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  1. One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.
       -- Sidney Howard

  2. No sacrifice short of individual liberty, individual self-respect, and individual enterprise is too great a price to pay for permanent peace.
       -- Clark H. Minor

  3. They never fail who die in a great cause.
       -- Lord Byron

  4. We can offer up much in the large, but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are seldom equal to.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  5. Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  6. The mice which helplessly find themselves between the cats' teeth acquire no merit from their enforced sacrifice.
       -- Mahatma Gandhi

  7. In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
       -- Henry Ward Beecher


  8. In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  9. It is better to be safe than sorry.
       -- American Proverb

  10. He that's secure is not safe.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  11. The trodden path is the safest.
       -- Legal Maxim

  12. Let the people know the truth and the country is safe.
       -- Abraham Lincoln

  13. A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
       -- John A. Shedd


  14. Sarcasm is the language of the devil, for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  15. A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
       -- James Russell Lowell

  16. Blows are sarcasms turned stupid.
       -- George Eliot

  17. Edged tools are dangerous things to handle, and not infrequently do much hurt.
       -- Agnes Repplier

  18. It is as hard to satirize well a man of distinguished vices, as to praise well a man of distinguished virtues.
       -- Jonathan Swift

  19. To "leave a sting within a brother's heart."
       -- Edward Young


  20. Everybody says it, and what everybody says must be true.
       -- James Fenimore Cooper

  21. Scandal dies sooner of itself, than we could kill it.
       -- Benjamin Rush

  22. Scandal is what one half of the world takes pleasure inventing, and the other half in believing.
       -- Paul Chatfield

  23. The objection of the scandalmonger is not that she tells of racy doings, but that she pretends to be indignant about them.
       -- H. L. Mencken

  24. How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true.
       -- Logan P. Smith

  25. Her mouth is a honey-blossom,
      No doubt, as the poet sings;
    But within her lips, the petals,
      Lurks a cruel bee that stings.
       -- William D. Howells

  26. Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.
       -- Josh Billings

  27. Scandal: gossip made tedious by morality.
       -- Oscar Wilde

  28. There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly becomes any one of us to talk about the rest of us.
       -- Anon.

  29. Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.
       -- Saki


  30. It will free man from his remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet. It will open to him the gates of heaven.
       -- Wernher Von Braun

  31. A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
       -- Max Planck

  32. Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
       -- Bertrand Russell

  33. Science is nothing but perception.
       -- Plato

  34. Science is simply common sense at its best--that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.
       -- Thomas Huxley

  35. The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
       -- Edward Teller

  36. Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
       -- John Dewey

  37. It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man's insecurity before himself and before nature.
       -- Albert Einstein


  38. Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  39. Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.
       -- Johann Kaspar Lavater

  40. To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  41. Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.
       -- Samuel Johnson

  42. I usually get my stuff from people who promised somebody else that they would keep it a secret.
       -- Walter Winchell

  43. Never tell a secret to a bride or a groom; wait until they have been married longer.
       -- Ed Howe

  44. Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us.
       -- Elbert Hubbard

  45. He who trusts secrets to a servant makes him his master.
       -- John Dryden


  46. In no direction that we turn do we find ease or comfort. If we are honest and if we have the will to win we find only danger, hard work and iron resolution.
       -- Wendell L. Willkie

  47. Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.
       -- James F. Byrnes

  48. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
       -- Helen Keller

  49. Security is the priceless product of freedom. Only the strong can be secure, and only in freedom can men produce those material resources which can secure them from want at home and against aggression from abroad.
       -- B. E. Hutchinson

  50. It's an old adage that the way to be safe is never to be secure ... Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.
       -- Harold W. Dodds

  51. Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, though the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.
       -- William Congreve

  52. Happiness has many roots, but none more important than security.
       -- E. R. Stettinius, Jr.


  53. They can conquer who believe they can.
       -- Vergil

  54. No man is such a conquerer as the man who has defeated himself.
       -- Henry Ward Beecher

  55. Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.
       -- Stewart E. White

  56. Calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.
       -- Channing Pollock

  57. The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.
       -- Mahatma Gandhi


  58. Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.
       -- Mahatma Gandhi

  59. Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.
       -- James Russell Lowell

  60. Prudent, cautious self-control
    Is wisdom's root.
       -- Robert Burns

  61. The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.
       -- Josh Billings

  62. It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.
       -- James Russell Lowell


  63. The improvement of our way of life is more important than the spreading of it. If we make it satisfactory enough, it will spread automatically. If we do not, no strength of arms can permanently oppose it.
       -- Charles A. Lindbergh

  64. People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.
       -- Oliver Goldsmith

  65. There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself.
       -- Andrew Carnegie

  66. All of us, who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.
       -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

  67. I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it in to existence or clearing the way for it.
       -- George Bernard Shaw


  68. Other men's sins are before our eyes; our own are behind our backs.
       -- Seneca

  69. Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he
    Who finds himself, loses his misery.
       -- Matthew Arnold

  70. We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
       -- William Shakespeare

  71. He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.
       -- Charles Caleb Colton

  72. To understand one's self is the classic form of consolation; to delude one's self is the romantic.
       -- George Santayana

  73. It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient.
       -- Josh Billings

  74. Trust not yourself, but your defects to know,
    Make use of every friend and every foe.
       -- Alexander Pope


  75. Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.
       -- Theodore Parker

  76. This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man.
       -- William Shakespeare

  77. He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
       -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  78. No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
       -- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

  79. It is necessary to the happiness of a man that he be mentally faithful to himself.
       -- Thomas Paine


  80. How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization!
       -- Eric Hoffer

  81. Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.
       -- Alexander Pope

  82. For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice--no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.
       -- John Burroughs

  83. Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
       -- Walt Whitman

  84. Self-sacrifice is never entirely unselfish, for the giver never fails to receive.
       -- Dolores E. McGuire

  85. The men and women who have the right ideals ... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.
       -- Theodore Roosevelt

  86. Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grow.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  87. Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
       -- George Bernard Shaw

  88. Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation.
       -- Margaret Deland


  89. He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.
       -- Tertullian

  90. Next to the very young, the very old are the most selfish.
       -- William Makepeace Thackeray

  91. Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race.
       -- William E. Gladstone

  92. That man who lives for self alone,
    Lives for the meanest mortal known.
       -- Joaquin Miller

  93. The man who lives by himself and for himself is likely to be corrupted by the company he keeps.
       -- Charles H. Parkhurst


  94. I have never known a man who was sensual in his youth, who was high-minded when old.
       -- Charles Sumner

  95. If sensuality were happiness, beasts were happier than men; but human felicity is lodged in the soul, not in the flesh.
       -- Seneca

  96. Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction.
       -- Jonathan Swift

  97. Sensual pleasures are like soap bubbles, sparkling, effervescent. The pleasures of intellect are calm, beautiful, sublime, ever enduring and climbing upward to the borders of the unseen world.
       -- John H. Aughey

  98. The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.
       -- Christian Nestell Bovee


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