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I did not know what it was to be happy for a whole day at a time,
by Georg Brandes

I did not know what it was to be happy for a whole day at a time,
scarcely for an hour.
- Georg Brandes

The person upon whom the schoolboys' attention centred was,
of course, the Headmaster.
- Georg Brandes

I became an ardent, but never a specially good,
dancer.
- Georg Brandes

Birth was something that came quite unexpectedly,
and afterwards there was one child more in the house.
- Georg Brandes

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I was always hearing that I was pale and thin and small.
- Georg Brandes

When I was a little boy I did not, of course,
trouble much about my appearance.
- Georg Brandes

Poor is the power of the lead that becomes bullets
compared to the power of the hot metal that becomes types.
- Georg Brandes


 

Being gifted needs courage.
- Georg Brandes

I was at home then in the world of figures,
but not in that of values.
- Georg Brandes

I admired in others the strength that I lacked myself.
- Georg Brandes

I encountered among my comrades the most varied human traits,
from frankness to reserve, from goodness,
uprightness and kindness, to brutality and baseness.
- Georg Brandes

Among the delights of Summer were picnics to the woods.
- Georg Brandes

School is a foretaste of life.
- Georg Brandes

I was not given to looking at life in a rosy light.
- Georg Brandes

The stream of time sweeps away errors,
and leaves the truth for the inheritance of humanity.
- Georg Brandes

A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised
the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow,
and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion.
- Georg Brandes

But when I was twelve years old I caught my first strong
glimpse of one of the fundamental forces of existence,
whose votary I was destined to be for life -
namely,
Beauty.
- Georg Brandes

I was not afraid of what I did not like.
To overcome dislike of a thing often satisfied one's feeling of honour.
- Georg Brandes

The Danish glee: the national version of cheerfulness.
- Georg Brandes

On the whole, the world was friendly.
It chiefly depended on whether one were good or not.
- Georg Brandes

The war imbued my tin soldiers with quite a new interest.
It was impossible to have boxes enough of them.
- Georg Brandes

It was jolly in the country.
A cow and little pigs to play with and milk warm from the cow.
- Georg Brandes

Any feeling that I was enriching my mind from those
surrounding me was unfortunately rare with me.
- Georg Brandes

I came into the world two months too soon,
I was in such a hurry.
- Georg Brandes

That a literature in our time is living is shown in
that way that it debates problems.
- Georg Brandes

But I did not find any positive inspiration in my studies
until I approached my nineteenth year.
- Georg Brandes

I was a town child, it is true, but that did not prevent
me enjoying open-air life,
with plants and animals.
- Georg Brandes

But my doubt would not be overcome.
Kierkegaard had declared that it was only to the consciousness
of sin that Christianity was not horror or madness.
For me it was sometimes both.
- Georg Brandes

It gradually dawned upon me that there was no one more
difficult to please than my mother.
- Georg Brandes

He who does not understand a joke, he does not understand Danish.
- Georg Brandes

My first experiences of academic friendship made me
smile in after years when I looked back on them.
But my circle of acquaintances had gradually grown
so large that it was only natural new friendships should grow out of it.
- Georg Brandes

Six hours a day I lived under school discipline in
active intercourse with people none of whom were known to those at home,
and the other hours of the twenty-four I spent at home,
or with relatives of the people at home,
none of whom were known to anybody at school.
- Georg Brandes

My father, though, could run very much faster.
It was impossible to compete with him on the grass.
But it was astonishing how slow old people were.
Some of them could not run up a hill and called it trying to climb stairs.
- Georg Brandes

Just about this time, when in imagination I was so great a warrior,
I had good use in real life for more strength,
as I was no longer taken to school by the nurse,
but instead had myself to protect my brother,
two years my junior.
- Georg Brandes

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
- Sydney Harris

If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Every day I give thanks that I am me,
and that everything that has ever occurred in my life
happened exactly as it did -
however unpleasant it may have appeared at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I recognize that the person I was in my past
is not the person I am today.
That person did the very best they could,
given the knowledge, emotions, and prior experience
they had to draw upon at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God did not intend the human family to be wafted to
heaven on flowery beds of ease.
- Frank Knox

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get
tired of doing the hard work you already did.
- Newt Gingrich

Can you imagine young people nowadays making a study
of trigonometry for the fun of it? Well I did.
- Clyde Tombaugh

If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun.
When that happens I tell myself just to go out and
play as I did when I was a kid.
- Thomas J. Watson

Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here?
What is this thing called the world?
How did I come into the world?
Why was I not consulted?
And If I am compelled to take part in it,
Where is the director? I want to see him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

We did not change as we grew older;
we just became more clearly ourselves.
- Lynn Hall

I have been dairy free for several years,
and I started because I felt it was going to reduce my allergies,
which it did, and help me lose weight,
which it did.
- Fran Drescher

Power concedes nothing without a demand.
It never did and it never will.
- Frederick Douglass

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage,
and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
- Carly Fiorina

The crops were planted, tended, and harvested -
now the ground lies fallow, awaiting the new planting.
Did the year fail? I think not.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

My family knew, but most of the sporting world did
not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.
- Bill Toomey

I never did very well in math - I could never seem
to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally.
- Calvin Trillin


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