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“The men (and women) who build the future are those who know that greater things are yet to come, and that they themselves will help bring them about. Their minds are illumined by the blazing sun of hope. They never stop to doubt. They haven’t time.” – Melvin J. Evans

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I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. – Mother Teresa

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Neither my Ivy League degree nor the successful career that followed ever made me happy… The only thing that has worked is taking care of other people — wondering what would make them happy and doing my best to make it happen.
-PostSecret 4/15/08

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
-M. Kathleen Casey

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“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
– Marie Curie

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Flattery is all right if you don’t inhale.
– Adlai E. Stevenson

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“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”
– Gilda Radner

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“I searched through rebellion, drugs, diet, mysticism, religion, intellectualism, and much more, only to find that truth is basically simple and feels good, clear and right.”
– Armando “Chick” Corea

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We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet. – Margaret Mead, 1901-1978, American Cultural Anthropologist

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Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to the understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.
-Unknown

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The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.
– Stephen King

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There is something terrible yet soothing about returning to a place where you once lived. You are one of your own memories.
-Mary Morris

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There are chapters in every life which are seldom read and certainly not aloud.
Carol Shields

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Good people, belonging as they do to the normal, and so, commonplace, type, are artistically uninteresting. Bad people are, from the point of view of art, fascinating studies. They represent colour, variety, and strangeness. Good people exasperate one’s reason; bad people stir one’s imagination.
-Oscar Wilde

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Everything in life is based on daring
-Martin Buber

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Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the small, quite voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
Unknown

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To be nobody but myself – In a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make me somebody else – means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight, and never stop fighting.
– EE Cummings

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What is it that you lost that you are grieving for? What is it that you brought into this world, that you have lost? Whatever you gained, you gained from this world. Whatever you lost, you lost to this world. What Belongs to you today, Belonged to someone else yesterday and will belong to someone else tomorrow.
-The Hindu Scripture – Bhagavad Gita

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“I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.”
– Susan Sontag
Contributed by Reenie Miller at http://followyourdreams.com

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“We love those who know the worst of us and don’t turn their faces away.”
– Walker Percy

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“Hear you laughing and my soul is saved
– Chris Cornell

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“To me, fair friend, you never can be old. For as you were when first your eye I eyed. Such seems your beauty still.
– William Shakespeare

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If you love life, life will love you back.
-Artur Rubinstein

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For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
– Alfred D. Souza

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Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion.
-Unknown

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
– Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese Poet and Novelist

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The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
– Robert Hughes

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Nothing is going to change so much that you’re not going to be my best friend.
-Unknown

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Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
– GB Shaw

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Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.
– Mark Twain

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You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. – George Horace Lorimer, 1867-1937, American Editor and Writer

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The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. – Socrates, 470-399 B.C., Greek Philosopher

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“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.” -Lin Yutang

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I have accepted fear as part of life–specifically the fear of change. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says turn back.
-Erica Jong (submitted by Jillin2001)

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Age is all imagination. Ignore years and they’ll ignore you.
-Ella Wheeler-Wilcox

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Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.
– William S. Burroughs, 1914-1997, American Novelist and Philosopher

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With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves. – Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American Social Writer

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“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
1884-1962, American First Lady, Columnist and Lecturer

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“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
– Mark Twain

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One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.
-Rebecca Falls

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i would write something inspirational in this signature, but you should find inspiration in yourself.. and not a signature.

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Music is the key to my soul and it is what I live for. If it weren’t for music I would be completely lost. It saved my life

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I came to hear and be heard.
To befriend and be befriended.
To trust and be trusted.
To help and be helped.
To love and be loved.

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Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ Why We Can’t Wait 1963

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A man’s greatest strength develops at the point where he overcomes his greatest weakness.
– Elmer G. Letterman

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There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position and be bruised in a new place.
– Washington Irving

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“Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means that you’ve become a comfortable, trusted element in another person’s life.”
 -Dr. Joyce Brothers

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“The greatest assassin of life is haste, the desire to reach things before the right time – which means overreaching them.” -Juan Ramon Jimenez

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“the only people u need n life r the ones that prove they need u in theirs”

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“Use soft words in hard arguments.” -H.G. Bohn, 1955

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There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.
-Voltaire

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What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
– John Stuart Mill

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Some of us learn from other peoples mistakes. The rest of us are the other people.
– Unknown

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In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth – – teaching others.
– Ibn Gabirol, poet and philosopher ( c. 1022-1058 )

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Fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live, at least for a while. And, dying in your beds, manyyears from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance – – just one chance – – to come back here and tell your enemies, that they may take our lieves, but they’ll never take our freedom!
– William Wallace

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Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
– Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, 1893, Act I

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Relationships of all kinds are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remians where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remian intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.
– Kaleel Jamison

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The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with lontging for the things it has forbidden to itself.
– Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

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“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
– Scott Adams

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“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell’em, ‘certainly I can!’ – and get busy and find out how to do it.”
Theodore Roosevelt
1858-1919, Twenty-Sixth U.S. President

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It takes a real storm in the average person’s life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.
-Unknown

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“Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.”
– Lady Bird Johnson

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Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
-Unknown ( submitted by lynneking1178 )

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Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.
-Voltaire

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It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

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“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own instead of someone else’s.”
– Billy Wilder

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The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
– Aristotle, 384-322 B.C., Greek Philosopher

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“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”
Virginia Satir
Family Therapist, Lecturer, Trainer and Author

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“Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.”
– Louisa May Alcott

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
Jawaharlal Nehru
1889-1964, Indian Nationalist, Statesman

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People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.
-Daily Bread (submitted by Joanne6030)

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And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
-Abraham Lincoln

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I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish. – Michelangelo, 1475-1564, Italian Renaissance Sculptor and Painter

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Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to.
-Anonymous

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“We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason ourselves into it.”
– William Butler Yeats

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“Loyalty is something you give regardless of what you get back, and in giving loyalty, you’re getting more loyalty; and out of loyalty flow other great qualities.”
Charles “Tremendous” Jones
Speaker and Author

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No smile is more beautiful than the one that struggles through tears.
– Unknown

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You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
– GB Shaw

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When you’ve got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.
– Colson’s law

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“The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, the amphitheatres, for wild beasts to fight in.” – Voltaire

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What chance has made yours is not really yours. (Non est tuum, fortuna quod fecit tuum.)
– Lucilius

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Some books leave us fee and some books make us free.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A good book is the purest essence of a human soul.
– Thomas Carlyle

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“It is what we learn after we know it all that really counts.” -John Wooden

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“Offerings of food have been breaking down barriers for centuries.” -Estee Lauder

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We act as though comfort and luxurty were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
– Charles Kingsley

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Sadness flies away on the wings of time.
– Jean de La Fontaine

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Through our character is formed by circumstances, our own desires can do much to shape those circumstances; and what is really inspiriting and ennobling in the doctrine of free will is the conviction that we have real power over the formation of our o…”
John Stuart Mill

‘Though our character is formed by circumstances, our own desires can do much to shape those circumstances; and that what is really inspiriting and ennobling in the doctrine of free-will, is the conviction that we have real power over the formation of our own character; that our will, by influencing some of our circumstances, can modify our future habits or capabilities of willing.’ (Mill J. S., Autobiography, 1873)

http://www.humanities.mq.edu.au/Ockham/y6403.html
http://www.thatreligiousstudieswebsite.com/Articles/Ethics/Determinism_and_Freewill/freewill_resolutions.html

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You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.
–Robert Frost

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“Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.” -Adlai Stevenson

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“The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers.
– Sir John Egan

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“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.”
– Tuli Kupferberg

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Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.
-Dodie Smith

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Every time we open our mouths, men look into our minds.
-Anonymous

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The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express. – Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English Philosopher/Essayist/Statesman

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Some pursue happiness, others create it.
-Anonymous

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If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
-Buddha

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“Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence.”
James Allen
1864-1912, Author of As A Man Thinketh

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“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”
Earl Nightingale
1921-1989, Radio Announcer, Author and Speaker

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“In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

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[Some people] have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.
-A.H. Maslow

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“The great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart.”
– Mencius

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What I am doing today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
-Unknown (submitted by blacat)

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These then are my last words to you. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create that fact.
– William James

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Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
– Maugham’s Thought

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“You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.”
Sidney A. Friedman
Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author

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He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.
-Horace

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All kids are gifted; some just open their packages earlier than others.
-Michael Carr

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People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live… [We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.
– Albert Einstein in a letter to Otto Juliusburger

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Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.
– Unknown

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“Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.” -Unknown

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If you are good, be better.

-Anonymous

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A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Marcus T. Cicero, 106-43 B.C., Roman Orator and Politician

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“The man or woman who treasures his friends is usually solid gold himself.”
Marjorie Holmes
Author

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Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life
– Sophia Loren

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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
-Philo

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“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
– e. e. cummings

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The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. – Source Unknown

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“The simple step of writing down your ideal scene can lead you to discover the unfailing natural laws of manifestation.”
Marc Allen, Author of The Greatest Secret of All: Moving Beyond Abundance to a Life of True Fulfillment

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“You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing. Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something! The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.”
Norman Vincent Peale
1898-1993, Pastor, Speaker and Author

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“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

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Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
-Frank Leahy

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“We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.”
– Shana Alexander

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You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
– Friedrich Nietsche

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The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.
 – Denis Watley

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Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.
– Alan Alda

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Forgiveness is having the courage to take down the walls that we think are there to protect us.
-Suztes40

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Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow! Grow!”
-The Talmud

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“No one can really pull you up very high — you lose your grip on the rope. But on your own two feet you can climb mountains.”
– Louis Brandeis

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I am too blessed to be stressed!
-Anonymous

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“One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
– Sigmund Freud

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The whole worth of a kind deed is in the love that inspires it.
-The Talmud

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“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.”
Sidney Greenberg

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“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”
Charles Richards

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‘In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.’
– John Ruskin

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Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
– Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French Poet/Dramatist/Novelist

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I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
– Muhammad Ali, Legendary American Boxer

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“To have that sense of one’s intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything.”
– Joan Didion

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The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.
-Unknown

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The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.
– Jean de La Bruyère, 1645-1696, French Essayist

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“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
– Peter Drucker
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Speak when you’re angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.
-Lawrence J. Peter

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“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”
– Zig Ziglar, Author and Speaker

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“When you speak of someone or about someone, you should speak as though they were in the room with you. The ears that you speak to today are attached to the mouth that could relay the message tomorrow.”
– William ‘Biddy’ Allen, 1903-2001, Bus Driver and Loving father of 7 children

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It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
– Claude Bernard, 1813-1878, French Physiologist

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“Whether or not we realize it each of us has within us the ability to set some kind of example for people. Knowing this would you rather be the one known for being the one who encouraged others, or the one who inadvertently discouraged those around you?”
– Josh Hinds, Syndicated Columnist and Author

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It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.
– Martin Van Buren, 1782-1862, 8th President of the United States

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“Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.”
– Josh Billings

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“Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little.”
– Plutarch

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“It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.”
– Queen Christina

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“We lift ourselves by our thought. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always everywhere.”
-Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924, Author and Founder of Success Magazine

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Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.
– Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American Industrialist and Founder of Ford Motor Company

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“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.”
– Mary Catherine Bateson

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“I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.”
–  Rabbi Hillel

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If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day—go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month—get married.
If you want happiness for a year—inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime—help others.

-Chinese Proverb

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The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882, American Poet

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We grow a little every time we do not take advantage
of somebody’s weakness.
– Bern Williams

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If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
-Unknown

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“What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.”
– Matina Horner

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That they may have a little peace, even the best dogs are compelled to snarl occasionally.
-William Feather

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“People of character do the right thing, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world.”
Actor and Author of Michael Josephson
Radio Commentator

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The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
-Confucius

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“Believe that you can do it, under any circumstances. Because if you believe you can, then you really will. That belief just keeps you searching for the answers, then pretty soon you get it.”
– Wally “Famous” Amos

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“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”
Marian Wright Edelman
Lobbyist on Behalf of Children

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Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.
– Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish Artist and Painter

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“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.”
-Edward R. Murrow

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“Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.”
~Og Mandino (American Essayist and Psychologist, 1923-1996)

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“Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly.”
-Thomas Jefferson

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“I have four things to learn in life: to think clearly without hurry or confusion; to love everybody sincerely; to act in everything with the highest motives; to trust in God unhesitatingly.”
-Albert Schweitzer

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“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.”
-Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

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“A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants a shade tree under which he knows full well he will never sit.”
-Elton Trueblood

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“The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can’t ignore it, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh at it; if you can’t laugh at it, it’s probably deserved.”
-Russell Lynes

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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong… Hatred can be overcome only by love.”
-Mahatma Gandhi

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What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.
– Matina Horner

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It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts.          — Jim Rohn

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“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire.”
 Fred Shero quotes

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“The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it”
 Ray Kroc quotes (American pioneer of the fast-food industry, Founder of McDonald’s. 1902-1984)

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“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.”

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“The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you’re playing by somebody else’s rules, while quietly playing by your own.”
 Michael Konda quotes

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It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
– Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian Political Philosopher and Statesman

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If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.
– Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986, Indian Religious Philosopher

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The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.
– John Lubbock, 1834-1913, English Archaeologist/Naturalist/Politician

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“Always behave like a duck — keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.”
– Jacob Braude

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“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”
-Winston Churchill

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“It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.”
– Sister Elizabeth Kenny
Australian Nurse

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“Do not say things. What you are stands over you the while and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
– Annie Dillard

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“A man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.”
-Ben Hecht

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The secret to all successful relationships is to ask yourself:  “Do I want to be right?  Or do I want a wonderful relationship?” 
~Shawna Schuh

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“A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.”
– Lord Chesterfield (British Statesman, Diplomat and Wit, 1694-1773)

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“You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing.”
-Marie Stopes

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Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
– Anatole France, 1844-1924, French Author

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It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out–it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.
-Robert Service

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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
-Henry Ford

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To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.
-Baruch Spinoza

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“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”
– Henry Van Dyke

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Reputation is character minus what you’ve been caught doing.
-Michael Iapoce

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The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.
– Source Unknown

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“The average man is more interested in a woman who is interested in him, than he is in a woman – any woman – with beautiful legs.”
-Marlene Dietrich

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“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
– Robin Williams

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“The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask.”
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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“We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.”
– Shana Alexander

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 If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

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“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
– Anna Quindlen

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The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice…it is conformity.
~ Rollo May, Man’s Search for Himself.

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“No one means all he says, and yet few say all they mean. For words are slippery and thought is vicious.”
-Henry Brooks Adams

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“The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.”
-Fred Astaire

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“The Noah rule: Predicting rain doesn’t count; building arks does.”
– Warren Buffett

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What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
-Ellen Burstyn

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Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
-Suzanne Somers

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“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.”
-Bertrand Russell

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“We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.”
– Shana Alexander

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‘Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.’
– John Updike

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“Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative person looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.”  -Robert Wieder

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“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common – this is my symphony.” ~William Channing (American moralist, Unitarian Clergyman and Author, 1780-1842)
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“Creative thinking may simply mean the realization that there is no particular virtue in doing things the way they have always been done.”
 -Rudolph Flesch

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“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
– Will Rogers

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Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible.
-William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

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“Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.”
– From Baltasar Gracin y Morales

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Sometimes it is a form of love just to talk to somebody
that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
-Anonymous

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Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either.
-Golda Meir

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Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty. It merely moves from their faces to their hearts.
-Martin Buxbaum

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“It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.”
– Anatole France

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Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.
-Buddha

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Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
 – Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965, Alsatian Theologian/Musician/Medical Missionary

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There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.
– Jessica Hatchigan

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My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just to enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.
-Thornton Wilder

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“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
– Thomas Jefferson

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Be yourself. No one can ever tell you you’re doing it wrong.
-James Leo Herlihy

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“So what do we do? Anything – something. So long as we don’t just sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.”
 – Lee Iacocca, Former Chairman of Chrysler Corporation

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“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
– Carl Jung

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Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.
-Bruce Crampton

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It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
– Ursula K. Le Guin, American Author

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Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
 – Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Statesman and Literary Figure

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“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”
– Louis L’Amour

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Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possiblity.
-Oprah Winfrey

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“When plans are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances fit in with them.”
 – Sir William Osler
1849-1919, Physician

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“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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Never argue with a fool. Someone watching may not be able to tell the difference.
– Source Unknown

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Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.
– Anonymous

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“People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning.”
– Lao-Tzu

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The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
– Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-born American Physicist

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“When you paint success pictures in your mind, you initiate an inner process whereby your attitudes, hopes, aspirations, and enthusiasm are elevated in response to an image of a more promising future. Every person who aspires must first sell themselves hope, the promise of a better life.”
 – U.S. Andersen
Author and Speaker

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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.” 
 – Jesse Owens
1913-1980, Gold Medal Olympic Track Athlete

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All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
– Galileo Galilei, 1564-1642, Italian Physicist and Astronomer

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The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.
– Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, American Speaker/Motivational
Writer/Author of “Think and Grow Rich”

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“A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.”
-Henry David Thoreau

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“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
 -Andre Gide

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“Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.”
-Wilfred T. Grenfell

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“Politeness is the art of selecting among one’s real thoughts.”
-Madame de Stael

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If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
– Stephen Levine

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People change and forget to tell each other.
– Lillian Hellman

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Friendship isn’t a big thing; it’s a million little things.
– Source Unknown

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“The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains.” -Marcel Proust

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“When we can begin to take our failures nonseriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.”
– Katherine Mansfield

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“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we are forced to concentrate on activity and ultimately become enslaved by it.” -Chuck Coonradt

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Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.
– Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, British Author and Clergyman

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other
people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out
your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow
your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly
want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
~Steve Jobs (American Entrepreneur Apple co-Founder, b.1955)

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“Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything that they do not make clear.”
-Joseph Joubert (French Essayist and moralist, 1754-1824)

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There may be more to learn from climbing the same mountain a hundred times than by climbing a hundred different mountains.
-Richard Nelson

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“Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.”
 – Charles “Tremendous” Jones, Speaker and Author

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“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” -Abraham Lincoln

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A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.
-Arnold Glasgow

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“People who say that life is not worthwhile are really saying that they themselves have no personal goals which are worthwhile. Get yourself a goal worth working for. Better still, get yourself a project. Always have something ahead of you to look forward to…to work for and hope for.”
 
Dr. Maxwell Maltz, Author of Psycho-Cybernetics

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There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
– Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French Poet/Dramatist/Novelist

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To see things in the seed, that is genius.
-Lao-Tzu

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“A scatterbrain is one who never has an unspoken thought.”
-Henry Ford

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“A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.”
-Alexander Pope, 1711

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“Our greatest happiness… does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson

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“As you think, you travel; and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. You cannot escape the result of your thoughts, but you can endure and learn, can accept and be glad. You will realize the vision (not the idle wish), of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always gravitate towards that which you, secretly, most love. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your thoughts; you will receive that which you earn; no more, no less. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” ~ James Lane Allen

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“I’m most happy when I’m moving forward towards a goal but enjoying the process as I go – which is a choice.”
~ Shawna Schuh

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“A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s heaven for?”
~ Robert Browning

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“There are two kinds of leaders in the world today; those who are interested in the fleece, and those who are interested in the flock.”

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“To-day a reader, to-morrow a leader.”
~ W. Fusselman

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“The man who is worthy of being a leader of men will never complain about the stupidity of his helpers, the ingratitude of mankind nor the in appreciation of the public. These are all a part of the great game of life. To meet them and overcome them and not to go down before them in disgust, discouragement or defeat – that is the final proof of power.”
~ William J. H. Boetcker

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“Kindness is like snow; it makes everything it covers beautiful.”

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“True love doesn’t have a happy ending; true love
doesn’t have an ending.”

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“This will be a better world when the power of
love replaces the love of power.”

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“One kind word can warm three winter months.”
~ Japanese Proverb

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“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”
~ William Wordsworth

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“Courtesy is doing that which nothing under the sun makes you do but human kindness. Courtesy springs from the heat; if the mind prompts the action, there is a reason; if there be a reason, it is not courtesy, for courtesy has no reason. Courtesy is good will, and good will is prompted by the heart full of love to be kind. Only the generous man is truly courteous. He gives freely without a thought of receiving anything in return.
~ B.C. Forbes

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“Courtesy is the shortest distance between two people.”
~ Anonymous

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“When a person shows great courtesy they show great character.”
~ Shawna Schuh

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“A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.”
~ Charles Darwin

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“The bad news is times flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”
~ Michael Althsuler

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“What we love to do we find time to do.”
~ John L. Spalding

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“Time spent investing in learning produces the greatest return.”
~ Shawna Schuh

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A problem well stated is a problem half solved.
– Charles F. Kettering, 1876-1958, American Engineer and Inventor

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Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.
– Charlie Parker, 1920-1955, American Jazz Saxophonist and Composer

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“Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Few have excellence thrust upon them – they achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly by doing what comes naturally and they don’t stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.'” 
– John William Gardner, 1912-2002, Psychologist, U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare

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“Drive thy business or it will drive thee.”
– Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

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I’m looking forward to looking back on all this.
-Sandra Knell

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“One of the great undiscovered joys of life comes from doing everything one attempts to the best of one’s ability. There is a special sense of satisfaction, a pride in surveying such a work, a work which is rounded, full, exact, complete in its parts, which the superficial person who leaves his or her work in a slovenly, slipshod, half-finished condition, can never know. It is this conscientious completeness which turns any work into art. The smallest task, well done, becomes a miracle of achievement.”
– Og Mandino

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“If I feel depressed I will sing. If I feel sad I will laugh. If I feel ill I will double my labor. If I feel fear I will plunge ahead. If I feel inferior I will wear new garments. If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. If I feel incompetent I will think of past success. If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. Today I will be the master of my emotions.”
– Og Mandino

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“I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.”
– Og Mandino

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“The only certain means of is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.”
– Og Mandino

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“Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.”
– Og Mandino

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“What do you want to get done? In what order of importance? Over what period of time? What is the time available? What is the best strategy for application of time to projects for the most effective results?”
– Ted W. Engstrom

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“Concentrating on the essentials. We will then be accomplishing the greatest possible results with the effort expended.”
– Ted W. Engstrom

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“What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.”
– Arnold Palmer

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“The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication.”
– Michael Faraday

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“Success in any endeavor requires single-minded attention to detail and total concentration.”
– Willie Sutton

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“MBAs know everything but understand nothing.”
– Lee Iacocca

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“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.”
– Lee Iacocca

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“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.”
– Lee Iacocca

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“You’ve got to say, ”I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it.” It’s called perseverance.”
– Lee Iacocca

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“My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset.”
– Jack Nicklaus

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“You can do only one thing at a time. I simply tackle one problem and concentrate all efforts on what I am doing at the moment.”
– Maxwell Maltz

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“The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything”
– Lee Iacocca

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“The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do – by yourself, upon your own initiative.”
– Harry Browne

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“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
– Stephen R. Covey

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“Initiative is key. Anybody who wants to be somebody is going to work as hard as they can to fulfill that dream.”
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“The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do – by yourself, upon your own initiative.”
–  Harry Browne

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“People are not the best because they work hard, they work hard because they are the best”

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“Work is the true elixir of life. The busiest man is the happiest man.”

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“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.”
– William Osler

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“In all the work we do, our most valuable asset can be the attitude of self-examination. It is forgivable to make mistakes, but to stand fast behind a wall of self-righteousness and make the same mistake twice is not forgivable.”
– Dale E. Turner

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“Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.”
– Edward Gibbon

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“Living is something everyone can do, but few actually experience”

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“Who doesn’t know how to enjoy luck when it comes, should not complain when it passes him by”
– Miguel de Cervantes

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“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
– Paulo Coelho

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“Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.”
–  Edward Teller

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“Life is a verb.”
– Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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“Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.”
– Edith Wharton

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“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it
seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that
you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things:
a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that
regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re
gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as
making a life. I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both
hands; you need to be able to throw some things back. I’ve learned that whenever
I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve
learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that
every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or
just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
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

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“Life is a handful of short stories, pretending to be a novel”

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“As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to live it more and more”
– Jules Renard

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“Celebrate we will for life is short but sweet for certain”
-Dave Mathews Band

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“Life is short; live it up.”
– Nikita Khrushchev

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“I’d like to think the best of me was still hiding up in my sleeve.”
– John Mayer

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“Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.”
– Grace Hansen

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“A life without love is like a year without summer.”
– Swedish Proverb

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“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
– Laura Ingalls Wilder

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“May you live all the days of your life.”
– Jonathan Swift

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The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
– Henry Miller

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In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”
– Robert Frost

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“Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.”
 – Richard Bach

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“Life is a contradiction at times – as are we”

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“The less routine the more life.”
-Amos Bronson Alcott

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“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

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“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it you can.”

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“Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.”

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“In this world full of pain and sorrow, maybe once in a lifetime, you’ll find someone who will make you feel wonderful. Hang on to that someone no matter what!”

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“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”
-Unknown

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“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.”
– Unknown

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“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”
– Judy Garland

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“You haven’t lost your smile at all, it’s right under your nose. You just forgot it was there.”
-Unknown

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“There’s no half-singing in the shower, you’re either a rock star or an opera diva.”
 Josh Groban

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“People have to really suffer before they can risk doing what they love.”
– Chuck Palahniuk

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“We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.” 
Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, Author of The True Believer

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We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
– Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, 16th President of the United States

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People always remember the second half.
– Graham Taylor, English Soccer Manager and Player

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We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.'” 
William Penn, 1644-1718, Religious Leader and founder of Pennsylvania

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“I want you to get swept away. I want you to levitate. I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a dervish. Be deliriously happy. Or at least leave yourself open to be. I know it’s a cornball thing but love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with? I say fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart… Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love — well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived… Stay open. Who knows? Lightning could strike.”
– Bill Parrish to his daugther in Meet Joe Black

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Every man has three characters: that which he shows, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
-Alphonse Karr

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“The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.'” 
Barbara Pletcher, Author

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“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.'” 
Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, Political Theorist and Writer
 
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“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”
– Harvey Fierstein

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Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
-Annette Funicello (submitted by reginawags)

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We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
– Oprah Winfrey

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Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
-Dr. Seuss

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Climb up on some hill at sunrise. Everybody needs perspective once in a while, and you’ll find it there.
-Robb Sagendorph

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The world is not yet exhausted; let me see something tomorrow which I never saw before.
-Samuel Johnson

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Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.
-Will Rogers

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It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
-Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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“Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.”
– Louisa May Alcott

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Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
-Janis Joplin

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I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
-Arthur Rubenstein

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Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules.
– Ashleigh Brilliant, English-born Author and Cartoonist

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The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” 
Mark Caine, Author

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Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
– Anatole France, 1844-1924, French Author and Nobel Prize Winner

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If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.
– Lee Iacocca, American Industrialist and Automobile Executive

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Elbow grease is the best polish.
-English Proverb

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Accessing any emotion is like entering a dark room and flipping on a switch. If you choose to experience a certain feeling, you simply have to turn it on.
– Peggy McColl, Canadian Author and Goal Achievement Expert

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The days are too short even for love; how can there be enough time for quarreling?
-Margaret Gatty

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To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.
-Anonymous

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“Calmness is the cradle of power.”
– Josiah Gilbert Holland

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You are younger today than you ever will be again. Make use of it for the sake of tomorrow.
-Anonymous

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“There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, ‘We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.'”
– Jim Collins

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“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”
– Virginia Satir

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“The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence.”
– Bruce Springsteen

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You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896-1940, American Author

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“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”
– Leo Rosten

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“Time wasted is existence; used, it is life.”
 – Anon

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“The be-all and end-all of life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world.”
– Bertie Charles Forbes

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Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
-St. Francis de Sales

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He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate.
– Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, American Author/Critic/Naturalist

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Polite conversation is rarely either.
– Fran Lebowitz, American Writer and Humorist

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What is a friend? A single soul shared by two people.
-Aristotle (submitted by Monique)

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Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it’s the time when they most need to think.
– Bill Clinton

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Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
-Unknown

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Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work.
-Anna Quindlen (submitted by Snike421)

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Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
-Warren Buffet

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One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks.
-Jack Penn

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“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.”
– Gail Sheehy

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The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
-Kahlil Gibran

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In whatever position you find yourself determine first your objective.
 – Ferdinand Foch, 1851-1929, French Soldier

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The greatest weariness comes from work not done.
– Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American Social Writer

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“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”
– Richard Bach

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When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
-Ethiopian proverb

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“If you want a place in the sun, you’ve got to put up with a few blisters.”
– Abigail Van Buren

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Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day. – Source Unknown

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“To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“Just living isn’t enough,” said the butterfly, “one must also have freedom, sunshine, and a little flower.”
-Hans Christian Anderson (submitted by vvivv)

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Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
-Howard Thurman

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“I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.”
– Julia Cameron

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People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.
– Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American Social Writer

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“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to achieving your dreams.” 
Og Mandino, 1923-1996, Author

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Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.
– Spanish proverb

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God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
-Aughey

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It takes courage to show your dreams to someone else.
-Erma Bombeck

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I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a
maybe who is reaching for a star. I’d rather be a has-been than a
might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has nevër been, but a has
was once an are. – Milton Berle, 1908-2002, American Comedian known as
“Uncle Miltie”

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No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.
-Francois Muriac

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“In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

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Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.
-Alexis Carrel

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I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.
– Boris Becker, German-born Tennis Player

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One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.
-Rebecca Falls

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“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go…purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything…whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” 
Tina Turner
Singer 

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To reach a great height a person needs to have great depth. – Source
Unknown

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I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

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“Action is the antidote to despair.”
– Joan Baez

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“When plans are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances fit in with them.” 
Sir William Osler
1849-1919, Physician

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Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. –
Charlie Chaplin, 1889-1977, English-born Comedic Actor and Director
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Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
-Erick Golnik

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People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you’ll know exactly what to do.
-Michelle Ventor

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Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter
how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain
it: work. – Jack Nicklaus, American Golfer

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A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of
everything else. – Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American Actress

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When all else is lost, the future still remains.
– Christian Nevell Bovee,
1820-1904, American Author and Lawyer

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Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud. –
Hermann Hesse, 1877-1962, German Writer and Nobel Prïze Winner

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“Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.” 
Tom Clancy
Top Selling Author

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“All of the great achievers of the past have been visionary figures; they were men and women who projected into the future. They thought of what could be, rather than what already was, and then they moved themselves into action, to bring these things into fruition.” 
Bob Proctor
Author and Speaker

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Everything you can imagine is real.
– Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish
Artist and Painter

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“It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.”

– Queen Christina

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Nevër do anything that you wouldn’t want to explain to the paramedics. –
Source Unknown

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Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

-Socrates

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To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. – Thomas
Edison, 1847-1931, American Inventor/Entrepreneur/Founder of General
Electric

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“We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason ourselves into it.”

– William Butler Yeats

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Love is not finding someone to live with; It’s finding someone you can’t live without -Rafael Ortiz

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If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.
  – Sir Francis Bacon

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Trip over love, you can get up.  Fall in love and you fall forever.  ~Author Unknown

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He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.  ~Leo Tolstoy

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Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.  ~Peter Ustinov
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Love is the poetry of the senses.  ~Honoré de Balzac
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If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.  ~Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

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“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.” – Unknown

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“Today is Valentine’s Day – or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day!” – Jay Leno

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Television is a chewing gum for the eyes. -Frank Lloyd Wright

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The remarkable thing about television is that it permits several million people to laugh at the same joke and still feel lonely. -T.S. Eliot

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Art is moral passion married to entertainment.  Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.  ~Rita Mae Brown

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Theatre is life.  Cinema is art.  Television is furniture.  ~Author Unknown

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Technology… is a queer thing.  It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.  ~C.P. Snow, New York Times, 15 March 1971

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I wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence.  There’s a knob called “brightness,” but that doesn’t work.  ~Author Unknown

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It’s hard to decide if TV makes morons out of everyone or if it mirrors Americans who really are morons to begin with.
Martin Mull (1943 – )

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Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary
before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes,
is certain for those who are friends.
– Richard Bach

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The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
  – Stephen Jay Gould

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You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.
  – Ray Bradbury

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Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation. – Unknown

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
– Abraham Lincoln

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You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.
– John Mason

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Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these. – Susan B. Anthony

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The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
– Benjamin Disraeli

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Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
  – Ellen Goodman

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Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.  ~Author Unknown

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Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. 
~From a headstone in Ireland

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Think once, before you give, twice before you take
and a thousand times before you ask for something.
– Marie of Ebner-Eschenbach

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“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
  – Robert Frost

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“You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.”

Anna Quindlen
Essayist and Novelist

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We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
  – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
– Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, Former First Lady of the United States

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Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. -William A. Ward

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The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. – Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Statesman and Prime Minister

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The reason so few people are successful is no one has yet found a way for someone to sit down and slide uphill.

-W. Clement Stone (submitted by Bluejay916)

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“A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.”

Rita Mae Brown
Author

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Talk low, talk slow, and don’t talk too much. – John Wayne, 1907-1979,
American Movie Actor and Director

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I praise loudly. I blame softly. – Catherine the Great, 1729-1796, Russian
Empress

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“You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.”

Barbara Sher
Author of “I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was”

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What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with
diligence. – Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English Author and Critic

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“Laughter is the closest distance between two people.”

– Victor Borge

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Washington is the only place where sound travels faster than light.
  – CVR Thompson

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Every winner has scars.
– Herbert N. Casson, 1869-1951, Canadian-born
Author and Clergyman