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The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.

No one will do it for you.
Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders.
There is no sudden leap into the stratosphere. There is only advancing step by step, slowly and tortuously, up the pyramid towards your goals.
These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them.
By words the mind is winged.
It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead -- and find no one there.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves; we are underlings.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
To understand the world one must not be worrying about one's self.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.
Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.
Women's propensity to share confidences is universal. We confirm our reality by sharing.
When you get the personality, you don't need the nudity.
Right now I think censorship is necessary; the things they're doing and saying in films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important.
Most of us fall short much more by omission than by commission. While the world perishes we go our way: purposeless, passionless, day after day.
The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life.
People see themselves as the center of the universe and judge everything as it relates to them.
I've met a few people who had to change their jobs in order to change their lives, but I've met many more people who merely had to change their motive to service in order to change their lives.
We are all cells in the same body of humanity.
You are within God. God is within you.
Make food a very incidental part of your life by filling your life so full of meaningful things that you'll hardly have time to think about food.
To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life -- bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace.
Do not suppress it-that would hurt you inside. Do not express it-this would not only hurt you inside, it would cause ripples in your surroundings. What you do is transform it.
There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace? If they have not, there is something wrong with them -- so keep seeking! If what you do has brought you inner peace, stay with what you believe is right.
Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.
When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
You're in a much better position to talk with people when they approach you than when you approach them.
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
We are that which activates the body.
The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.
All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
There's a way to do better... find it.
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.
The quality of expectations determines the quality of our action.
No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better things.
Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the end, it is between you and HIM not you and them.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!
There is a great deal of human nature in people.
The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.
What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.
The ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never found.
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
Beauty is the promise of happiness.
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
The average girl would rather have beauty than brains because she knows the average man can see much better than he can think.
The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts.
Beauty is not caused. It is.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork -- reading, writing, thinking--can.
The beauty seen, is partly in him who sees it.
The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.
Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false, that it lessens. There is therefore, something in true beauty that corresponds with right reason, and is not the mere creation of fancy.
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life.
To emphasize only the beautiful seems to me to be like a mathematical system that only concerns itself with positive numbers.
I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want --an adorable pancreas?
Where beauty is worshipped for beauty's sake as a goddess, independent of and superior to morality and philosophy, the most horrible putrefaction is apt to set in. The lives of the aesthetes are the far from edifying commentary on the religion of beauty.
In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.
Beauty is only skin deep, but it's a valuable asset if you're poor or haven't any sense.
Beauty is variable, ugliness is constant.
All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory -- of the absolute and of the particular. Absolute and eternal beauty does not exist, or rather it is only an abstraction creamed from the general surface of different beauties. The particular element in each manifestation comes from the emotions: and just as we have our own particular emotions, so we have our own beauty.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once, and so there will be no unity and completeness.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
Things are beautiful if you love them.
There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
I'm not ugly, but my beauty is a total creation.
There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.
Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
For women... bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can't possibly fit. Without these visual references, each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique.
America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
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.
Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Not all of us have to possess earthshaking talent. Just common sense and love will do.
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.
Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.
Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
Love is the river of life in the world.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
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.
Is there no way out of the mind?
The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.
They're only truly great who are truly good.
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
How frail the human heart must be --a mirrored pool of thought...
To have in general but little feeling, seems to be the only security against feeling too much on any particular occasion.
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.
If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the best of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.
Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
Even virtue is fairer when it appears in a beautiful person.
Physical strength in a woman -- that's what I am.
Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condenses and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual's body.
A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
The human body is not a thing or substance, given, but a continuous creation. The human body is an energy system which is never a complete structure; never static; is in perpetual inner self-construction and self-destruction; we destroy in order to make it new.
The body is mortal, but the person dwelling in the body is immortal and immeasurable.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ?I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.? You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.
Love is not love until love's vulnerable.
Life's a bitch, and life's got lots of sisters.
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
Happiness... is not a destination: it is a manner of traveling. Happiness is not an end in itself. It is a by-product of working, playing, loving and living.
I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of crackpot than the stigma of conformity.
Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence.
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her [Americas] heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.

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