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Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.
When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.
Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.
If women were humbler, men would be more honest.
You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
Take no thought for tomorrow; for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself. [Matthew 6:34]
Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.
The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.
The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.
Intellectually I know America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
It takes so little to make people happy. Just a touch, If we know how to give it, just a word fitly spoken, a slight readjustment of some bolt or pin or bearing in the delicate machinery of a soul.
The rules which experience suggest are better than those which theorists elaborate in their libraries.
Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
Since others have to tolerate my weaknesses, it is only fair that I should tolerate theirs.
When we think we lead we are most led.
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
You can't steal second base with your foot on first.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Why did I want to win? because I didn't want to lose!
Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those we hate.
The best ballplayer's the one who doesn't think he made good. He keeps trying to convince you.
Gentleness corrects whatever is offensive in our manner.
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
Peace, like charity, begins at home.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time.
Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others.
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
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.
It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.
Let us be poised, and wise, and our own, today.
He who would search for pearls must dive below.
The more sympathy you give, the less you need.
Who ever does not respect confidence will never find happiness in their path.
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
Adultery itself in its principle is many times nothing but a curious inquisition after, and envy of another man's enclosed pleasures: and there have been many who refused fairer objects that they might ravish an enclosed woman from her retirement and single possessor.
Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sake, but for the nations sake. Nothing matters more to the future of our country: not military preparedness for armed might is worthless if we lack the brain power to build a world of peace; not our productive economy for we cannot sustain growth without trained manpower; not our democratic system of government for freedom is fragile if citizens are ignorant.
All things need watching, working at, caring for and marriage is no exception. Marriage is not something to be treated indifferently, or abused or something that simply takes care of itself. Nothing neglected will remain as it was or is, or will fail to deteriorate. All things need attention care and concern and especially so in this most sensitive of all relationships of life.
When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word succeed, you find that it simply means to follow through.
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
It is not enough for theory to describe and analyze, it must itself be an event in the universe it describes. In order to do this theory must partake of and become the acceleration of this logic. It must tear itself from all referents and take pride only in the future. Theory must operate on time at the cost of a deliberate distortion of present reality.
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.
Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
My plan of instruction is extremely simple and limited. They learn, on week-days, such coarse works as may fit them for servants. I allow of no writing for the poor. My object is not to make fanatics, but to train up the lower classes in habits of industry and piety.
Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
[Only by] the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train.
One must be aware that one is continually being tested in what one wishes most in order to make clear whether one's heart is on earth or in heaven.
Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it is a business.
The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have it's fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
Be interesting, be enthusiastic ... and don't talk too much.
To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
We should face reality and our past mistakes in an honest, adult way. Boasting of glory does not make glory, and singing in the dark does not dispel fear.
Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
You were not born with the habit of brushing your teeth. With persistent action, over a period of time, you developed the habit. Now, I'll bet you would never consider going a week without brushing.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
Pain and fear and hunger are effects of causes which can be foreseen and known: but sorrow is a debt which someone else makes for us.
The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.
A man cannot be made comfortable without his own approval.
In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.
The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.
The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
Thoughts give birth to a creative force that is neither elemental nor sidereal. Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow. When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven.
True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
The first step toward greatness is to be honest.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
Let us ask ourselves; What kind of people do we think we are?
Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.
Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.
No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form. The changing of a vague difficulty into a specific, concrete form is a very essential element in thinking.
The trouble comes when we try to fashion our success to the outside world's specifications even though these are not the specifications drawn up in our own hearts. For whom are we succeeding, for ourselves or for somebody else? Success, if it is to be mea
I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
At all times it is better to have a method.
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
It (racing) is a matter of spirit, not strength. It is a matter of doing your best each little moment. There's never a break. You must have desire, a very intense desire to keep going.
It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.
Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
Doomed are the hotheads! Unhappy are they who lose their cool and are too proud to say, I'm sorry.
That which we do not believe, we cannot adequately say; even though we may repeat the words ever so often.
Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done.
Take the trouble to stop and think of the other person's feelings, his viewpoints, his desires and needs. Think more of what the other fellow wants, and how he must feel.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you.
An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.
Poetry is the language of feeling.
We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independant, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.
All men of action are dreamers.
Feelings are everywhere -- be gentle.
Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights.
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.
Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen to be a pygmy.
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.
The future is purchased by the present.
I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
Be smart, but never show it.
Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man.
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind.
The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.
Fear is met and destroyed with courage.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much.
You are wholly complete and your success in life will be in direct proportion to your ability to accept this truth about you.
Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children.
Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
Leap, and the net will appear.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
A drug is neither moral nor immoral -- it's a chemical compound. The compound itself is not a menace to society until a human being treats it as if consumption bestowed a temporary license to act like an asshole.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Our attitude towards ourselves should be to be satiable in learning and towards others to be tireless in teaching.
Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.
Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.
The less you know, the more you think you know, because you don't know you don't know.
We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.

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