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Illusion and self-deception stand in the way of an honest, penetrating and fearless self-appraisal. Though it would appear that we have access to the innermost core of our individual being, and that there is nothing in the world with which we are on more intimate terms than our own self, the self remains an elusive object of knowledge and understanding. - Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren
There is nothing in the world better for the purification of the soul than the curbing of idle talk. - Agnon Schmuel Yoseph Agnon, pseudonym of Samuel Joseph Czaczkes
Mysticism is nothing but an overwhelming concentration of religious feeling. - Agus Salim, or Agus Hadji
Nothing destroys the potential for parents to have a close relationship with their children as disciplining through excessive fear. When children are still young, parents should be aware that one day their children will become independent. Parents who frequently use fear as a weapon create negative feelings in their children. When they grow up, those children are likely to rebel against their parents and go their own way. - Shlomo Wolbe, aka Wilhelm Wolbe
He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature, and a continuous moral progress toward inward contentment and religious submission, is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life. -
In the conduct of life, habits count for more than maxims; because habit is a living maxim, becomes flesh and instinct. To reform one's maxims is nothing: it is but to change the title of the book. To learn new habits is everything, for it is to reach the substance of life. Life is but a tissue of habits. -
Nothing is more characteristic of a man than the manner in which he behaves towards fools. -
Without faith a man can do nothing. But faith can stifle all science. -
There is nothing enduring in life for a woman except what she builds in a man's heart. - Judith Anderson, born Frances Margaret Anderson-Anderson, aka Dame Judith Anderson
A great estate is a great disadvantage to those who do not know hot to use it, for nothing is more common than to see wealthy persons live scandalously and miserably; riches do them no service in order to virtue and happiness; it is precept and principle, not an estate, that makes a man good for something. - Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus
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