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People have to face regrets. Becoming mature means learning to accept what you cannot change, facing unresolved sorrows and learning to love life as it really happens, not as you would have it happen. When someone attaches unkindness to criticism, she's angry. Angry people need to criticize as an outlet for their anger. That's why you must reject unkind criticism. Unkind criticism is never part of a meaningful critique of you. Its purpose is not to teach or to help, its purpose is to punish. Life isn't supposed to be an all or nothing battle between misery and bliss. Life isn't supposed to be a battle at all. And when it comes to happiness, well, sometimes life is just okay, sometimes it's comfortable, sometimes wonderful, sometimes boring, sometimes unpleasant. When your day's not perfect, it's not a failure or a terrible loss. It's just another day.

The finest words in the world are only vain sounds if you cannot understand them.
Gentle words, quiet words, are after all the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing.
Words represent your intellect. The sound, gesture and movement represent your feelings.
I haven't much opinion of words. They're apt to set fire to a dry tongue, that's what I say.
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
Every spoken word arouses our self-will.
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.
It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence, whether a man be behind it or no.
I find it difficult to believe that words have no meaning in themselves, hard as I try. Habits of a lifetime are not lightly thrown aside.
Our expression and our words never coincide, which is why the animals don't understand us.
I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.
Words are made for a certain exactness of thought, as tears are for a certain degree of pain. What is least distinct cannot be named; what is clearest is unutterable.
The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
A word is dead when it is said. Some say. I say it just, begins to live that day.
Our words have wings, but fly not where we would.
Words from the thread on which we string our experiences.
Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.
The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.
You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever.
Our great men have written words of wisdom to be used when hardship must be faced. Life obliges us with hardship so the words of wisdom shouldn't go to waste.
What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work? A stick!
He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.
A word carries far -- very far -- deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space.
Truthful words are not beautiful; beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive; persuasive words are not good.
As a poet and writer, I deeply love and I deeply hate words. I love the infinite evidence and change and requirements and possibilities of language; every human use of words that is joyful, or honest or new, because experience is new... But as a Black poet and writer, I hate words that cancel my name and my history and the freedom of my future: I hate the words that condemn and refuse the language of my people in America.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
Words are tools which automatically carve concepts out of experience.
Without words to objectify and categorize our sensations and place them in relation to one another, we cannot evolve a tradition of what is real in the world.
Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs.
Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, and insinuations and misrepresentations which are uttered against him.
I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right -- shame on you!
There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
To give your best is to receive the best.
Understanding reduces the greatest to simplicity, and lack of its causes the least to take on the magnitude.
God does not require you to follow His leadings on blind trust. Behold the evidence of an invisible intelligence pervading everything, even your own mind and body.
The inner thought coming from the heart represents the real motives and desires. These are the cause of action.
Each experience through which we pass operates ultimately for our good. This is a correct attitude to adopt and we must be able to see it in that light.
No matter what we want of life we have to give up something in order to get it.
Are we controlled by our thoughts, or are we controlling our thoughts?
Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.
Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.
It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.
You must see first before you can believe.
Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to earth.
You are more likely to act yourself into feelings, than feel yourself into action.
I never expect to lose. Even when I'm the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.
Pay attention to your enemies for they are the first to discover your mistakes.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.
Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem -- in my opinion -- to characterize our age.
Those who think they know it all are very annoying to those of us who do.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
It is only to the happy that tears are a luxury.
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.
Study the past if you would divine the future.
The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.
When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.
We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant.
Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not to others what thou wouldn't not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence.
Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost.
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
Life may not be beautiful, but it is interesting.
The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late
I hope that my achievements in life shall be these -- that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need that I will have left the earth a better place for what I've done and who I've been.
I feel that if a person has problems communicating the very least he can do is to shut up.
We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
Exercise: you don't have time not to.
Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
Athletes have studied how to leap and how to survive the leap some of the time and return to the ground. They don't always do it well. But they are our philosophers of actual moments and the body and soul in them, and of our maneuvers in our emergencies and longings.
The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.
The kind of lawyer you hope the other fellow has.
The law isn't justice. It's a very imperfect mechanism. If you press exactly the right buttons and are also lucky, justice may show up in the answer. A mechanism is all the law was ever intended to be.
Laws are not invented. They grow out of circumstances.
I have enforced the law against killing certain animals and many others, but the greatest progress of righteousness among men comes from the exhortation in favor of non-injury to life and abstention from killing living beings.
Our law very often reminds one of those outskirts of cities where you cannot for a long time tell how the streets come to wind about in so capricious and serpent-like a manner. At last it strikes you that they grew up, house by house, on the devious tracks of the old green lanes; and if you follow on to the existing fields, you may often find the change half complete.
The law is reason, free from passion.
I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis on the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.
Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature.
Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.
Every law is an infraction of liberty.
Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
Laws are not masters, but servants, and he rules them, who obeys them.
No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.
Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and the poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Whatever you do, don't do it halfway.
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.
The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence.
The real contest is always between what you've done and what you're capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else.
You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.
It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing.
What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real.
No civilized society can thrive upon victims, whose humanity has been permanently mutilated.
You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.
The truth comes as conqueror only because we have lost the art of receiving it as guest.

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