseville Alger

  74. Every man has a mob self and an individual self, in varying proportions.
       -- D. H. Lawrence

  75. A crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures.
       -- Francis Bacon

  76. You will never escape the will of the mob; about the best anyone has ever figured out how to do is herd them into voting booths.
       -- Barry Shein


    Moderation

  77. It is better to rise from life as from a banquet--neither thirsty nor drunken.
       -- Aristotle

  78. Moderation is a fatal thing: nothing succeeds like excess.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  79. To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.
       -- Blaise Pascal

  80. He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.
       -- Horace

  81. Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.
       -- Mark Twain

  82. Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
       -- Charles Caleb Colton

  83. The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
       -- Cicero

  84. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
       -- Thomas Paine


    Modesty

  85. With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
       -- Arthur Schopenhauer

  86. Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
       -- Joseph Addison

  87. There's a lot to be said for the fellow who doesn't say it himself.
       -- Maurice Switzer

  88. Modesty is the conscience of the body.
       -- Honoré de Balzac

  89. Modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
       -- Jonathan Swift

  90. Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
       -- Lord Chesterfield

  91. Modesty antedates clothes and will be resumed when clothes are no more. Modesty died when clothes were born. Modesty died when false modesty was born.
       -- Mark Twain

  92. False modesty is the refinement of vanity. It is a lie.
       -- Jean de La Bruyère

  93. It is easy for a somebody to be modest, but it is difficult to be modest when one is a nobody.
       -- Jules Renard


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