Frank Crane (1861–1928)

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.”

“Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fiber.”

“The Golden Rule is of no use to you whatever unless you realize it is your move.”

“It takes so little to make people happy. Just a touch, If we know how to give it, just a word fitly spoken, a slight readjustment of some bolt or pin or bearing in the delicate machinery of a soul.”

“What is a friend? I will tell you… it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.”

“A good motto is: Use friendliness but do not use your friends.”

“You do not succeed because you do not know what you want, but because you don’t want it intensely enough.”

“Education is the fire-proofer of emotions”

“Habits are safer than rules; you don’t have to watch them. And you don’t have to keep them either. They keep you.”

“Most of the things we decide are not what we know to be the best. We say yes, merely because we are driven into a corner and must say something.”

“Next, in importance to books are their titles.”

“Your sole contribution to the sum of things is yourself.”

“What you want to be eventually, that you must be every day; and by and by the quality of your deeds will get down into your soul.”

“If you would inform, a positive and dogmatic manner in advancing your sentiments may provoke contradiction and prevent a candid attention. If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fixed in your present opinions, modest, sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error.”

 

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