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You make me want to be a better man. As good as it gets.

James Baldwin

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we can not live within.

James Baldwin

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war, love is a growing up

James Baldwin

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Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

Elbert Hubbard

Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.


You become what you think about.

Earl Nightingale

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.


If I were required to guess off-hand, and without collusion with higher minds, what is the bottom cause of the amazing material and intellectual advancement of the last fifty years, I should guess that it was the modern-born and previously non-existent disposition on the part of men to believe that a new idea can have value.

Mark Twain

Your talent is god's gift to you.

Leo Buscaglia

You can not step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.


The first duty of love is to listen.

Paul Tillich

Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime, nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

John Donne

The daily grind of hard work gets a person polished.


The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost

Pep without purpose is piffle.


Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.

Benjamin Disraeli

If you don't like something, change it , if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.

Mary Engelbreit

Luck is when opportunity knocks, and you answer.


Follow your dreams.


It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it.

John Crowe

The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere, they're in each other all along.


It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.

Samuel Butler

We go together, Laurie. I don't know why. Maybe like guns and ammunition go together.

Bart Tare, Gun Crazy (1949)

What you are is god's gift to you, what you become is your gift to god.

Anthony Dalla Villa

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle if it is lightly greased.

John Nesvig

Don't quit.


He who has great power should use it lightly.


If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.

Anna Quindlen

Success isn't magic or hocus-pocus, it's simply learning to focus.


La-dee-da, la-dee-da.

Annie Hall, Annie Hall (1977)

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.

George S. Patton

Nothing happens unless first we dream.

Carl Sandburg

Friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life.

Thomas Jefferson

There are few people who can manage more than their own business.

Martha Washington

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Dorothy Gale, The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.

Mignon McLaughlin

The gulf between god and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing god, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us.

Swami Vivekananda

Shane ! Shane ! Come back !

Joey Starrett, Shane (1953)

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.


Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

John Keywood

Anyone can do something when they want to do it. Really successful people do things when they don't want to do it.

Dr. Phil

Even though I am nearly deaf, I seem to be gifted with a kind of inner hearing which enables me to detect sounds and noises which the ordinary person does not hear.

Thomas Edison

A martini. Shaken, not stirred.

James Bond, Goldfinger (1964)

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.


The book you don't read cant help.

Jim Rohn

Take a chance ! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.

Dale Carnegie

Besides the short catnaps I take each day, I average about four to five hours of sleep per night.

Thomas Edison

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.


Wealth is the product of man's ability to think.

Ayn Rand

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa

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.

Harold Whitman

I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.

Vito Corleone, The Godfather (1972)

Without music, life would be a mistake.

Fredrich Nietzsche

Only a fool knows everything. A wise man knows how little he knows.


Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.

Jim Rohn

Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.


My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain - and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.

Anthony Robbins

How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives.

Annie Dillard

Take heed : you do not find what you do not seek.


You were made perfectly to be loved and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.

Maya Angelou

The battle is all over except the "shouting" when one knows what is wanted and has made up his mind to get it, whatever the price may be.

Napoleon Hill

He who treads the path of love walks a thousand meters as if it were only one.

Japanese Proverb

Get excited and enthusiastic about you own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire -- you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away.

Dennis Waitley

Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance, faith, honesty and industry. Don't take too much advice keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.

Noah Porter

Life without a purpose is a languid, drifting thing , every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves, 'This day let me make a sound beginning

Thomas Kempis

Would you like to come in ?

Aurora Greenway, Garrett Breedlove (1983)

No pain, No gain.


People who worked with me or knew me still called me the 'world's fastest human' because I almost never stopped. I'd found that I could get more done with no regular job or regular hours at all, but by being on my own, flying to speak here, help with a public relations campaign for some client there, tape my regular jazz radio show one morning at 5:00 a.m. before leaving on a plane for another city or another continent three hours later to preside over a major sporting event.

Jesse Owens

To go fast, row slowly.

Norman Vincent Peale

Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can grow more surely toward the stars.

Brian Tracy

Love is a daily, mutual exchange of value.

Dennis Waitley

We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.

Agnes Repplier

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.

Thomas Edison

Immaturity can last a lifetime.

Robert Half

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.

Albert Einstein

You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

Cutter, Gunga Din (1939)

One, two, Freddy's coming for you.

Children, A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life - it goes on.

Robert Frost

No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.

Isaac Asimov

The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.

Anne Dillard

The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast.

Thomas Edison

Don't water your weeds.

Harvey Mackay

I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not.

Robert G. Ingersoll

Whatever you are be a good one.

Abraham Lincoln

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.


Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them.

Alfred Whitefield

It's hard to tell your mind to stop loving someone, when your heart still does.

Mallory Jones

Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.

Zig Ziglar

If we always look back, we lose sight of what's ahead.

Justin Sims

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but don't quit.

Conrad Hilton

I have a head for business and a bod for sin.

Tess McGill, Working Girl (1988)

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.

Thomas Carlyle

Private victories precede public victories. You can't invert that process any more than you can harvest a crop before you plant it.

Stephen Covey

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

Thomas Edison

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.

Albert Einstein

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

Thomas Jefferson

Happiness is a state of activity.


To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose's egg.

James Thomas

Knowing is not enough we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller

Happiness itself does not stay -- only moments of happiness do.

Spanish Proverb