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A pupil from whom nothing is ever demanded which he cannot do, never does all he can.

We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and even if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.

The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.

Though the practice of chivalry fell even more sadly short of its theoretic standard than practice generally falls below theory, it remains one of the most precious monuments of the moral history of our race, as a remarkable instance of a concerted and organized attempt by a most disorganized and distracted society, to raise up and carry into practice a moral ideal greatly in advance of its social condition and institutions; so much so as to have been completely frustrated in the main object, yet never entirely inefficacious, and which has left a most sensible, and for the most part a highly valuable impress on the ideas and feelings of all subsequent times.

The worth of the state, in the long run, is the worth of the individuals composing it.

Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.

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