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To possess taste, one must have some soul. ...
by Marquis De Vauvenargues

To possess taste, one must have some soul.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

One promises much, to avoid giving little.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The things we know best are the things we haven't been taught.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

You are not born for fame if you don't know the value of time.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

 

Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength,
if you want to raise their character.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

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The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

We should expect the best and the worst of mankind,
as from the weather.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

There is nothing that fear and hope does not permit men to do.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

All grand thoughts come from the heart.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men
is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to
live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes
led to extraordinary success.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Men sometimes feel injured by praise because it assigns a limit to their merit;
few people are modest enough not to take offense that one appreciates them.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Those who can bear all can dare all.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Wicked people are always surprised to find ability in those that are good.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

If people did not compliment one another there would be little society.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Emotions have taught mankind to reason.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The art of pleasing is the art of deception.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

The idle always have a mind to do something.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Vice stirs up war, virtue fights.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Use what talents you possess.
The woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there,
except those that sang best.
- Henry Van Dyke

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

We must be ready to learn from one another,
not claiming that we alone possess all truth
and that somehow we have a corner on God.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The highest proof of the spirit is love.
Love is the eternal thing which men can already
on earth possess as it really is.
- Albert Schweitzer

Self-honor (self-respect) is in no way selfish.
Before I can give to others,
I must have something to give.
Only by first creating
my own self-esteem and happiness,
do I possess the resources to
contribute anything meaningful to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the owner of my choices.
I am the source for the perspectives I choose to hold...
regardless of how aware I am of why or how I come to possess
that particular perspective.
It takes courage to look into the mirror of our souls, absent excuses.
I will look into that mirror little bits at a time.
SEE and ACT. SEE what I can bear to see and ACT upon what I am able.
This is the heart of a gentle invitation to personal responsibility.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess,
and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.
- Josh Billings

We do not yet possess ourselves,
and we know at the same time
that we are much more.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good nature is worth more than knowledge,
more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
- Henry Ward Beecher

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
- John Cage

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess,
we act and think in vain,
and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
- Joseph Addison

We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess,
but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything,
let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it.
When that happens, a talent becomes a curse.
- Rod Serling

I couldn't live a week without a private library -
indeed,
I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep
on the floor before I'd let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.
- H. P. Lovecraft

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love:
the more they give,
the more they possess.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Materialist philosophies that treat human beings as
machines or animals possess the high ground in our culture -
academia,
the most powerful media and many of our courts.
- Marvin Olasky

Throughout human history, the apostles of purity,
those who have claimed to possess a total explanation,
have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.
- Salman Rushdie

While one party may possess the levers of power,
one party does not possess a monopoly on good ideas.
Good lawmaking, after all, is about the ability to
craft effective solutions.
- Bill Owens

Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.
- Morihei Ueshiba

History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches,
it does not fight battles.
It is men, real, living, who do all this.
- Karl Marx

Life only demands from you the strength that you possess.
Only one feat is possible; not to run away.
- Dag Hammarskjold

There is one quality which one must possess to win,
and that is definiteness of purpose,
the knowledge of what one wants,
and a burning desire to possess it.
- Napoleon Hill

Hope is the only good that is common to all men;
those who have nothing else possess hope still.
- Thales

He was one of those men who possess almost every gift,
except the gift of the power to use them.
- Charles Kingsley

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire,
but my heart is all my own.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If people have a basic understanding of right from wrong,
possess a strong desire to better themselves and persist in there cause,
they can break the chain of any negative environment.
- Dave Pelzer

The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to
get along with those who do not possess it.
- Voltaire

Knowledge is not eating, and we cannot expect to devour
and possess what we mean.
Knowledge is recognition of something absent;
it is a salutation,
not an embrace.
- George Santayana

Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.
- George Orwell

To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary
to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool,
than to discover who is a clever man.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Now, there are a very large number of bodily movements,
having their source in our nervous system,
that do not possess the character of conscious actions.
- Wilhelm Wundt

G is Grace, the Flaming Star is the Torch of Reason.
Those who possess this knowledge are indeed Illuminati.
- Adam Weishaupt

Each of us have things and thoughts and descriptions
of an amazing universe in our possession that kings
in the 17th Century would have gone to war to possess.
- Kary Mullis

Each man has his own desires; all do not possess the same inclinations.
- Aulus Persius Flaccus

Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess
an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward.
- Wilma Mankiller

Most people seek after what they do not possess and
are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.
- Anwar Sadat

The thing that we possess, that machines don't,
is the ability to exhibit wisdom.
- Herbie Hancock

Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in
the material universe to possess internal order,
and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters,
I do believe in Art for Art's sake.
- E. M. Forster

The Church as a divine society possess an internal
principle of life which is capable of assimilating
the most diverse materials and imprinting her own image upon them.
- Christopher Dawson

An emotional man may possess no humor,
but a humorous man usually has deep pockets of emotion,
sometimes tucked away or forgotten.
- Constance Rourke

I have everything, yet have nothing;
and although I possess nothing,
still of nothing am I in want.
- Jean Racine

But some actors I have met possess an intelligence
that I can only dream of.
It's about character, it's about behavior.
They understand things about people that I simply don't see.
- Ron Silver

There are people who possess not so much genius as
a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century,
or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

I have before me a newspaper slip on which a writer
expresses the opinion that no one should be allowed
to possess more than one million dollars' worth of property.
- William Graham Sumner


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