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" Be it understood you are never rich when you get no advantage from it. "
" You're never rich enough if you can be richer. "
" The Chinaman has only a passive courage, but this courage he possesses in the highest degree. His indifference to death is truly extraordinary. When he is ill, he sees it approach, and does not falter. When condemned, and already in the hands of an officer, he manifests no fear. "
" I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through. "
" To put up with what you cannot avoid is a philosophical principle, that may not perhaps lead you to the accomplishment of great deeds, but is assuredly eminently practical. "
" When you bring a man two millions of money, you need have but little fear that you will not be well received. "
" I seriously believed that my last hour was approaching, and yet, so strange is imagination, all I thought of was some childish hypothesis or other. In such circumstances, you do not choose your own thoughts. They overcome you. "
" Everything great in science and art is simple. What can be less complicated than the greatest discoveries of humanity - gravitation, the compass, the printing press, the steam engine, the electric telegraph? "
" When one has taken root, one puts out branches. "
" The wisest man may be a blind father. "
" On the morrow the horizon was covered with clouds- a thick and impenetrable curtain between earth and sky, which unhappily extended as far as the Rocky Mountains. It was a fatality! "
" It is for others one must learn to do everything; for there lies the secret of happiness. "
" An energetic man will succeed where an indolent one would vegetate and inevitably perish. "
" As long as a man's heart beats, as long as a man's flesh quivers, I do not allow that a being gifted with thought and will can allow himself to despair. "
" We were alone. Where, I could not say, hardly imagine. All was black, and such a dense black that, after some minutes, my eyes had not been able to discern even the faintest glimmer. "
" The industrial stomach cannot live without coal; industry is a carbonivorous animal and must have its proper food. "
" Trains, like time and tide, stop for no one. "
" If Providence has created the stars and the planets, man has called the cannonball into existence. "
" Nothing is more dreadful than private duels in America. The two adversaries attack each other like wild beasts. Then it is that they might well covet those wonderful properties of the Indians of the prairies - their quick intelligence, their ingenious cunning, their scent of the enemy. "
" However strong, however imposing a ship may appear, it is not 'disgraced' because it flies before the tempest. A commander ought always to remember that a man's life is worth more than the mere satisfaction of his own pride. In any case, to be obstinate is blameable, and to be wilful is dangerous. "
" We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones. "
" Liberty is worth paying for. "
" Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance. "
" The possession of wealth leads almost inevitably to its abuse. It is the chief, if not the only, cause of evils which desolate this world below. The thirst for gold is responsible for the most regrettable lapses into sin. "
" Put two Yankees in a room together, and in an hour they will each have gained ten dollars from the other. "
" The regions of the North Pole situated within the eighty-fourth degree of north latitude have not yet been utilized, for the very good reason that they have not yet been discovered. "
" The sea is the vast reservoir of Nature. The globe began with sea, so to speak; and who knows if it will not end with it? "
" The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. "
" I have noticed that many who do not believe in God believe in everything else, even in the evil eye. "
" In the United States, there is no project so audacious for which people cannot be found to guarantee the cost and find the working expenses. "
" To modify the conditions of the Earth's movement is beyond the powers of man. It is not given to mankind to change the order established by the Creator in the system of the Universe. "