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The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.

Leo Rosten

The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.

Leo Rosten

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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

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

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

Never, never, never give up.

Winston Churchill

Stand upon the self, only then can we truly love the world. Take a very high stand, knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.

Swami Vivekananda

They're called boobs, Ed.

Erin Brockovich, Erin Brockovich (2000)

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

Scott Hamilton

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year - and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade !

Anthony Robbins

Now is the time. Needs are great, but your possibilities are greater.

Bill Blackman

Love like you've never been hurt, dance like no one is watching, live as though heaven is on earth.

Satchel Paige

Kindness is a language which the dumb can speak, the deaf can understand.

C.N. Bovee

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.

Thomas Edison

You can not shake hands with a clenched fist.

Golda Meir

We only love truly once. It is the first time and succeeding passions are less uncontrolled.

Du Coeur

Your decision to be, have and do something out of ordinary entails facing difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.

Brian Tracy

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

Napoleon Hill

Accept the past for what it was. Acknowledge the present for what it is. Anticipate the future for what it can become.

Tracy L. McNair

All of us, in the flow of feeling we have pleased, want to do more to please.

William James

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.

Henry Ford

Challenges are what make life interesting , overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

Joshua J. Marine

Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.

B.C. Forbes

I know that many people feel that old age is a time to take it easy, but I compare my life now to being the last runner in a relay race. Would you have me slow down as I near the finish line ?

Diogenes

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Abraham Lincoln

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.

Al Franken

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein

Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

Eleanor Roosevelt

If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the upanishads, bursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance, it is the word fearlessness.

Swami Vivekananda

It is love that makes the impossible possible.

Indian Proverb

If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.

Winston Churchill

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Harold R. McAlindon

Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. Accordingly, a 'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.

Thomas Edison

This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.

General Omar Bradley

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.

Cicero

Go ahead, make my day.

Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact (1983)

Who is the happiest of men ? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though'twere his own.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It's always too soon to quit !

Norman Vincent Peale

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves ; and under a just God, cannot long retain it.

Abraham Lincoln

Give a man a fish and he will eat for the day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

Chinese Proverb

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, learn about them, or even 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.

Dennis Waitley

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.

John Milton

Snap out of it !

Loretta Castorini, Moonstruck (1987)

When you do the wrong thing, knowing it is wrong, you do so because you have n't developed the habit of effectively controlling or neutralizing strong inner urges that tempt you, or because you have established the wrong habit and don't know how to eliminate them effectively.

W. Clement Stone

The daily grind of hard work gets a person polished.

Anonymous

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Burke

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts

Albert Einstein

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

Pay the farmer or pay the hospital.

Birke Baehr

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

Bart Tare, Gun Crazy (1949)

The heart does not respond to principles and programs, it seeks not efficiency, but passion.

John Eldredge

My tears of love are a waste of time if I turn away.

Kim Wilde

No man is wise enough by himself.

Plautus

I have not failed. I've just found ways that don't work

William Ernest Henley

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

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.

Norman Vincent Peale

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France

Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.

Margaret Thatcher

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties can not be great.

Machiavelli

Love is strong yet delicate. It can be broken. To truly love is to understand this. To be in love is to respect this.

Stephen Packer

When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.

Norman Vincent Peale

We don't have to take our clothes off to have a good time

Jermaine Stewart

Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is.

Zig Ziglar

Formal education will make you a living, self education will make you a fortune.

Jim Rohn

It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up.

Vince Lombardi

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Charles Darwin

You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.

Stephen R. Covey

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

We must all suffer one of two things : the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.

Jim Rohn

Father to a murdered son. Husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

Maximus, Gladiator (2000)

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

Voltaire

Success consists of doing the common things of life uncommonly well.

Unattributed

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, " What's in it for me ? ".

Brian Tracy

Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.

Stephen Covey

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.

Mother Teresa

All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear. Are people so afraid ? The answer is that they have made themselves helpless and dependent on others

Swami Vivekananda

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every dog has his day.

Proverb

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

King Mongkut, The King And (1956)

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In prosperity, our friends know us , in adversity, we know our friends.

John Churton Collins

Be grateful to the Man you help, think of him as god. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship god by helping our fellow men ?

Swami Vivekananda

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.

Emily P. Bissell

Nuptial love makes mankind, friendly love perfects it, but wanton love corrupts and debases it.

Francis Bacon

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

Kahlil Gibran

I wouldn't give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn't have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.

Jefferson Smith, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

Love is the universal thirst for a communion not merely of the senses, but of our whole nature.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

If there is a will, there is a way.

Unknown

Let's roll.

Todd Beamer

At ten years old I actually thought that the reason I was getting glasses was that I couldn't tell what my parents looked like, because every time I asked my mother to buy me something she'd say, 'What do I look like - a bank ?'

Jerry Seinfeld

Keep the Faith.

Unknown

Love like you'll never be hurt.

William Purkey

Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.

Danny Thomas

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.

John Davidson Rockefeller

It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow.

Anonymous

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Unknown

I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. . . . If we let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true friend.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

Mark Twain