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Joseph Brant, aka Thayendanegea

In the government you called civilized, the happiness of the people is constantly sacrificed to the splendor of the empire. Hence the origin of your codes of criminal and civil laws; hence your dungeons and prisons. We have no prisons; we have no written laws; and yet judges are as highly revered among us as they are among you, and their decisions are as much regarded. We have among us no exalted villains above the control of our laws. Daring wickedness is here never allowed to triumph over helpless innocence. The estates of widows and orphans are never devoured by enterprising swindlers. We have no robbery under the pretext of law.

Character | Control | Daring | Government | Innocence | Law | People | Wickedness | Government | Happiness |

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world - making the most of one's best.

Character | Daring | Pity | Rebellion | Self | World |

Heinrich Heine

A daring beginning is half way to winning.

Beginning | Character | Daring |

Heinrich Heine

Terrible as is war, it yet displays the spiritual grandeur of man daring to defy his mightiest hereditary enemy - death.

Character | Daring | Death | Enemy | Man | War |

Garrison Keillor, fully Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

Adventure | Change | Character | Daring | Fate | Life | Life | Nothing | Strength | Fate |

Austin Phelps

Vigilance in watching opportunity; tact and daring in seizing upon opportunity; force and persistence in crowding opportunity to its utmost possible achievement - these are the martial virtues which must command success.

Achievement | Character | Daring | Force | Opportunity | Persistence | Success | Tact | Vigilance |

Friedrich Schiller, fully Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

It is rascally to steal a purse, daring to steal a million, and proof of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.

Blame | Character | Daring | Greatness | Guilt |

Henry Theodore Tuckerman

There is strength of quiet endurance as significant courage as the most daring fears of prowess.

Character | Courage | Daring | Endurance | Prowess | Quiet | Strength |

William Newton Clarke

Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.

Daring | Faith | Soul | Wisdom |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The mere observing of a thing is no use whatsoever. Observing turns into beholding, beholding to thinking, thinking into establishing connections, so that one may say that every attentive glance we cast on the world is an act of theorizing. However, this ought to be done consciously, with self-criticism, with freedom, and, to use a daring word, with irony.

Criticism | Daring | Freedom | Irony | Self | Thinking | Wisdom | World |

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.

Daring | Folly | Heaven | Nothing | Wisdom |

Friedrich Schiller, fully Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.

Blame | Daring | Fortune | Greatness | Guilt | Wisdom |

Richard Savage

By woe the soul to daring action steals; by woe in plaintless patience it excels.

Action | Daring | Patience | Soul | Wisdom | Woe |

James Baldwin, fully James Arthur Baldwin

Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or dreamed that one possessed. Yet, it is only when a man is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream he has long cherished or a privilege he has long possessed that he is set free — he has set himself free — for higher dreams, for greater privileges.

Bitterness | Change | Daring | Future | Man | Surrender | Will | World | Loss | Privilege |