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William Matthews

Solitary reading will enable a man to stuff himself with information, but without conversation his mind will become like a pond without an outlet-a mass of unhealthy stag-nature. It is not enough to harvest knowledge by study; the wind of talk must winnow it and blow away the chaff. Then will the clear, bright grains of wisdom be garnered, for our own use or that of others.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The same disappointments in life will chasten and refine one man's spirit, embitter another's.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The power of music that poetry lacks is the ability to persuade without argument.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The difficulties, hardships and trials of life, the obstacles... are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Criminals are opportunists. If you've got a booming market, they're going to get away with more fraud.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Go to the desk. Stay at the desk. Thrive at the desk.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A great deal of the joy of life consists in doing perfectly, or at least to the best of one's ability, everything which one attempts to do. There is a sense of satisfaction, a pride in surveying such a work, a work which is rounded, full, exact, complete in all its parts-which the superficial man, who leaves his work in a slovenly, slipshod, half-finished condition can never know. It is this conscientious completeness which turns work into art. The smallest thing, well done, becomes artistic.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Unless a man has trained himself for his chance, the chance will only make him ridiculous.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Be methodical if you would succeed in business, or in anything. Have a work for every moment, and mind the moment's work. Whatever your calling, master all its bearings and details, its principles, instruments and applications. Method is essential if you would get through your work easily and with economy of time.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One well-cultivated talent, deepened and enlarged, is worth one hundred shallow faculties.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is a wide difference between general acquaintance and companionship. You may salute a man and exchange compliments with him daily, yet know nothing of his character, his inmost tastes arid feelings.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
God has so framed us as to make freedom of choice and action the very basis of all moral improvement, and all our faculties, mental and moral, resent and revolt against the idea of coercion.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The countenance may be rightly defined as the title page which heralds the contents of the human volume, but like other title pages, it sometimes puzzles, often misleads, and often says nothing to the purpose.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As frost, raised to its utmost intensity, produces the sensation of fire, so any good quality, overwrought and pushed to excess, turns into its own contrary.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The petty cares, the minute anxieties, the infinite littles which go to make up the sum of human experience, like the invisible granules of powder, give the last and highest polish to a character.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Intercourse is after all man's best teacher. "Know thyself" is an excellent maxim; but even self-knowledge cannot be perfected in closets and cloisters--nor amid lake scenery, and on the sunny side of the mountains. Men who seldom mix with their fellow-creatures are almost sure to be one-sided--the victims of fixed ideas, that sometimes lead to insanity.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What lasting progress was ever made in social reformation, except when every step was insured by appeals to the understanding and the will?More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What are the precise characteristics of an epigram it is not easy to define. It differs from a joke, in the fact that the wit of the latter dies in the words, and cannot therefore be conveyed in another language; while an epigram is a wit of ideas, and hence, is translatable. Like aphorisms, songs and sonnets, it is occupied with some single point, small and manageable; but whilst a song conveys a sentiment, a sonnet a poetical, and an aphorism a moral reflection, an epigram expresses a contrast.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Talking, is a digestive process which is absolutely essential to the mental constitution of the man who devours many books.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Strive for excellence in your calling, but as a subsidiary to this: Do not fail to enrich your whole capital as man. To be a giant, and not a dwarf in your profession, you must always be growing. The man that has ceased to go up intellectually has begun to go down.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Stoutly as we may affirm that our disasters and vices are chargeable to luck, we never dream of ascribing our meritorious deeds, in the slightest degree to its agency. In such cases we quite unconsciously blink out of sight the magic power of the latter principle, so wondrous and all-controlling in its influence at other times, and coolly appropriate to ourselves not merely the lion's share, but the whole glory of our position.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is one curious fact noticeable in regard to this thing called "luck," which is, that while it is made responsible for any turn of affairs that we feel to be discreditable to us, it rarely has credit for an opposite state of things; but, like most other faithful allies in victory, comes poorly off.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is not, of course, the subject that is or isn't dull, but the quality of attention that we do or do not pay to it. Dull subjects are those we have failed.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The smallest thing, well done, becomes artistic.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The easiest way for me to lose interests is to know too much of what I want to say before I begin.More William Matthews [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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