Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. 

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. 

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

I cannot live without books.

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. 

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. 

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. 


Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. 

He who knows best knows how little he knows.

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.

Never spend your money before you have earned it. 

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. 

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. 

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

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