Conflict itself is, of course, a sign of relative health as you would know if you ever met really apathetic people, really hopeless people, people who have given up hoping, striving, and coping.
One can spend a lifetime assigning blame, find the cause 'out there' for all the troubles that exist. Contrast this with the 'responsible attitude' of confronting the situation, bad or good, and instead of asking, 'What caused the trouble ? Who was to blame ?' asking 'How can I handle this present situation to make the most of it ? What can I salvage here ?'
There are no perfect human beings ! My personal judgments are that no perfect human being is possible or even conceivable, but that human beings are far more improvable than most people believe.
It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self- realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be.
From Freud we learned that the past exists now in the person. Now we must learn, from growth theory and self-actualization theory that the future also now exists in the person in the form of ideals, hopes, duties, tasks, plans, goals, unrealized potentials, mission, fate, destiny, etc. One for whom no future exists is reduced to the concrete, to hopelessness, to emptiness.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
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For myself, I am an optimist -- it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
The calla lilies are in bloom again.
Terry Randall, Stage Door (1937)
I am not an animal ! I am a human being. I am a man.
John Merrick, The Elephant Man (1980)
There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure, it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
Robert H. Schuller
There is no beauty but the beauty of action.
Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but through their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth - brahman. Those who work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from god.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw
I was never tired of listening to his wisdom or imparting my own.
First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.
You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.
If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.
Would you like to come in ?
Aurora Greenway, Garrett Breedlove (1983)
To understand your parents love you must raise children yourself.
Now is wanted intense karma-yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. Then only will the people of the country be roused.
Kid, the next time I say, Let's go someplace like Bolivia, let's go someplace like Bolivia.
Butch Cassidy, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
We are what our thoughts have made us, so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live, they travel far.
Living, love and death are one thing, not divisive, not separated, not divorced, not in the field of time but it is completely a living, moving thing, indivisible. And that is immortal.
Love that is true never grows old.
Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
Steve McCroskey, Airplane (1980)
To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
Theodore H. White
Synergy is everywhere in nature. If you plant two plants close together, the roots commingle and improve the quality of soil so that both plants will grow better than if they were separated. If you put two pieces of wood together, they will hold much more weight than the total of the weight held by each separately. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One plus one equals three or more.
Come out, come out, wherever you are !
Max Cady, Cape Fear (1991)
Barring serious accidents, if you are not preoccupied with worry and you work hard, you can look forward to a reasonably lengthy existence. Its not the hard work that kills, its the worrying that kills.
We have merely scratched the surface of the store of knowledge which will come to us. I believe that we are now, a-tremble on the verge of vast discoveries - discoveries so wondrously important they will upset the present trend of human thought and start it along completely new lines.
Misfortunes often sharpen the genius.
Success is dependent upon the glands - sweat glands.
To be able to say how much love, is love but little.
Love is an energy which exists of itself. It is its own value.
I know that I will die laughing.
For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice. No paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.
Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back.
Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
It's your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude.
Authentic leaders have absorbed the fundamental fact of existence -- that you can't get around life's inherent contradictions. The leadership mind is spacious. It has ample room for the ambiguities of the world, for conflicting feelings, and for contradictory ideas. I believe that the central leadership attribute is the ability to manage polarity.
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
If they move, kill ' em.
Pike Bishop, The Wild Bunch (1969)
Wisdom is knowing what to do next.
David Starr Jordan
Personally, veda's convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young.
Ida Corwin, Mildred Pierce (1945)
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
The doctor should be opaque to his patients, and like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
Real love stories never have endings.
Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
Robert H. Schuller
Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
The only truly happy man is always a fighting optimist. Optimism includes not only altruism but also social responsibility, social courage and objectivity.
W. Beran Wolfe
It is never too late to be what we might have been
Love talked about can be easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible.
W. Stanley Mooneyham
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
Robert H. Goddard
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
You must be the change you want to see in the world.
Love is the universal thirst for a communion not merely of the senses, but of our whole nature.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
You don't understand ! I could've had class. I could've been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.
Terry Malloy, On The Waterfront (1954)
Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
King Mongkut, The King And (1956)
For children to take morality seriously they must be in the presence of adults who take morality seriously. And with their own eyes they must see adults take morality seriously.
William J. Bennett
What you are is god's gift to you, what you become is your gift to god.
Anthony Dalla Villa
The more you venture to live greatly, the more you will find within you what it takes to get on top of things and stay there.
Norman Vincent Peale
He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.
An army of a thousand is easy to find, but, ah, how difficult to find a general.
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, "I believe'' three times.
Norman Vincent Peale
Talkers are no good doers.
In Heaven the economy is run by the Germans, the French do the cooking, and the police are English. In Hell the economy is run by the French, the English do the cooking, and the police are German.
You must think of failure and defeat as the spring boards to new achievements, and to the next level of accomplishment.
Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching.
Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned.
William Butler Yeats
Obstacles are what appear when you take your eyes off your dreams.
I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others. I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.
Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us footprints in the sands of time.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
Only after you challenge your biases and stereotypes -- what Francis Bacon called the 'idols which beset men's minds' --can you help others do the same.
Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged , practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.
Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.
Help me ! Help me !
Andre Delambre, The Fly (1958)
In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.
Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser
It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look farther than you can see.
I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too !
The Wicked Witch Of The West, The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
I have spread my dreams under your feet , Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
William Butler Yeats
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.
Henry David Thoreau
One way to become enthusiastic is to look for the plus sign. To make progress in any difficult situation, you have to start with what's right about it and build on that.
Norman Vincent Peale
Censure is often useful, praise often deceitful.
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement
W. Clement Stone
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.
Booker T. Washington
Success is never ending, failure is never final.
Dr. Robert Schuller
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
Change your thoughts, change your life.
Love is the history of a woman's life, it is an episode in man's.
Germaine De Stael
There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
Norman Vincent Peale
The hero is no braver than the ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer