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American author and lawyer
(1820 - 1904)
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The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor; to sketch out a map of possibilities, and then to treat them as probabilities.
      - [Enterprise]

The more gross the fraud, the more glibly will it go down, and the more greedily will it be swallowed, since folly will always find faith wherever impostors will find impudence.
      - [Credulity]

The most brilliant flashes of wit come from a clouded mind, as lightning leaps only from an obscure firmament.
      - [Wit]

The nearest approximation to an understanding of life is to feel it--to realize it to the full--to be a profound and inscrutable mystery.
      - [Life]

The next best thing to being witty one's self, is to be able to be able to quote another's wit.
      - [Epigrams]

The opinions of the misanthropical rest upon this very partial basis, that they adopt the bad faith of a few as evidence of the worthlessness of all.
      - [Misanthropy]

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.
      - [Passion]

The past is the sepulchre of our dead emotions.
      - [Past]

The same wind that carries one vessel into port may blow another off shore.
      - [Circumstance]

The scope of an intellect is not to be measured with a tape-string, or a character deciphered from the shape or length of a nose.
      - [Physiognomy]

The selection of a subject is to the author what choice of position is to the general,--once skilfully determined, the battle is already half won. Of a few writers it may be said that they are popular in despite of their subjects--but of a great many more it may be observed that they are popular because of them.
      - [Literature]

The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
      - [Courtesy]

The trouble with men of sense is that they are so dreadfully in earnest all the while.
      - [Sense]

The use we make of our fortune determines its sufficiency. A little is enough if used wisely, and too much if expended foolishly.
      - [Riches]

The very cunning conceal their cunning; the indifferently shrewd boast of it.
      - [Cunning]

The want of a more copious diction, to borrow a figure from Locke, is caused by our supposing that the mind is like Fortunatus's purse, and will always supply our wants, without our ever putting anything into it.
      - [Style]

The worst deluded are the self-deluded.
      - [Delusion]

The worth of a book is a matter of expressed juices.
      - [Books]

There are ceremonious bows that repel one like a cudgel.
      - [Ceremony]

There are none so low but that they have their triumphs. Small successes suffice for small souls.
      - [Success]

There are some kinds of men who cannot pass their time alone; they are the flails of occupied people.(Bonald, M.} There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate.
      - [Bores]

There are some weaknesses that are peculiar and distinctive to generous characters, as freckles are to a fair skin.
      - [Weakness]

There is a German proverb which says that Take-it-Easy and Live-Long are brothers.
      - [Moderation]

There is great beauty in going through life fearlessly. Half our fears are baseless, the other half discreditable.
      - [Fear]

There is no sense of weariness like that which closes in a day of eager and unintermittent pursuit of pleasure. The apple is eaten, but "the core sticks in the throat." Expectation has then given way to ennui, appetite to satiety.
      - [Satiety]

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