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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  Blosse Intelligenz ohne correspondirende Energie des Wollens ist ein blankes Schwert in der Scheide, verächtlich, wenn es nie und nimmer gezückt wird—Mere intelligence without corresponding energy of the will is a polished sword in its scabbard, contemptible, if it is never drawn forth.  1
  Not what the man knows, but what he wills, determines his worth or unworth, his strength or weakness, his happiness or misery.  2
  Nothing is more significant of the philosophy of a man than the footing on which he stands with his body. The Cynic neglects it, the Sybarite makes profit out of it, the Trappist disowns it, and the Idealist forgets it.  3
  Quiet continuity of life is the principle of human happiness.  4
  The command “thou shalt” is in all circumstances a hard one, unless it is softened down by the adjunct “for that which ‘thou shalt’ is just the same as that which rationally thou also willest.”  5
  What a man wills, not what he knows, determines his worth or unworth, his power or impotence, his happiness or unhappiness.  6

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