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Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you. Proverb Don't look back, you can never look back.

Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.
Enough shovels of earth -- a mountain. Enough pails of water -- a river.
You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.
There is no growth without discontent.
We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody's weakness.
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.
I am convinced that the world is not a mere bog in which men and woman trample themselves in the mire and die. Something magnificent is taking place here amid the cruelties and tragedies, and the supreme challenge to intelligence is that of making the noblest and best in our curious heritage prevail.
In the end, it is the person you become, not the things you have achieved, that is the most important.
Growth is the only evidence of life.
If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
Do all things with love.
Take the attitude of a student, Never be to big to ask questions, Never know to much to learn something new.
To be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you're dead.
Work as though you would live forever, and live as though you would die today. Go another mile!
What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live -- with your self-respect alive and growing.
Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.
Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become
Love dies only when growth stops.
Don't go through life, grow through life.
This instant is the only time there is.
I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.
We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.
Man knows more than he understands.
The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from their house.
All things are possible to him who believes. [Mark 9:23]
According to your faith; be it done unto you.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. [Hebrews 11:6]
If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. [Mark 9:23]
Perception is a mirror not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have mastered, you will never grow.
The fatal metaphor of progress, which means leaving things behind us, has utterly obscured the real idea of growth, which means leaving things inside us.
We find comfort among those who agree with us-growth among those who don't.
If it's not growing, it's going to die.
All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle...
Some people grow under responsibility, others merely swell.
The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.
Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?
A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. [Hebrews 11:1]
The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness.
Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
We learn simply by the exposure of living. Much that passes for education is not education at all but ritual. The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least.
They teach in academies far too many things, and far too much that is useless.
The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
The aim of education should be to convert the mind into living fountain, and not a reservoir.
Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.
The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education.
Teenage boys, goaded by their surging hormones run in packs like the primal horde. They have only a brief season of exhilarating liberty between control by their mothers and control by their wives.
We know less about the sexual life of little girls than of boys. But we need not feel ashamed of this distinction; after all, the sexual life of adult women is a dark continent for psychology.
You may chisel a boy into shape, as you would a rock, or hammer him into it, if he be of a better kind, as you would a piece of bronze. But you cannot hammer a girl into anything. She grows as a flower does.
Much learning does not teach understanding.
Anyone who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.
You can lead a boy to college, but you cannot make him think.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.
The three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students, athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.
Education would be so much more effective if its purpose were to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they don't know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.
A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.
All lovely things will have an ending, All lovely things will fade and die; And youth, that's now so bravely spending, Will beg a penny by and by.
A sensual and intemperate youth translates into an old worn-out body.
As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.
I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more --the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort --to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires --and expires, too soon, too soon --before life itself.
The young always have the same problem -- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
The hatred of the youth culture for adult society is not a disinterested judgment but a terror-ridden refusal to be hooked into the, if you will, ecological chain of breathing, growing, and dying. It is the demand, in other words, to remain children.
The young feel tired at the end of an action, the old at the beginning.
If youth but knew; if age but could.
Hope is the dream of a waking man.
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
No man knows he is young while he is young.
Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
They [Young People] have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things -- and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning -- all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything -- they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.
I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own.
Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.
Except for an occasional heart attack I feel as young as I ever did.
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. [Ecclesiastes 11:9]
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
What Youth deemed crystal, Age finds out was dew.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.
There's nothing wrong with teenagers that reasoning with them won't aggravate.
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

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