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I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.
The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove you don't need it.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back.
We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.
I run on the road, long before I dance under the lights.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
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.
Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself. You may be surprised at how easily this happens. Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so.
A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.
Unfortunately, the balance of nature decrees that a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.
Dream is not a revelation. If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dream --a scintillating mirage surrounded by shadows --is essentially poetry.
What's scary in life is not what people know (or don't know), but what they know that ain't so.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are.
My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work.
But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?
Sing like no one's listening, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching. and live like it's heaven on earth.
It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.
Fortunately, the time has long passed when people liked to regard the United States as some kind of melting pot, taking men and women from every part of the world and converting them into standardized, homogenized Americans. We are, I think, much more mature and wise today. Just as we welcome a world of diversity, so we glory in an America of diversity -- an America all the richer for the many different and distinctive strands of which it is woven.
If the young knew and the old could, there is nothing that couldn't be done.
An ounce of practice is worth a pound of preaching.
The heart that truly loves never forgets.
A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.
Better to be known as a sinner than a hypocrite.
The law helps those who watch, not those who sleep.
Among the blind the one eyed is king.
Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But Im not concerned about that now. I just want to do Gods will. And Hes allowed me to go up to the mountain. And Ive looked over, and Ive seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. you only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.
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.
I wasted time, and now time doth waste me.
I care not, a man can die but once; we owe God and death.
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
The undiscovered country form whose born no traveler returns. [Hamlet]
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
Genius is sorrow's child.
Everybody wants to go heaven, but nobody wants to die.
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
The happiness of society is the end of government.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

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