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Engrave this Quote Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but record
One death-grapple in the darkness twixt old systems and the Word;
Truth forever on the scaffold,
Wrong forever on the throne,
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
New occasions teach new duties;
Time makes ancient good uncouth;
They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth;
Lo, before us gleam her camp-fires! we ourselves must Pilgrims be,
Launch our Mayflower, and steer boldly through the desperate winter sea,
Nor attempt the Futures portal with the Pasts blood-rusted key.
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Engrave this Quote This imputation of inconsistency is one to which every sound politician and every honest thinker must sooner or later subject himself. The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.
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Engrave this Quote Be NOBLE! and the nobleness that liesIn other men, sleeping, but never dead,Will rise in majesty to meet thine own.
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Engrave this Quote As one lamp lights another, nor grows less,So nobleness enkindleth nobleness.
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Adversity
Engrave this Quote Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
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Age
Engrave this Quote As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new -- and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.
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Ambition
Engrave this Quote Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.
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Ancestry, Ancestors
Engrave this Quote They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.
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Argument & Debate
Engrave this Quote There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.
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Belief
Engrave this Quote Incredulity robs us of many pleasures, and gives us nothing in return.
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Character
Engrave this Quote They are slaves who fear to speak, for the fallen and the weak.
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Engrave this Quote Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
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Class
Engrave this Quote What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.
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Common Sense
Engrave this Quote The question of common sense is what is it good for? A question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.
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Compromise
Engrave this Quote Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
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Control
Engrave this Quote Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint.
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Creation
Engrave this Quote In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
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Crime
Engrave this Quote Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
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Criticism
Engrave this Quote A wise skepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
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Engrave this Quote A sneer is the weapon of the weak.
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Curiosity
Engrave this Quote I don't believe in principle, but I do in interest.
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Death
Engrave this Quote Life is the jailer, death the angel sent to draw the unwilling bolts and set us free.
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Engrave this Quote But life is sweet, though all that makes it sweet. Lessen like sound of friends departing feet; And death is beautiful as feet of friend. Coming with welcome at our journey's end.
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Decisions
Engrave this Quote Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide; In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side.
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Democracy
Engrave this Quote Democracy give every man the right to be his own oppressor.
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