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As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the atomic age -- as in being able to remake ourselves.

Non-violence is the article of faith.
Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
Faith must be enforced by reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS.
You must intensify and render continuous by repeatedly presenting with suggestive ideas and mental pictures of the feast of good things, and the flowing fountain, which awaits the successful achievement or attainment of the desires.
Constant repetition carries conviction.
Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives.
You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which clicks.
Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
God comes to the hungry in the form of food.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.
Hatred can be overcome only by love.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
The mantram becomes one's staff of life and carries one through every ordeal. Each repetition has a new meaning, carrying you nearer and nearer to God.
Must I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.
The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave. His fetters fall... freedom and slavery are mental states.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains
I know I have the ability to do so much more than just stand in front of the camera the rest of my life.
The busy have no time for tears.
Never ask a surgeon whether you need an operation.
My darling girl, Unfortunately this earth is not a fairy-land, but a struggle for life, perfectly natural and therefore extremely harsh. All the same, or precisely for this reason, it is happiness and comfort for us men to have a precious sweetheart -- and I have the most precious, the dearest and best of all!
The way I see things, the way I see life, I see it as a struggle. And there's a great deal of reward I have gained coming to that understanding -- that existence is a struggle.
I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it's not going to be satisfying.
Answered prayers cause more tears than those that remain unanswered.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
Don't brood on the past, but don't forget it either.
It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.
One comes to believe whatever one repeats to oneself sufficiently often, whether the statement be true of false. It comes to be dominating thought in one's mind.
I positively think that ladies who are always enceinte quite disgusting; it is more like a rabbit or guinea-pig than anything else and really it is not very nice.
Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.
Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.
Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.
A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.
A man must first care for his own household before he can be of use to the state. But no matter how well he cares for his household, he is not a good citizen unless he also takes thought of the state. In the same way, a great nation must think of its own internal affairs; and yet it cannot substantiate its claim to be a great nation unless it also thinks of its position in the world at large.
The paranoiac is the exact image of the ruler. The only difference is their position in the world. One might even think the paranoiac the more impressive of the two because he is sufficient unto himself and cannot be shaken by failure.
You don't seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help.
The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.
Any thought that is passed on to the subconscious often enough and convincingly enough is finally accepted.
I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
You can't let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.
Humans have the ability to shift perspective. We can experience the world through our senses. Or we can remove ourselves from our senses and experience the world even less directly. We can think about our life, rather than thinking in our life. We can think about what we think about our life, and we can think about what we think about that. We can shift perceptual positions many times over.
When you're through changing, you're through.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.
Everything changes, nothing remains without change.
We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped.
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
Weep not that the world changes -- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.
People can cry much easier than they can change.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.
Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.
So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being.
Hope is the dream of a waking man.
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.
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
The most useless are those who never change through the years.
The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it.
You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.
You have the power to change.
Change is difficult but often essential to survival.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
To act and act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait and wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the rising and falling tides (of affairs), so that with nature and law at his back, and truth and beneficence as his beacon light, he may accomplish wonders. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other. Man thus becomes the victim of the tides when he should be their Master.
Nothing is lasting but change; nothing perpetual but death.
There is no new thing under the sun. [Ecclesiastes 1:9]
There has never been a time when you and I have not existed, nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist. As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes.
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly
Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing.
Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, and after one hour more twill be eleven. And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, and then from hour to hour we rot and rot. and thereby hangs a tale.
Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.
Sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
Are the ones who do.
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.
A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man's mind.
As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.
Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.
Just as courage imperils life; fear protects it.
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
[Three classes of people]: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.
Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.
Our life is made by the death of others.
Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.
The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.
We must love one another or die.
In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.
Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but anti-political, perhaps the most powerful of all anti-political human forces.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.
Time stays long enough for those who use it.
I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why thunder lasts longer than that which causes it, and why immediately on its creation the lightning becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.
Most plans are just inaccurate predictions.
Do not plan for ventures before finishing what's at hand.
To bother about the best method of accomplishing an accidental result.
Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

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