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The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. Although the two are identical twins, man, as a rule, views the prenatal abyss with more calm than the one he is heading for (at some forty-five hundred heartbeats an hour).

Smile and others will smile back. Smile to show how transparent, how candid you are. Smile if you have nothing to say. Most of all, do not hide the fact you have nothing to say nor your total indifference to others. Let this emptiness, this profound indifference shine out spontaneously in your smile.
There's a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience.
As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints.
It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. Source unknown A spark of kindness starts a fire of love.
One may smile, and smile, and be a villain. [Hamlet]
A smile cures the wounding of a frown.
There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.
A winning smile makes winners of us all.
Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
Most smiles are started by another smile.
Whether joy or sorrowful, the heart needs a double, because a joy shared is doubled and a pain that is shared is divided.
The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience.
Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.
All people smile in the same language.
Start off everyday with a simple smile and get it over with.
I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go well.
Smile; it the second best thing one can do with one's lips.
You haven't lost your smile at all, it's right under your nose. You just forgot it was there
You can say no and smile only when there's a bigger yes burning inside you
There are hundreds of languages in the world but a smile speaks them all.
Children smile on the average 400 times/day; Adults: 15 times/day. Ever wonder why?
Attitude Adjuster: When you smile at someone, nine times out of 10 the other person will smile back and you've made two people's days brighter and better.
The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
Suppose the world were only one of God's jokes, would you work any the less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?
When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.
Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.
Once a person says, This is who I really am, what I am all about, what I was really meant to do, it is easier to decide how to spend one's time.
When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.
I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.
With love and patience, nothing is impossible.
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.
The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy.
Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were.
When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target.
I buy women shoes and they use them to walk away from me.
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.
Success is 99 percent failure.
You must never regret what might have been. The past that did not happen is as hidden from us as the future we cannot see.
You never know what's hit you. A gunshot is the perfect way.
The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.
Fair flowers are not left standing along the wayside long.
The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can't ignore it, top it; if you can't top it, laugh at it; if you can't laugh at it, it's probably deserved.
Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.
You are an extremely valuable, worthwhile, significant person even though your present circumstances may have you feeling otherwise.
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
The world in which we were called to exist was an absurd world, and there was no other in which we could take refuge.
Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.
Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war.
The whole country is one vast insane asylum and they're letting the worst patients run the place.
Governments never learn. Only people learn.
The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.
The dream of reason produces monsters. Imagination deserted by reason creates impossible, useless thoughts. United with reason, imagination is the mother of all art and the source of all its beauty.
The mind can make substance, and people planets of its own with beings brighter than have been, and give a breath to forms which can outlive all flesh.
It is the individual who knows how little they know about themselves who stands the most reasonable chance of finding out something about themselves before they die.
The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.
You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
If thou wouldn't conquer thy weakness thou must not gratify it.
Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.
For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
Evil spelled backward is live.
Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding.
How beautiful is it to do nothing, and then rest afterward.
I may not be better than other people, but at least I'm different.
Our life is made by the death of others.
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death.
Nothing fools people as much as extreme passion.
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.
Charm is a glow within a woman which casts a most becoming light on others.
Charm is the ability to make someone think that both of you are quite wonderful.
Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Never forget the power of silence, that massively disconcerting pause which goes on and on and may at last induce an opponent to babble and backtrack nervously.
If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view, that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then.
Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.

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