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Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.
One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy. It's not giving a damn.
Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie, but rather mourn the apathetic, throng the coward and the meek who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, and dare not speak.
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
We may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.~ James Oppenheim
Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy.
The sea is mother-death and she is a mighty female, the one who wins, the one who sucks us all up.
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.
It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.
Reality forms around a commitment.
You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.
To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.
No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.
From a worldly point of view, there is no mistake so great as that of being always right.
Nine-tenths of the appeal of pornography is due to the indecent feelings concerning sex which moralists inculcate in the young; the other tenth is physiological, and will occur in one way or another whatever the state of the law may be.
A person's fate is their own temper.
The days are too short even for love; how can there be enough time for quarreling?
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Don't brood on the past, but don't forget it either.
A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations.
Quit now, you'll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you'll be halfway there.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.
There is no wisdom like frankness.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.
A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.
A proof that experience is of no use, is that the end of one love does not prevent us from beginning another.
A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes.
Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself.
The discipline of desire is the background of character.
Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others.
We derive our vitality from our store of madness.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late
The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.
While we are indifferent to our good qualities, we keep on deceiving ourselves in regard to our faults, until we come to look on them as virtues.
Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
The worst old age is that of the mind.
The enjoyments of this life are not equal to its evils.
Limited in his nature, infinite in his desire, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion, you must set yourself on fire first.
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use.
Simplicity is the seal of truth.
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish
Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
It is the experience of living that is important, not searching for meaning. We bring meaning by how we love the world
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
Who are enemies? Those who oppose each others will.
He who does not hope to win has already lost.
All that makes existence valuable to any one depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it.
Let nothing come between you and the light.
Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being.
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.
When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of all the other men of her acquaintance for the inattention of just one.
Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
Pain has its own noble joy, when it starts a strong consciousness of life, from a stagnant one.
Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.
We work to become, not to acquire.
The basic difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behavior affect the rights and well being of others.
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther.
For organizations and employees alike, the only real security is the ability to grow, change and adapt.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth.
A person may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him a prisoner.
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
Caution is the parent of safety.
Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.
A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
When you're dying of thirst it's too late to think about digging a well.
Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.
Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.
Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.
As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Every fool finds a greater one to admire them.
You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.
Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
When money speaks the truth is silent.
The older I grow the more I listen to people who don't talk much.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
In love, as in war, a fortress that parleys is half taken.
Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
A champion of the working man has never yet been known to die of overwork.
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.
An inch of time cannot be bought with an inch of gold.
The foolish and the dead never change their opinions.
Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.
Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.
You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.
Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.
People who have little to do are excessive talkers.
You have to block everything out and be extremely focused and be relaxed and mellow too.
Everyone has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases.
You do not notice changes in what is always before you.
If you speak the truth, have a foot in the stirrup.
In every pang that rends the heart the Man of Sorrows has a part.
Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O. When may it suffice?
It is our relation to circumstances that determine their influence over us. The same wind that blows one ship into port may blow another off shore.
We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.
When it gets dark enough you can see the stars.
The most fearful unbelief is unbelief in your self.
The man who trusts men will make fewer mistakes that he who distrusts them.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.
If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.
Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.
Few love to hear the sins they love to act.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.
Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.
To regret deeply is to live afresh.

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