Order is PowerOur duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to ourpowers.Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins forman with self-surrender.Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated bycontagion.Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law ofsocieties.Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion andretain its self command.Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion ofthankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown inacts.The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, neverdecides.To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what isimpossible for talent is the mark of genius.To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be ableto guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might apiece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction andvary the song.-Henri frederic AmielFear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies;for the hardest victory is over self.Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base andbelongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, whilethe other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses theuniversal, and history only the particular.The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing justacts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.