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Real love stories never have endings.

Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved, by others. (Wizard to the Tin Man)
Let God's promises shine on your problems.
Don't tell your problems to people: eighty percent don't care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.
To every problem there is already a solution whether you know it or not.
The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.
We must give more in order to get more, It is the generous giving of ourselves that produce the generous harvest.
If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.
Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.
Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes through your hands. Stamp it with your manhood. Let superiority be your trademark...
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us...
There is only one thing for us to do, and that is to do our level best right where we are every day of our lives; To use our best judgment, and then to trust the rest to that Power which holds the forces of the universe in his hands.
Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous -- not just to some people in some circumstances -- but to everyone all the time.
Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.
The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world.
Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.
The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.
No man fails who does his best...
No man is beaten until his hope is annihilated, his confidence gone, As long as a man faces life hopefully, confidently, triumphantly, he is not a failure; he is not beaten until he turns his back on life.
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it -- immediately.
Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
People who make money often make mistakes, and even have major setbacks, but they believe they will eventually prosper, and they see every setback as a lesson to be applied in their move towards success.
Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins.
All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.
The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
It's okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers -- they help us to learn.
If I had my life to live again. I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
I have made mistakes, but I never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one.
An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.
Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.
Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
The value of action is that we make mistakes; mistakes show us what we need to learn.
Mistakes are stepping stones to success.
If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.
Consider every mistake you do make as an asset.
Mistakes are merely steps up the ladder.
Lord, deliver me from the person who never makes a mistake, and also from the person who makes the same mistake twice.
Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.
Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life.
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken -- and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.
I'm nothing, yet I'm everything.
Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.
There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.
It is prosperity that gives us friends, adversity that proves them.
Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.
The first step toward greatness is to be honest.
The heart that truly loves never forgets.
Better to be known as a sinner than a hypocrite.
Don't fear change -- embrace it.
By continually scolding someone, they in time become accustomed to it and despise your reproof.
Kindness and hard work will take you further than intelligence.
We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
Wink at small faults, for you have great ones yourself.
Our faults irritate us most when we see them in others.
No one is worse, for knowing the worst of themselves.
If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others.
Our friends don't see our faults, or conceal them, or soften them.
Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.
All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.
The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become.
The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
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.
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
When danger approaches, sing to it.
Broken friendships can be soldered, but never sound.
A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.
The fewer the words, the better the prayer.
A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. [Proverbs 27:19]
You can't ask for what you want unless you know what it is. A lot of people don't know what they want or they want much less than they deserve. First you have figure out what you want. Second, you have to decide that you deserve it. Third, you have to believe you can get it. And, fourth, you have to have the guts to ask for it.
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.
It doesn't matter what we do until we accept ourselves. Once we accept ourselves, it doesn't matter what we do.
The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid. [Matthew 14:27]
Hope is the parent of faith.
Only your mind can produce fear.
Look ahead, not behind, may all your dreams be what you find.
Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death.
The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortune, but its fears.
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law.
We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.
Do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
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.
Stop worrying -- nobody gets out of this world alive.
I have no greater joy then to hear that my children walk in truth. [John 4]
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
The less we deserve good fortune, the more we hope for it.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.
Prayer puts you in touch with the infinite and prepares your mind for the finite.
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.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn.
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.
The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. [Psalms 34:14]
Keep cool; anger is not an argument.
When you are right no one remembers; when you are wrong no one forgets.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself; nothing, but the triumph of principles.
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.
In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
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.
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
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.

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