Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequence of any misfortune.
Be willing to have it so; acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
Men habitually use only a small part of the powers which they possess and which they might use under appropriate circumstances.
When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.
There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
Human beings are born into this little span of life of which the best thing is its friendships and intimacies ... and yet they leave their friendships and intimacies with no cultivation, to grow as they will by the roadside, expecting them to "keep" by force of mere inertia.
The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is non-interference with their own peculiar ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere with ours.
Most men's friendships are too inarticulate.
Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
With mere good intentions hell is proverbially paved.
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
The emotions are not always subject to reason ... but they are always subject to action. When thoughts do not neutralize an undesirable emotion, action will.
The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
The God of many men is little more than their court of appeal against the damnatory judgement passed on their failures by the opinion of the world.
Every time a resolve or fine glow of feeling evaporates without bearing fruit, it is worse than a chance lost; it works to hinder future emotions from taking the normal path of discharge.
Impulse without reason is not enough, and reason without impulse is a poor makeshift.
Life is one long struggle between conclusions based on abstract ways of conceiving cases, and opposite conclusions prompted by our instinctive perception of them.
The thinker philosophizes as the lover loves. Even were the consequences not only useless but harmful, he must obey his impulse.
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.