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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.

In the long run, the pessimist may be proven right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.
Love is a friendship set to music.
There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.
The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.
Necessity never made a good bargain.
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.
Do anything, even the impossible; it may only take a little longer when a miracle is required.
The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.
You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don't think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn.
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
You REAP what You SOW: Life is like a boomerang. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
When a load of bricks, dumped on a corner lot, can arrange themselves into a house; when a handful of springs and screws and wheels, emptied on a desk, can gather themselves into a watch, then and not until then will it seem sensible, to some of us at least, to believe that all these thousands or millions of worlds could have been created, balanced and set to revolving in their separate orbits -- all without any directing intelligence at all.
No, I don't like work. I had rather laze about and think of all the fine things that can be done. I don't like work--no man does--but I like what is in work--the chance to find yourself. Your own reality--for yourself, not for others--what no other man can ever know.
History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.
What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
One day I sat thinking, almost in despair; a hand fell on my shoulder and a voice said reassuringly: cheer up, things could get worse. So I cheered up and, sure enough, things got worse.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another's trouble, Courage in your own.
Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
Two basic rules of life: 1. Change is Inevitable 2. Everyone Resists Change. Remember this: When you are through changing... you're through.
We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality, I have no right to throw away your time, if I do my own.
What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.
A new world is not made simply by trying to forget the old. A new world is made with a new spirit, with new values. Our world may have begun that way, but today it is caricature. Our world is a world of things. What we dread most, in the face of the impending debacle, is that we shall be obliged to give up our gewgaws, our gadgets, all the little comforts that have made us so uncomfortable. We are not peaceful souls; we are smug, timid, queasy and quaky.
Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.
Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
I have just received the following wire from my generous Daddy. It says, Dear Jack: Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I am going to pay for a landslide.
Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
The glue that holds all relationships together -- including the relationship between the leader and the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity.
Life without a friend is death without a witness.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
Committing a great truth to memory is admirable; committing it to life is wisdom.
I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.
They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
Every blade in the field - Every leaf in the forest - lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.
Flattery is all right if you don't inhale.
Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
When the impossibility has been eliminated, whatever remains, no matter how improbable... is possible.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay.
Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.
Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
Grief can't be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.
I worry that no matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up.
Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.
Always remember, there are two types of people in this world. Those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are!"
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.
Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find tomorrow on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, If I had my life to live over again. Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day! Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you: you must acquire it.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary of the talkers who talk.
It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
Knowledge can be communicated, but wisdom cannot. A man can find it, he can live it, he can be filled and sustained by it, but he cannot utter or teach it.
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.
To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last -- but eat you he will.
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
Every day I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well.
People are like stained -- glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within
For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they can talk sense.
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history -- with the possible exceptions of hand guns and tequila.
The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Who knows what true loneliness is -- not the conventional word, but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.
People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.
God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
A Great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
Those are dead even for this life who hope for no other.
Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.
Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another -- too often ending in the loss of both.
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.
Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody.
Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.
The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality--not as we expect it to be but as it is--is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.
Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.
I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you.

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