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At all times it is better to have a method.

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.
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.
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.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
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.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.
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.
All men of action are dreamers.
Feelings are everywhere -- be gentle.
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.
Poetry is the language of feeling.
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.
Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights.
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.
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.
The future is purchased by the present.
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.
To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
Be smart, but never show it.
I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
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.
Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
You are wholly complete and your success in life will be in direct proportion to your ability to accept this truth about you.
The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much.
The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Those who resolve to conquer or die, are rarely conquered.
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.
We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.
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.
Our attitude towards ourselves should be to be satiable in learning and towards others to be tireless in teaching.
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.
We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
Leap, and the net will appear.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
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.
Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.
Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children.
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.
Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.
Any law that takes hold of a mans daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.
I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right -- shame on you!
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
It is a weakness of your human nature to hate those whom you have wronged.
Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.
To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.
He that never changes his opinion never corrects mistakes and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
When you stop having dreams and ideals -- well, you might as well stop altogether.
Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength
One pain is lessened by another's anguish.
Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.
Life is good when we think it's good. Life is bad when we don't think.
You begin by always expecting good things to happen
The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. [Matthew 7:12]
Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.
Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.
Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
You never know yourself till you know more than your body.
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.
God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?
Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.
Risk -- If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he doesn't know how wide it is, he'll jump and six times out of ten he'll make it.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
All of the top achievers I know are life-long learners... Looking for new skills, insights, and ideas. If they're not learning, they're not growing... not moving toward excellence.
We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving
It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.
Knowledge, like religion, must be experienced in order to be known.
In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
We know that every woman wants to be thin. Our images of womanhood are almost synonymous with thinness.
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
We read poetry because the poets, like ourselves, have been haunted by the inescapable tyranny of time and death; have suffered the pain of loss, and the more wearing, continuous pain of frustration and failure; and have had moods of unlooked-for release and peace. They have known and watched in themselves and others.
Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation.
Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
City life is millions of people being lonesome together.
Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.
Here is the simple but powerful rule... always give people more than they expect to get.
You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
The things which are most important don't always scream the loudest.
Our strength grows out of our weakness.
Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
Legend : a lie that has attained the dignity of age.
I just wake up and say, You're a bum, go do something worthwhile today.
Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image.
No matter what you do, do it to your utmost. I always attribute my success to always requiring myself to do my level best, if only in driving a tack in straight.
I grow old learning something new every day.
God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use.
Good humor isn't a trait of character, it is an art which requires practice.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
Courage -- a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you wake in the morning.
The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.
You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another.
Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.
Remember, when the judgment's weak, the prejudice is strong.
You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
There is something to that old saying that hate injures the hater, not the hated.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
I know that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire, I'll never go any further than my own back yard. For if it isn't there, I never really lost it. (Dorothy)
Only a dad but he gives his all To smooth the way for his children small, Doing with courage stern and grim, The deeds that his father did for him, This is the line that for him I pen, Only a dad, but the best of men.
Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Music causes us to think eloquently.
If music be the food of love; play on.
I've always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.
Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.
The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

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