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Van Brooks Quotes

Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere.
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#Jealousy

Nothing is so soothing to our self esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.
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#Ancestry #Self

There is no stopping the world's tendency to throw off imposed restraints, the religious authority that is based on the ignorance of the many, the political authority that is based on the knowledge of the few
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#Authority

A man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man. The instructed man is ashamed to pronounce in an orphic manner what everybody knows, and because he is silent people think he is making fun of them. They like a man who expresses their own superficial thoughts in a manner that appears to be profound. This enables them to feel that they are themselves profound.
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#Courage #Speakers And Speaking

Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright.
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#Genius

If men were basically evil, who would bother to improve the world instead of giving it up as a bad job at the outset?
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#Evil

The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, . . . by newspapers and the Bible.
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#Books And Reading

Those of our writers who have possessed a vivid personal talent have been paralyzed by a want of social background.
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#Talent

People of small caliber are always carping. They are bent on showing their own superiority, their knowledge or prowess or good breeding.
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#Knowledge

The man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man.
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#Courage