" 'The best thing for being sad,' replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, 'is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then---to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.' " T.H. White, The Once and Future King

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If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you. Winnie the Pooh

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. Charles Caleb Colton

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend. Albert Camus.

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.

Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life.

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. Mencius

Friends are God's way of taking care of us.

If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend. Stone Temple Pilots

I'll lean on you and you lean on me and we'll be okay. Dave Matthews Band

If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't jump with them, I'd be at the bottom to catch them

Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say.

We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere Tim McGraw

My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life. Lee Iacocca

Hold a true friend with both your hands. Nigerian Proverb

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. unknown

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Children need models more than they need critics. Joseph Joubert

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please--you can never have both. Ralph Waldo Emerson

No people is fully civilized where a distinction is made between stealing an office and stealing a purse. Theodore Roosevelt

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. Robert Louis Stevenson

Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any; but keep your doubts yourself, for I have enough of my own. Goethe

If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end. Arab proverb

If I tried to read, much less answer, all the criticisms made of me and all the attacks leveled against me, this office would have to be closed for all other business. I do the best I know how, the very best I can. I mean to keep on doing this, down to the very end. If the end brings me out all wrong, then ten angels swearing I had been right would make no difference. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me now will not amount to anything. Abraham Lincoln

Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life. Seneca

Manís capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but manís inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. Reinhold Niebuhr

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

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after the shower. Goethe

The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool. William McFee

What we gave, we have. What we spent, we had. What we left, we lost. Earl of Devonís epitaph

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. Confucius

Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is. William James

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a manís character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

It is useless to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. Jonathan Swift

Every reform was once a private opinion. Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I were reincarnated, Iíd want to come back a buzzard; nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him; he is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything. William Faulkner

Research is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

When a resolute man steps up to that great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find that the beard comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away timid adventurers. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. Thomas aí Kempis

Use what talents you possessóthe woods would very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time and yet remain lonesome. T. S. Eliot

Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward. Soren Kierkegaard

May happiness come on secret wings and surround you forever in the ways of beauty. Indian blessing

It takes a lot of thought and effort and downright determination to be agreeable. Ray D. Everson

Every successful revolution puts on in time the robes of the tyrant it has deposed. Barbara Tuchman

Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends good-bye. Ouida

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip, or worried to death by a frown on the right manís brow. Charlie Brower

In quiet places, reason abounds. Adlai Stevenson

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can. Sydney Smith

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. Seneca

A smile costs nothing but creates much. It enriches those who receive without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich they can get along without it and none so poor but both are richer for its benefits. It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business and is the countersign of friends. It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad and natureís best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, or stolen, for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody until it is given away. Nobody needs a smile so much as those who have none left to give. Anonymous

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property. Thomas Jefferson

Take rest; a field that has rested yields a bountiful crop. Ovid

Deceiving someone for his own good is a responsibility that should be shouldered only by the gods. Henry S. Haskins

In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Eventually it comes to you; the thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. Lorraine Hansberry

Tell me what you are busy about, and I will tell you what you are. Goethe

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become. Louis Pasteur

He approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right. Cato

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it. James Russell Lowell

Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

If one man calleth thee a donkey, pay him no mind. If two men calleth thee a donkey, get thee a saddle. Yiddish proverb

Justifying a fault doubles it. French proverb

Great joys, like griefs, are silent. Shackerley Marmion

As long as I have a want, I have reason for living. Satisfaction is death. Bernard Shaw

There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference. Juan Montalvo

Peace comes not from the absence of conflict in life but from the ability to cope with it. Anonymous

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice. Confucius

I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis on the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement. Calvin Coolidge

To know things as they are is better than to believe things as they seem. Tom Wicker

Poise: The ability to be ill at ease inconspicuously. Earl Wilson

What a father says to his children is not heard by the world; but it will be heard by posterity. Jean Paul Richter

The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but did you bring in the ship. Anonymous

He is a fool who cannot be angry; but he is a wise man who will not. English proverb

He gives twice who gives quickly. Roman proverb

A great deal of good can be done in the world if one is not too careful who gets the credit. Jesuit motto

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi

An empty stomach is the worst political advisor in the world, but the stomach is acting as secretary of state for half of the population of the golbe today. Sydney J. Harris

There is no more terrible sight than ignorance in action. Goethe

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

If there is no wind, row. Polish proverb

A lecture is the process by which the notes of the professor become the notes of the student, without passing through the minds of either. Anonymous

The real destroyer of any people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations, and largesse. Plutarch

Life is tons of discipline. Robert Frost

It is easier to build a boy than mend a man. Anonymous

Manís mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Money may buy the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food but not appetite, medicine but not health, acquaintances but not friends, servants but not faithfulness, days of joy but not peace or happiness. Henrik Ibsen

No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the misfortune is to do it solemnly. Montaigne

One can give a really unbiased opinion only about things that do not interest one. Oscar Wilde

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana