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We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.

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We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by. Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species.

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We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts.

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We ought not to judge of men’s merits by their qualifications, but by the use they make of them.

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We presuppose two things: that there is yet to be learned infinitely more than is now known, and that man can learn it.

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We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.

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We stand today on the edge of a new frontier-the frontier of the 1960s-a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils-a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.

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We want to go forward, but which way are we facing?

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Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.

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Were wisdom to be sold, she would give no price; every man is satisfied with the share he has from nature.

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What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.

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What a wonderful world this would be if there were as many wise people as there are cleaver people.

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What do you despise? By this are you truly known.

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What is good? All that enhances the feeling of power, the Will to Power, and the power itself in man. What is bad? All that proceeds from weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is increasing–that resistance has been overcome. Not contentment, but more power; not peace at any price, but war; not virtue, but competence. The first principle of our humanism: The weak and the failures shall perish. They ought even to be helped to perish.

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What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.

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What one knows is, in youth, of little moment; they know enough who know how to learn.

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What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

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Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger.

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When a man seems to be wise, it is merely that his follies are proportionate to his age and fortune.

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When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.

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