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To be in love is merely to be in a state of perpetual anesthesia. To mistake an ordinary young man for a greek god or an ordinary young woman for a goddess.

H.L. Mencken

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

H.L. Mencken

I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.

H.L. Mencken

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They will rise highest who strive for the highest place.

Latin Proverb

Peace can not be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

Albert Einstein

My friends are my estate.

Emily Dickinson

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

Kahlil Gibran

Never bring the problem solving stage into the decision making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution.

Robert H. Schuller

Most of the exercise I get is from standing and walking around laboratory tables all day. I derive more benefit and entertainment from this than some of my friends and competitors get from playing games like golf.

Thomas Edison

The first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.

William Osler

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time, it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

Sydney Harris

Nothing succeeds like success.

Proverb

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me I lift me lamp beside the golden door.

Emma Lazarus

Go as far as you can see and when you get there, you will always be able to see farther.

Zig Ziglar

Know thyself was the inscription over the Oracle at Delphi. And it is still the most difficult task any of us faces. But until you truly know yourself, strengths and weaknesses, know what you want to do and why you want to do it, you can not succeed in any but the most superficial sense of the word. The leader never lies to himself, especially about himself, knows his flaws as well as his assets, and deals with them directly. You are your own raw material. When you know what you consist of and why you want to make of it, then you can invent yourself.

Warren Bennis

The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering - Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.

Ivan Scheier

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement

W. Clement Stone

It is the surmounting of difficulties that make heroes.

Louis Kossuth

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

Abraham Lincoln

The more I love myself the better I am able to love you.

Ken Robbins

Inspiration and genius -- one and the same.

Victor Hugo

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6: 34

Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.

Norman Vincent Peale

A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, 'I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, violent one, the other wolf is the loving compassionate one.' The grandson asked him, 'Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?' The grandfather answered, 'The one I feed.'

Blackhawk

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)

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business or in anything else, for that matter.

Lee Iacocca

Our life is what it is as a result of how we think.

George DeVack

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Platitudes ? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true.

Margaret Thatcher

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

Samuel Johnson

It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.

Bruce Lee

The vedanta recognizes no sin, it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.

Swami Vivekananda

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

Eleanor Roosevelt

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

William Curry Theodore

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.

Jonathan Winters

You will never find time for anything. You must make it.

Charles Buxton

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

Wayne Gretzky

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant ?

Henry David Thoreau

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

W. Clement Stone

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.

Joseph Joubert

The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.

Rodney L. Parsley

Be the best that you can be.

Unknown

Excuse me while I whip this out.

Bart, Blazing Saddles (1974)

Great minds have purpose, others have wishes.

Eileen Caddy

We belong dead.

The Monster, Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)

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

Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.

Stan Smith

Children are all foreigners.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Until we take how we see ourselves (and how we see others) into account, we will be unable to understand how others see and feel about themselves and their world. Unaware, we will project our intentions on their behavior and call ourselves objective.

Stephen Covey

After every happiness comes misery, they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature, both are chains -- one iron, one gold , behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states, and states must ever change , but the nature of the atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it, only wash away the dross and see it.

Swami Vivekananda

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

Carl Bard

It's not enough that we do our best, sometimes we have to do what's required.

Winston Churchill

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.

Swami Vivekananda

A strong person and a waterfall always channel their own path.

Anonymous

If you face a delicate situation, don't go into it wearing your spurs or you'll rip it apart. Instead, dress for the occasion. Cloak yourself in diplomacy. Vest yourself with wisdom, and wear a smile.

Anne Mackay Thompson

If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.

Marie Osmond

That dirty, double-crossin' rat !

Bert Harris, Blonde Crazy (1931)

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Confucius

It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What's tough is being good every day.

Willie Mays

If you wanna call me that, smile.

The Virginian, The Virginian (1929)

To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission.

Charles A. Lindbergh

We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions, so we have to know how to act.

Swami Vivekananda

Hey, Bud, lets party !

Jeff Spicoli, Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

Ralph Nader

A man's dreams are an index to his greatness.

Zadok Rabinwitz

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body, and be yet thankful.

Colossians 315

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Proverbs 29:18

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

Albert Einstein

The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love.

Pearl Bailey

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.

Seneca

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

Albert Einstein

Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.

Swami Vivekananda

There is nothing to fear, but fear itself.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.

Cicero

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

Zig Ziglar

I thought that training for the Olympics would be hardest thing I would ever have to do," former Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber said in court. "But the hardest thing I've ever had to do is process that I am a victim of Larry Nassar. But even though I'm a victim, I do not and will not live my life as one.

Jordyn Wieber

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

Henry Drummond

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.

Bruce Barton

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.

Chinese Proverb

It's a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best. You very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham

Keys to success : Research your ideas, plan for success, expect success, and just do it.

John S. Hinds

It doesn't matter how much milk you spill as long as you don't lose the cow.

Harvey Mackay

We tend to live up to our expectations.

Earl Nightingale

If thou must love me, let it be for nought, except for love's sake only. Do not say, I love her for her smile, her look, her way of speaking gently, for a trick of thought that falls in well with mine, and, certes, brought a sense of pleasant ease on such a day. For these things in themselves, beloved, may be changed, or change for thee, and love so wrought, may be unwrought so.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.

Helen Keller

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

Aristotle

What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement.

Napoleon Hill

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.

Norman Vincent Peale

He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in god. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.

Swami Vivekananda

My parents told me that I could do and be anything I really wanted. I believed them.

Molly McDonald

When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen. There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.

Barbara Winter

Watch people do their most common actions, these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person.

Swami Vivekananda

Action without study is fatal. Study without action is fatal. Mary Beard Actions speak louder than words.

English Proverb

Failure ? I never encountered it. All I ever met were temporary setbacks.

Dottie Walters

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel, its poverty by how little.

W. R. Inge

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Dorothy Gale, The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking, the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.

Albert Einstein

When I exercise, I wear all black. Its like a funeral for my fat.

Unattributed

Only those who are absolutely their true selves in this world can have pervading influence.

Confucius