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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.

Life is uncharted territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time.
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy. It's not giving a damn.
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
Love can never grow old. Locks may lose their brown and gold. Cheeks may fade and hollow grow. But the hearts that love will know, never winter's frost and chill, summer's warmth is in them still.
Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.
Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.
Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self -- a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change -- the willful act of making the change, doing something.
Your talent is God's gift to you; what you do with it is your gift to God.
Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.
A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world. There is nothing that is an accident. You are a special combination for a purpose-and don't let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion. (Live an illusion if you have to). You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do. Don't ever believe that you have nothing to contribute. The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.
What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God.
A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.
Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations -- wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.
When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks.
The face of evil is always the face of total need.
Intelligence and war are games, perhaps the only meaningful games left. If any player becomes too proficient, the game is threatened with termination.
I think there are innumerable gods. What we on earth call God is a little tribal God who has made an awful mess. Certainly forces operating through human consciousness control events.
Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it creative observation. Creative viewing.
This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.
Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.
Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.
I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, No, I won't do it, I won't behave his way anymore. I'm lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving and then you do it
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
We all labor against our own cure, for death is the cure of all diseases.
All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.
Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
If you do not develop the hunger and courage to pursue your goal, you will lose your nerve and you will give up on your dream.
Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.
You have the courage and power to live your dreams.
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.
One of the most essential things you need to do for yourself is to choose a goal that is important to you. Perfection does not exist -- you can always do better and you can always grow.
You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the next level of accomplishment.
Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation -- it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.
You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.
No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.
Great writers are the saints for the godless.
What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere -- it is an art form in itself.
You can never betray the people who are dead, so you go on being a public Jew; the dead can't answer slurs, but I'm here. I would love to think that Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, but he doesn't.
Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.
A man can go from being a lover to being a stranger in three moves flat but a woman under the guise of friendship will engage in acts of duplicity which come to light very much later. There are different species of self-justification.
Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.
Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.
A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.
Like many rich men, he thought in anecdotes; like many simple women, she thought in terms of biography.
A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in.
Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.
It will be a pity if women in the more conventional mould are to be phased out, for there will never be anyone to go home to.
Forgive those who have hurt you.
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
As you reach your goals, set new ones. That is how you grow and become a more powerful person.
It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike.
To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy.
Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.
All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.
Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.
Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.
I could be content that we might procreate like trees, without conjunction, or that there were any way to perpetuate the world without this trivial and vulgar way of coition.
As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason.
Come, fair repentance, daughter of the skies! Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue; The weeping messenger of grace from heaven.
We term sleep a death by which we may be literally said to die daily; in fine, so like death, I dare not trust it without my prayers.
Charity But how shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves? Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner.
A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender.
Though it be in the power of the weakest arm to take away life, it is not in the strongest to deprive us of death.
Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]
Choosing goals that are important to you is one of the most essential things you can do in order to live your dreams.
Goals are not dreamy, pie-in-the-sky ideals. They have every day practical applications and they should be practical.
If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.
Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.
In the end, it is the person you become, not the things you have achieved, that is the most important.
Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.
Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.
I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes incredibly cruel, but we are well equipped for it if only we tap into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom.
Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.
If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness.
If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present.
When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.
Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.
Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.

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