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Digressions incontestably are the sunshine; they are the life, the soul of reading.
One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.
...For every ten jokes - thou hast got an hundred enemies...
'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and of obstinacy in a bad one.
All womankind, from the highest to the lowest love jokes; the difficulty is to know how they choose to have them cut; and there is no knowing that, but by trying, as we do with our artillery in the field, by raising or letting down their breeches, till we hit the mark.
People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.
But this is neither here nor there why do I mention it? Ask my pen, it governs me, I govern not it.
I am persuaded that every time a man smiles - but much more so when he laughs - it adds something to this fragment of life.
Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.
The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
There have been no sects in the Christian world, however absurd, which have not endeavoured to support their opinions by arguments drawn from Scripture.
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.
Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.
I have a strong propensity in me to begin this chapter very nonsensically, and I will not balk my fancy.--Accordingly I set off thus:
I begin with writing the first sentence—and trusting to Almighty God for the second.
If death, said my father, reasoning with himself, is nothing but the separation of the soul from the body;--and if it is true that people can walk about and do their business without brains,--then certes the soul does not inhabit there.
Titles of honor are like the impressions on coins, which add no value to gold or silver, but only render brass current.
Only the brave know how to forgive... a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.
Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world, - though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst, - the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.
Alas, poor YORICK!
In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this span of life by him who interests his heart in everything.
It is the nature of an hypothesis, when once a man has conceived it, that it assimulates every thing to itself as proper nourishment; and, from the first moment of your begetting it, it generally grows the stronger by every thing you see, hear, read, or understand.
Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine, the life, the soul of reading! Take them out and one cold eternal winter would reign in every page. Restore them to the writer - he steps forth like a bridegroom, bids them all-hail, brings in variety and forbids the appetite to fail.
Alas! if the principles of contentment are not within us, the height of station and worldly grandeur will as soon add a cubit to a man's stature as to his happiness.
When the heart flies out before the understanding, it saves the judgment a world of pains.
Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.
Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy.
Religion which lays so many restraints upon us, is a troublesome companion to those who will lay no restraints upon themselves.
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Viktor E. Frankl
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