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Gideon Welles Quotes and Sayings

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It is vain to expect a well-balanced government without a well-balanced society.
- Gideon Welles

The hopeless grief of those poor colored people affected
me more than almost anything else.
- Gideon Welles

The War has been waged with success,
although there have been in some instances errors and misfortunes.
But the heart of the nation is sounder and its hopes brighter.
- Gideon Welles

This crowd did not diminish through the whole of that cold,
wet day; they seemed not to know what was to by their
fate since their great benefactor was dead,
and though strong and brave men wept when I met them.
- Gideon Welles

 

Often the hands will solve a mystery
that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
- Carl Jung

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

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton

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Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain.
To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.
- Carlos Castaneda

We are strange beings, we seem
to go free, but we go in chains -
chains of training, custom, convention,
association, environment -
in a word, Circumstance -
and against these bonds
the strongest of us struggle in vain.
- Mark Twain

No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers
answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
- Andre Breton

In God's world, for those who are in earnest,
there is no failure.
No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken,
no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain.
- Frederick William Robertson

Nature does nothing in vain.
- Aristotle

The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain,
disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday.
- Theodor Adorno

How vain, without the merit, is the name.
- Homer

Do not follow vain desires; for verily he who prospers is preserved from lust,
greed and anger.
- Abu Bakr

It is in vain to hope to please all alike.
Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will,
he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
- George Dennison Prentice

Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others;
it make us vain,
in fact, of our modesty.
- Louis Kronenberger

Examples would indeed be excellent things were not
people so modest that none will set,
and so vain that none will follow them.
- Augustus Hare

It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard,
if we do not strive as well as pray.
- Aesop

One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make
is to look at the real world and cling to the vain
hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.
- Galen Rowell

I'm glad I haven't lived in vain.
- Saul Bellow

The generality have considered that disease is but
a confused and disordered effort in Nature,
thrown down from her proper state, and defending herself in vain.
- Thomas Sydenham

I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done
anything towards diminishing the reputation of the
Renaissance landscape painting.
- John Ruskin

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity:
they must have action;
and they will make it if they cannot find it.
- Jacob Bronowski

I thought it was quite vain to say, I want to be a model.
- Kate Moss

No great man lives in vain.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
- Thomas Carlyle

The whole point of being an actor is to get satisfaction out of a role -
unless you're just vain about celebrity.
- Jonny Lee Miller

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind;
it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
- Voltaire

Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
- Friedrich Schiller

Looks are temporary and don't mirror what's inside.
And usually, a great looking man is so vain.
Maybe most good-looking women are too.
I hope I'm not!
- Dorothy Stratten

Death is not more certainly a separation of our souls
from our bodies than the Christian life is a separation
of our souls from worldly tempers,
vain indulgences, and unnecessary cares.
- William Law

Whatever you do for the sole purpose of having others admire you,
your efforts will most likely be in vain.
- Dave Pelzer

Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess
who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.
- Thomas Kempis

I will give you a definition of a proud man:
he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled
with hatreds cannot be vain,
neither can he be wise.
- John Keats

The praise that comes from love does not make us vain,
but more humble.
- James M. Barrie

The promises of this world are, for the most part,
vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self,
and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.
- Michelangelo

It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer.
- William of Occam

Husbands and wives generally understand when opposition will be vain.
- Jane Austen

Concerning God, freewill and destiny:
Of all that earth has been or yet may be,
all that vain men imagine or believe,
or hope can paint or suffering may achieve,
we descanted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

I wouldn't write anything autobiographical.
If you've lived a life like Laurence of Arabia,
it might be a consideration, but otherwise it's a little bit vain,
it seems to me.
- James Lee Burke

It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become
proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is
in reality a universal nuisance.
- Baruch Spinoza

The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain.
Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish,
the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
- Florence Nightingale

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper
to love has roused him in vain.
- Jessamyn West

We must not indulge in unfavorable views of mankind,
since by doing it we make bad men believe they are no worse than others,
and we teach the good that they are good in vain.
- Walter Winchell

Because just as arms have no force outside if there
is no counsel within a house,
study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to
virtuous effect when the time calls.
- Francois Rabelais

Accuracy is, in every case, advantageous to beauty,
and just reasoning to delicate sentiment.
In vain would we exalt the one by depreciating the other.
- David Hume

He who seeks for methods without having a definite
problem in mind seeks in the most part in vain.
- David Hilbert

A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain,
while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls
slipping from a broken string.
- George Dennison Prentice

Some think the worst horrors of war might be avoided
by an international agreement not to use atomic bombs.
This is a vain hope.
- John Boyd Orr

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for,
the thing before which every ambition of man is folly
and all lower achievement vain.
- Henry Drummond

If a war be undertaken...
before the resources of peace have been tried and proved vain to secure it,
that war has no defense, it is a national crime.
- Charles Eliot Norton

To be a man's own fool is bad enough,
but the vain man is everybody's.
- William Penn

I'm not so vain as to believe that my involvement changes anything whatsoever.
- Danny Glover

In outward show so splendid and so vain;
'tis but a gilded block without a brain.
- Phaedrus

Christianity, democracy, science, education,
wealth, and the cumulative inheritance of a thousand years,
have not preserved us from the vain repetition of history.
- Ralph A. Cram

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge,
for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
- Khalil Gibran

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

If God had not intended that Women shou'd use their Reason,
He wou'd not have given them any, 'for He does nothing in vain.'
- Mary Astell

All other ways of mortification are vain,
all helps leave us helpless, it must be done by the Spirit.
- John Owen

I think the best actors are the most generous,
the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain,
greedy and insecure.
- Kenneth Branagh

Our pleasance here is all vain glory,
This false world is but transitory.
- William Dunbar

We take our international responsibilities very seriously
and will not withdraw our troops from Iraq...
Otherwise, the victims of terror in Madrid will have died in vain.
- Marek Belka

I have been vain since birth.
I expected other people to like what I did,
although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.
- Wallace Shawn

I do not allow myself vain regrets or foreboding.
- Mary Chesnut

Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll;
charms strike the sight,
but merit wins the soul.
- Alexander Pope

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain,
egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous;
on the contrary it makes them,
for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
- W. H. Auden

Yet with great toil all that I can attain by long experience,
and in learned schools, is for to know my knowledge is but vain,
and those that think them wise, are greatest fools.
- William Alexander

Men are but children of a larger growth,
Our appetites as apt to change as theirs,
And full as craving too, and full as vain.
- Diane Arbus

Everything is vain and tortures the spirit instead
of calming and satisfying it.
- Johann G. Hamann

Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll.
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain.
Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.
- Lord Byron


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