Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
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I just love when people say I cant do something because all my life people said I wasn't going to make it.
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
It's a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best. You very often get it.
W. Somerset Maugham
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in kansas anymore.
Dorothy Gale, The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
What is the use of living if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Freedom requires the capacity to accept, bear and live constructively with anxiety. I refer of course to the normal anxiety all of us experience at every step in our psychological growth as well as in this upset contemporary world. To be free means to face and bear anxiety, to run away from anxiety means automatically to surrender one's freedom.
All work is empty save when there is love.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
I am resolved that I will not through my humility become the devil's attorney. I will endeavor to speak a good word for the truth.
Henry David Thoreau
It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
That dirty, double-crossin' rat !
Bert Harris, Blonde Crazy (1931)
If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Sydney J. Harris
Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
One cannot think crooked and walk straight.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
Henry David Thoreau
If you don't like something, change it, if you can't change it, change your attitude.
Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.
Ask yourself : 'Do I feel the need to laminate ? ' Then teaching is for you.
I'd love to kiss you, but I just washed my hair.
Madge Norwood, Cabin In the Cotton (1932)
Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.
The outer forms of our lives can change in an instant, but the inner reorientation that brings us back into a vital relation to people and activity takes time.
The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Thomas S. Monson
He who treads the path of love walks a thousand meters as if it were only one.
There are only two things more beautiful than a good gun, a swiss watch and a woman from anywhere.
Cherry Valance, Red River (1948)
A life without love in it is like a heap of ashes upon a deserted hearth, with the fire dead, the laughter stilled and the light extinguished.
By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands, we make ourselves stronger.
Fathers are like a lighthouse when there is fog his children can always depend on seeing the light.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life - it goes on.
Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one.
Shri Ramakrishna used to say, "As long as I live, so long do I learn". That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death. Heart and core of everything here is good, that whatever may be the surface waves, deep down and underlying everything, there is an infinite basis of goodness and love.
Education means inspiring someones mind, not just filling their head.
If you only look at what is, you might never attain what could be.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Love like you'll never be hurt.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.
If I'm ever on a life-support system I choose to be unplugged, but not until Im down to a size eight!
What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.
Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
We shall neither fail nor falter, we shall not weaken or tire. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
We feel good about ourselves to the exact degree we feel in control of our lives.
We are made for loving. If we don't love, we will be like plants without water.
For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent.
Fear is met and destroyed with courage. Again and again, when the struggle seems hopeless and all opportunity lost, some man or women with a little more courage, a little more effort, brings victory.
James F. Bell
Thou love life ? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff that life is made of.
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
If you didn't know me, would you think I was a stranger ?
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.
We reap what we sow - we are the makers of our own fate. The wind is blowing, those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind ? We make our own destiny.
First law on holes - when you're in one, stop digging.
You may conquer with the sword, but you are conquered by a kiss.
You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place. You can make goals for family, relationships, anything.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe
The whole universe is only the self with variations, one tune made bearable by variations. Sometimes there are discords, but they only make the subsequent harmony more perfect. In this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true, this I have learnt after suffering all my life, all else is mere moonshine.
Love thy neighbour as thyself.
Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.
A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.
Duffy, Chinatown (1974)
Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served.
If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and endeavor to leave the life which you have imagined, you will you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau
I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.
Crash Davis, Bull Durham (1988)
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
There are two ways of meeting difficulties you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
Are you bored with life ? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
When I look around, I always learn something and that is to be always yourself. And to express yourself. To have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. Start from the very root of being, which is how can I be me?
Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan, you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
It's a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you often get it.
W. Somerset Manghan
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
A gentle breeze blowing in the right direction is better than a pair of strong oars.
Canary Island Proverb
Without a general an army is lost.
The best portion of a good man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts, of kindness and of love.
We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
What you are is god's gift to you, what you become is your gift to god.
Anthony Dalla Villa
A short saying often contains much wisdom.
Your level of brilliance will determine the size of your opportunities in life.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
A ship is safe in harbor, but thats not what ships are for.
Be the change you want to see in the world Ghandi Be useful where thou livest.
Life without love is like a tree. Without blossom and fruit.