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The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness.

A little neglect may breed great mischief.
Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.
Gratitude helps you to grow and expands; gratitude brings you and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.
Life is full and overflowing with the new. But it is necessary to empty out the old to make room for the new to enter.
In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can.
Religion enables us to ignore nothingness and get on with the jobs of life.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. We cannot force love.
Love cures people -- both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.
To fill the hour -- that is happiness.
If we make a couple of discoveries here and there we need not believe things will go on like this for ever. Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later.
Life is too short for a long story.
While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind.
Whoever will cultivate their own mind will find full employment. Every virtue does not only require great care in the planting, but as much daily solicitude in cherishing as exotic fruits and flowers; the vices and passions (which I am afraid are the natural product of the soil) demand perpetual weeding. Add to this the search after knowledge... and the longest life is too short.
I believe that any single dream contains the essential message about our existence.
Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.
I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.
Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world.
No one can make us angry. People can say and do things to us but it is still up to us as individuals to do what we want with our emotions in response to those things.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.
Inspiration comes of working every day.
Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
Never permit failure to become a habit.
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.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature -- trees, flowers, grass -- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
We can not do great things. We can only do little things with great love.
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.
Endurance and to be able to endure is the first lesson a child should learn because it's the one they will most need to know.
Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
In business for yourself, not by yourself.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them.
When thou standest still from thinking and willing of self, the eternal hearing, seeing, and speaking will be revealed to thee, and so God heareth and seeth through thee. Thine own hearing, willing, and seeing hindereth thee, that thou dost not see nor hear God.
When thou art quiet and silent, then art thou as God was before nature and creature; thou art that which God then wats; thou art that whereof he made thy nature and creature: Then thou hearest and seest even with that wherewith God himself saw and heard in thee, before every thine own willing or thine own seeing began.
With renunciation life begins.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
The most important thing about motivation is goal setting. You should always have a goal.
Help people become more motivated by guiding them to the source of their own power.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.
If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.
Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else.
Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
Once you begin to believe there is help out there, you will know it to be true.
Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.
Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.
Learn not only to find what you like, learn to like what you find.
If you love something let it go free. If it doesn't come back, you never had it. If it comes back, love it forever.
Action cures fear, inaction creates terror.
Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it.
Have a strong mind and a soft heart.
Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
Never confuse motion with action.
You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.
He that speaks much, is much mistaken.
He's a fool that makes his doctor his heir.
Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.
Well done, is better than well said.
He that rises late must trot all day.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
Whilst the last members were signing [the Constitution], Doctor Franklin, looking towards the Presidents chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art, a rising, from a setting, sun. I have, said he, often and often, in the course of the session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President, without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting; but now at length, I have the happiness to know, that it is a rising, and not a setting sun.
We must not in the course of public life expect immediate approbation and immediate grateful acknowledgment of our services. But let us persevere through abuse and even injury. The internal satisfaction of a good conscience is always present, and time will do us justice in the minds of the people, even those at present the most prejudiced against us.
You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Let thy discontents be thy secrets.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.
Energy and persistence alter all things.
Nothing preaches better than the act.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
To be thrown upon one's own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.
When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it.
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means -- either may do -- the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.
Laws too gentle, are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
The things which hurt, instruct.
He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.
There are no gains without pains.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
That which resembles most living one's life over again, seems to be to recall all the circumstances of it; and, to render this remembrance more durable, to record them in writing.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
One today is worth two tomorrows.
Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
Learn of the skillful; he that teaches himself, has a fool for his master.
Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies it is the first law of nature.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
You must have the devil in you to succeed in the arts.
Men give advice; God gives guidance.
All of us are watchers -- of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway -- but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing
The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
Search not a wound too deep lest thou make a new one.
If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
Work keeps at bay, three great evils -- boredom, vice and need.
Let us work without theorizing, 'Tis the only way to make life endurable.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race.
Self-love is the instrument of our preservation.
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.
Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.
Work is often the father of pleasure.
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong
By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
Stay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
Learning is a livelihood.
No man should ever display his bravery unless he is prepared for battle, nor bear the marks of defiance, until he has experienced the abilities of his enemy.
In time of danger it is proper to be alarmed until danger be near at hand; but when we perceive that danger is near, we should oppose it as if we were not afraid.
Perhaps nobody ever accomplishes all that he feels lies in him to do; but nearly every one who tries his power touches the walls of his being.
Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.
Give yourself something to work toward -- constantly.
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
Whatever is your best time in the day, give that to communion with God.

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