Character

Speak not one thing with the mouth and another with the heart.

Just as a tested and rugged virtue of the moral hero is worth more than the lovely, tender, untried innocence of the child, so is the massive strength of a soul that has conquered truth for itself worth more than the soft peach-bloom faith of a soul that takes truth on trust.

It is easy to condemn; it is better to pity.

War is science of destruction.

The reason we’re here is to exercise personal responsibility, to evolve the higher self and to influence that development in others.

Among today’s adept practitioners, the lie has long since lost its honest function of misrepresenting reality. Nobody believes anybody, everyone is in the know. Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion. the lie, once a liberal means of communication, has today become one of the techniques of insolence enabling each individual to spread around him the glacial atmosphere whose shelter he can thrive.

The assumption that though profits from decay of the emotions, or even that it remains unaffected, is itself an expression of the process of stupefaction.

Candor may be considered as a compound of justice and the love of truth.

The sound and proper exercise of the imagination may be made to contribute to the cultivation of all that is virtuous and estimable in the human character.

Greed is the root of all sin.

The best books are those which best teach men how to live.

Frustration is the wet nurse of violence.

View each day as a page in a book of your autobiography.

Success depends on faith and good deeds... not upon the knowledge of the proofs which lead to them.

The receiver of a gift is not the chooser.

The best way of worshipping God is in allaying the distress of the times and improving the condition of mankind.

Good and evil lie close together. Seek no artistic unity in character.

Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

Esteeming others merely for their agreement with us in religion, opinion, and manner of living is only a less offensive kind of self-adoration.

Reckon any matter of trial to thee among thy gains.