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'A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy'

'A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.'

'A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.'

'A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.'

'A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.'

'A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.'

'Be not a slave of words.'

'Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.'

'Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being'

'Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.'

'Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.'

'Endurance is patience concentrated.'

'Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.'

'Every noble work is at first impossible.'

'Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.'

'For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.'

'Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.'

'Happy the people whose annals are vacant.'

'He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.'

'History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion'

'History, a distillation of rumour.'

'I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.'

'I don't pretend to understand the Universe - it's a great deal bigger than I am.'

'I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.'

'If what you have done is unjust, you have not succeeded.'

'If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.'

'Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding'

'It is the heart always that sees, before the head can see.'

'Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world'

'Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.'

'Necessity dispenseth with decorum.'

'No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.'

'No ghost was ever seen by two pairs of eyes.'

'No violent extreme endures.'

'Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom.'

'Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment'

'Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none'

'Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.'

'Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand'

'Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.'

'Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.'

'Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.'

'Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.'

'The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.'

'The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully'

'The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious'

'The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.'

'The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.'

'Thought is the parent of the deed.'

'War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle.'

'Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.'

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Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway
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