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“Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.” — Emerson, “Self Reliance” (1841)

“Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt (1941)

“Omnipotence is bought with ceaseless fear.” — Cinna (1639), 4.1, tr. Paul Landis

“In extreme suffering certain protective mechanisms of the soul are also activated.” — Freud

“What church I go to on Sunday, what dogma of the Catholic Church I believe in, is my business, and whatever faith any other American has is his business.” — John F. Kennedy, address, Washington, D.C., 1960.

“Act quickly, think slowly.” — Greek Proverb

“One may have good eyes and see nothing.” — Italian Proverb

“The gods too are fond of a joke.” — Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

“Hell has three gates: lust, anger and greed.” — Bhagavadigta, 16, tr. P. Lal

“Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

“I must complain the cards are ill shuffled, till I have a good hand.” — Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711)

“The ideal is in thyself, the impediment too is in thyself.” — Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus (1833-34), 2.9.

“Reason cannot save us, nothing can; but reason can mitigate the cruelty of living.” — Philip Rieff, preface to Freud:  The Mind of the Moralist (1959).

“A man’s behavior is the index of the man, and his discourse is the index of his understanding.” — Ali Ibn-Abi-Talib, Sentences (7th c.), tr. Simon Ockley.

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pan American Day address, April 15, 1939.

“The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” — John Milton

“Your behavior is a reflection of what you truly believe.” — Hyrum W. Smith

“In the last analysis, everything boils down to how one evaluates himself.” — Fontane (1819-1989)

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes to bitter consciousness during adversity.” — Rousseau, Confessions (1766-70), 2.

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” — Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC)

“Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.” — Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 18)

“The most important thing about me is that I am a Catholic.  It’s a superstructure within which you can work, like a sonnet.” — Jean Kerr, Time, April 14, 1961.

“Coincidences are spiritual puns.” — G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

“It is not known precisely where angels dwell — whether in the air, the void, or the planets.  It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.” — Voltaire, “Angels,” Philosophical Dictionary (1764).

“A poor spirit is poorer than a poor purse.” — Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732)

“I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God’s work.” — Brooks Atkinson, “November 10,” Once Around the Sun (1951).

“The grunts themselves knew: the madness, the bitterness, the horror and doom of it.” — Michael Herr, author, Dispatches (1977).

“It is not enough to conquer; one must know how to seduce.” — Voltaire, Merope (1743), 1-4.

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile — hoping it will eat him last.” — Sir Winston Churchill, Reader’s Digest, December 1954.

“Women like silent men.  They think they’re listening.” — Marcel Achard, (1956).

“The fear of women is the basis of good health.” — Spanish Proverb.

“A woman’s advice is no great thing, but he who won’t take it is a fool.” — English Proverb

“A stumble may prevent a fall.”  — Thomas Fuller, M.D., Gnomologia (1732), 424.

“Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.” — Aldous Huxley, The Olive Tree (1937).

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