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It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.

Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
Always observe how ephemeral and worthless human things are. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew.
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.
Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.
Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
Before your dreams can come true, you have to have those dreams.
The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.
Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for; He who has God Finds he lacks nothing;
Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.
If your cup seems too bitter, if your burden seems to heavy, be sure that it is the wounded hand that is holding the cup, and that it is me who carried the cross that is carrying the burden.
If you're on thin ice, you might as well dance.
No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.
I didn't know I'd have to be torn down before I could be built up.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
Hesitancy in judgment is the only true mark of the thinker.
If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.
Adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.
Your dips an falls do not confound me, half as much as your heights astound me.
If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?
The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until the dark hours.
The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.
There will be no crown bearers in heaven who are not cross bearers on earth.
There are times in everyone's life when something constructive is born out of adversity... when things seem so bad that you've got to grab your fate by the shoulders and shake it.
Nothing bad ever happens without equal or growth
No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm.
The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them
We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self -- a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change -- the willful act of making the change, doing something.
Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world. There is nothing that is an accident. You are a special combination for a purpose-and don't let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion. (Live an illusion if you have to). You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do. Don't ever believe that you have nothing to contribute. The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.
Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.
Your talent is God's gift to you; what you do with it is your gift to God.
Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
Choosing goals that are important to you is one of the most essential things you can do in order to live your dreams.
If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.
You may not accomplish every goal you set -- no one does -- but what really matters is having goals and going after them wholeheartedly.
Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.
Goals help you channel your energy into action.
In the end, it is the person you become, not the things you have achieved, that is the most important.
All of us need to grow continuously in our lives.
Never be afraid to treat the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you; do not feel you have to follow in someone else's footsteps.
Experience is determined by yourself -- not the circumstances of your life.
Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
As you reach your goals, set new ones. That is how you grow and become a more powerful person.
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy. It's not giving a damn.
Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.
The drama of life begins with a wail and ends with a sigh.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
Your life is what your thoughts make it.
Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.
To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
Life marches by, I suggest you get on with it.
Life is a long lesson in humility.
The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
The less routine the more life.
The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.
I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving and then you do it
In the midst of excitement, grief, joy, and solitude, I remind myself every moment that the sole mission of my life is to find "the ultimate questioner" - that unimaginable who has put me in this madness to answer an unanswerable question.
Life is a question asked by God about the way he exists.
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities. - Dr. Seuss
All that we see or seem is nothing but a dream within a dream
Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.
life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain.
Glory is only temporary, The way you choose to live your life, lives on in eternity
If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you’re willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.
Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.
One can't relive one's life. Forgiveness is not what's difficult; one's always too ready to forgive. And it does no good, that's obvious.
Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.
The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
He who denies all, confesses all.
In confession... we open our lives to healing, reconciling, restoring, uplifting grace of him who loves us in spite of what we are.
Confess you were wrong yesterday; it will show you are wise today.
Oh the depth of both the wisdom and riches of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways beyond understanding.
Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Forgive those who have hurt you.
You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.
You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the next level of accomplishment.
One of the most essential things you need to do for yourself is to choose a goal that is important to you. Perfection does not exist -- you can always do better and you can always grow.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.
You have the courage and power to live your dreams.
Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.
If you do not develop the hunger and courage to pursue your goal, you will lose your nerve and you will give up on your dream.
Arguments only confirm people in their own opinions.
What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind.
A person is his own worst enemy.
Man has no greater enemy than himself.
We have meet the enemy; and he is us.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old.
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep - pain that cannot forget; Falls drop by drop upon the heart, And in our own despite, against our will, Comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
People see God every day; they just don't recognize Him.
To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them.
And now Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul. [Deuteronomy 10:12]
But from there you will seek the Lord you God and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. [Deuteronomy 4:29]
People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self.
Memory is like an orgasm. It's a lot better if you don't have to fake it.
The back of one door is the face of another.
No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
Without self-respect there can be no genuine success. Success won at the cost of self-respect is not success ? for what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own self-respect.
This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.
Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
There is no alleviation for the sufferings of mankind except veracity of thought and of action, and the resolute facing of the world as it is when the garment of make-believe by which pious hands have hidden its uglier features is stripped off.
There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.
It is because the body is a machine that education is possible. Education is the formation of habits, a superinducing of an artificial organization upon the natural organization of the body.
Why don't you want to do what you know you should do? The reason you don't is that you're in conflict with yourself.
All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.

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