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Jeremy Collier

Vanity is a strong temptation to lying; it makes people magnify their merit, over flourish their family, and tell strange stories of their interest and acquaintance.

Acquaintance | Character | Family | Lying | Merit | People | Temptation | Temptation |

William Ellery Channing

The only freedom worth possessing is that which gives enlargement to a people's energy, intellect and virtues... Progress, the growth of intelligence and power, is the end and boon of liberty; and, without this, a people may have the name, but want the substance and spirit of freedom.

Character | Energy | Freedom | Growth | Intelligence | Liberty | People | Power | Progress | Spirit | Worth | Intellect |

Constitution of the Five Nations NULL

With endless patience you shall carry out your duty, and your firmness shall be tempered with tenderness for your people. Neither anger nor fury shall lodge in your mind, and all your words and actions shall be marked with calm deliberation. In all your deliberations in the Council, in your efforts at lawmaking, in all your official acts, self-interest shall be cast into oblivion. Cast not away the warnings of any others, if they should chide you for any error or wrong you may do, but return to the way of the Great Law, which is just and right. Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the earth - the unborn of the future Nation.

Anger | Character | Deliberation | Duty | Earth | Error | Firmness | Fury | Future | Law | Mind | Oblivion | Patience | People | Present | Right | Self | Self-interest | Tenderness | Words | Wrong |

Pema Chödrön, born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown

If your everyday practice is to open to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down, trusting that you can do that - then that will take you as far as you can go. And then you’ll understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught.

Character | Emotions | People | Practice | Will | Understand |

Jeremy Collier

Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People that have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.

Character | Idleness | Nothing | People |

Robertson Davies

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.

Character | Future | Past | People | World |

Charles de Saint-Évremond, fully Charles Marguetel de Saint-Denis, seigneur de Évremond

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue. We have seen a thousand people esteemed, either for the merit they had not yet attained or for that they no longer possessed.

Character | Merit | People | Reputation | Virtue | Virtue |

Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler

Pleasure comes from obtaining what we feel we are lacking. We have the ability to choose our answer to the question, “What am I lacking right now?” Some people answer materialistically. It is wiser to choose to focus on your lack of spiritual accomplishments and then you can derive pleasure from meeting those needs.

Ability | Character | Focus | People | Pleasure | Question | Right |

Henry Van Dyke, fully Henry Jackson Van Dyke

Live by admiration rather than disgust. Judge people by their best, not by their worst.

Admiration | Character | People |

Orville Dewey

Occupied people are not unhappy people.

Character | People |

Y. Eibeschuetz

No person sees all of his faults. Every person considers himself righteous an feels whatever he does is correct. For every act a person does, he has a thousand excuses and rationalizations. A person does not see what goes against his prejudices. Other people can be much more objective about you and can find your wrongdoings and faults. Hence, be willing to listen to what an admonisher has to say.

Character | People |

Rudolf Driekurs

We can change our whole life and the attitude of people around us simply by changing ourselves.

Change | Character | Life | Life | People |

Francois Urbain Domergue

Some people study all their life, and at their death they have learned everything except to think.

Character | Death | Life | Life | People | Study |

J. Stanley Durkee

You can't stop the people from thinking - but you can start them.

Character | People | Thinking |

Henry Van Dyke, fully Henry Jackson Van Dyke

Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.

Character | People | Afraid |

Madame Deluzy, Luzy Dorothee

Some people regret that they have poor memories. Alas! it is much more difficult to forget.

Character | People | Regret |

Walter Duranty

The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.

Character | People | Wishes | Trouble | Think |

L. G. Elliott, fully Lloyd George Elliott

Vacillating people seldom succeed. They seldom win the solid respect of their fellows. Successful men and women are very careful in reaching decisions and very persistent and determined in action thereafter.

Action | Character | Men | People | Respect | Wisdom | Respect |