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Our deeds determine

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

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Blessed is the

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.

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It is only

It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come by caring very much about our own pleasures. We can only have the highest happiness such as goes along with being a great man, by having wide thoughts and much feeling for the rest of the world as well as ourselves.

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The strongest principle

The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.

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No soul is

No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.

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No evil dooms

No evil dooms us hopelessly, except the evil we love, and desire to continue in and make no effort to escape from.

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There is no

There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.

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What do we

What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?

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Our deeds are

Our deeds are like children that are born to us; they live and act apart from our own will. Nay, children may be strangled, but deeds never: they have an indestructible life both in and out of our consciousness.

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There is no

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.

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