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Jean de La Bruyère

The most amiable people are those who least wound the self-love of others.

Character | Love | People | Self | Self-love | Wisdom |

Aaron M. Brafman

The goal of all education, preaching, and instruction is the development of mature individuals who will understand that difficulties in life are Divine-ordained challenges to overcome and opportunities for growth, and not excuses for defeat and self-ruination.

Character | Defeat | Education | Growth | Life | Life | Self | Will | Instruction | Understand |

Zane Grey Orig. name Pearl Grey

To bear up under loss; to fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief; to be victor over anger, to smile when tears are close; to resist disease and evil men and base instincts; to hate hate and to love love; to go on when it would seem good to die; to look up with unquenchable faith in something ever more about to be - that is what any man can do, and be great.

Anger | Bitterness | Character | Defeat | Disease | Evil | Faith | Good | Grief | Hate | Love | Man | Men | Smile | Tears | Weakness |

Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

There are wounds of self-love which one does not confess to one’s dearest friends.

Character | Love | Self | Self-love |

Horace Smith

Every man, like narcissus, becomes enamored of the reflection of himself, only choosing a substance instead of a shadow. This love for any particular woman is self-love at second hand, vanity reflected, compound egotism.

Character | Love | Man | Reflection | Self | Self-love | Woman |

Villefré NULL

In all times self-love has blinded the wisest.

Character | Love | Self | Self-love |

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

When one has this intelligent self-love is commanded to love his neighbor as himself, what else is enjoined than that he shall do all in his power to commend to him the love of God? This is the worship of God, this is true religion, this right piety, this the service due to God only.

God | Love | Piety | Power | Religion | Right | Self | Self-love | Service | Wisdom | Worship | God |

Edna Ferber

Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing - for life itself is a writer's love until death.

Death | Defeat | Life | Life | Love | Wisdom | Writing |

François Fénelon, fully Francois de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon

It is this unquiet self-love that renders us so sensitive. The sick man, who sleeps ill, thinks the night long. We exaggerate, from cowardice, all the evils which we encounter; they are great, but our sensibility increases them. The true way to bear them is to yield ourselves up with confidence to God.

Confidence | Cowardice | God | Love | Man | Self | Self-love | Sensibility | Wisdom |

Madame Émile de Girardin, Delphine de Girardin, née Gay

The power of words is immense. A well-chosen word has often sufficed to stop a flying army, to change defeat into victory, and to save an empire.

Change | Defeat | Power | Wisdom | Words |

Thomas Jefferson

Victory and defeat are each of the same price.

Defeat | Price | Wisdom |

John F. Kennedy, fully John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy

Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.

Defeat | Foreign policy | Kill | Policy | Wisdom |

William Gibbs McAdoo

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man by argument.

Argument | Defeat | Man | Wisdom |

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 |

Paramananda, fully Swami Paramananda, born Suresh Chandra Guha-Thakurta NULL

A man's happiness requires a great deal more than any material thing. We all find it out sooner or later. If we live our lives thoughtlessly, we defeat our purpose; because our faith in God becomes shattered and there is no greater loss.

Defeat | Faith | God | Man | Purpose | Purpose | Wisdom | God | Happiness |