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Man, an animal that makes bargains. ...
by A. C. Benson

Man, an animal that makes bargains.
- A. C. Benson

One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background,
and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
- A. C. Benson

Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
- A. C. Benson

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices;
so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
- A. C. Benson

 

I read the newspaper avidly.
It is my one form of continuous fiction.
- A. C. Benson

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world,
a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.
- A. C. Benson

The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes,
but its fears.
- A. C. Benson

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When you get to my age life seems little more than
one long march to and from the lavatory.
- A. C. Benson

A well begun is half ended.
- A. C. Benson

People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.
- A. C. Benson

All the best stories are but one story in reality -
the story of escape.
It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times,
how to escape.
- A. C. Benson

Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do.
In fact, that's good taste.
- A. C. Benson

I am sure it is one's duty as a teacher to try to show boys that no opinions,
no tastes, no emotions are worth much unless they are one's own.
I suffered acutely as a boy from the lack of being shown this.
- A. C. Benson

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

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

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be,
at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Money has never made man happy, nor will it,
there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness.
The more of it one has the more one wants.
- Benjamin Franklin

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys
the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

The more a man can forget, the greater the number
of metamorphoses which his life can undergo,
the more he can remember, the more divine his life becomes.
- Soren Kierkegaard

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
- Naguib Mahfouz

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live
that his happiness shall depend
as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
- Yiddish Proverb

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
- Chinese proverb

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
- Confucius

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot teach a man anything;
you can only help him find it within himself.
- Galileo Galilei

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.
- Seneca

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man can... make a better mousetrap,
the world will make a beaten path to his door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

If a man does not know what port he is steering for,
no wind is favorable to him.
- Seneca

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs


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