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Charles Alexander Eastman, first named Ohiyesa

It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. Its appeal is to the material part, and if allowed its way, it will in time disturb one’s spiritual balance. Therefore, children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving. If a child is inclined to be grasping, or to cling to any of his or her little possessions, legends are related about the contempt and disgrace falling upon the ungenerous and mean person... The Indians in their simplicity literally give away all that they have - to relatives, to guests of other tribes or clans, but above all to the poor and the aged, from whom they can hope for no return.

Balance | Beauty | Belief | Character | Children | Contempt | Disgrace | Generosity | Giving | Guests | Hope | Legends | Little | Love | Possessions | Simplicity | Taste | Time | Weakness | Will | Beauty | Child | Happiness | Learn |

Frederick Marryat

All lies disgrace a gentleman, white or black... it becomes as it were a sort of virtue.

Character | Disgrace | Virtue | Virtue |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Knowledge is an excellent drug; but no drug has virtue enough to preserve itself from corruption and decay, if the vessel be tainted and impure wherein it is put to keep.

Character | Corruption | Enough | Knowledge | Virtue | Virtue |

William Gilmore Simms

Stagnation is something worse than death; it is corruption also.

Character | Corruption | Death |

William Gilmore Simms

Better that we should err in action than wholly refuse to perform. The storm is so much better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. Stagnation is something worse than death. It is corruption also.

Action | Better | Character | Corruption | Death |

Sydney Smith

Poverty is no disgrace to a man but it is confoundedly inconvenient.

Character | Disgrace | Inconvenient | Man | Poverty |

Edward Thomson

War is the corruption and disgrace of man.

Character | Corruption | Disgrace | Man | War |

Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo NULL

Wine-drinking is the mother of all mischief, the root of crimes, the spring of vices, the whirlwind of the brain, the overthrow of the sense, the tempest of the tongue, the ruin of the body, the shame of life, the stain of honesty, and the plague and corruption of the soul.

Body | Corruption | Honesty | Life | Life | Mother | Sense | Shame | Soul | Wisdom |

Lord Acton, John Emerich Dalberg-Acton

Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; but still more when they are super bad and add the tendency of the certainty of corruption of authority.

Authority | Corruption | Influence | Men | Wisdom |

Samuel Clarke

There was plainly wanting a divine revelation to recover mankind out of their universal corruption and degeneracy.

Corruption | Degeneracy | Mankind | Revelation | Wisdom |

Ulysses S. Grant, fully Ulysses Simpson Grant, born Hiram Ulysses Grant

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.

Disgrace | Labor | Man | Men | Wisdom |

Thomas Jefferson

In every government on earth is some trace of human weakness, some germ of corruption and degeneracy, which cunning will discover, and wickedness insensibly open, cultivate and improve. Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves therefore are its only safe depositories.

Corruption | Cunning | Degeneracy | Earth | Government | People | Safe | Weakness | Wickedness | Will | Wisdom | Government |

Charles F. Kettering, fully Charles Franklin Kettering

We need to teach the highly educated person that it is not a disgrace to fail and that he must analyze every failure to find its cause. He must learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world.

Cause | Disgrace | Failure | Need | Teach | Wisdom | World | Failure | Learn |

Friedrich Nietzsche, fully Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I condemn Christianity, I bring against the Christian Church the most terrible charge any prosecutor has ever uttered. to me it is the extremist thinkable form of corruption, it has had the will to the ultimate corruption conceivably possible. The Christian Church has left nothing untouched by its depravity, it has made of every value a disvalue, of every truth a lie, of every kind of integrity a vileness of soul. People still dare to talk to me of its ‘humanitarian’ blessings! To abolish any state of distress whatever has been profoundly inexpedient to it: it has lived on states of distress, it has created states of distress in order to externalize itself.

Blessings | Church | Corruption | Distress | Integrity | Nothing | Order | People | Soul | Truth | Will | Wisdom | Value |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

It takes a lot of self-love and presumption to have such esteem for one’s own opinions that to establish them one must overthrow the public peace and introduce so many inevitable evils, and such a horrible corruption of morals, as civil wars and political changes bring with them in a matter of such weight - and introduce them into one’s own country.

Corruption | Esteem | Inevitable | Love | Peace | Presumption | Public | Self | Self-love | Wisdom |

Francis Quarles

Money is both the generation and corruption of purchased honor; honor is both the child and slave of potent money: the credit which honor hath lost, money hath found. When honor grew mercenary, money grew honorable. The way to be truly noble is to contemn both.

Corruption | Credit | Honor | Money | Wisdom | Child |