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Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.

We will either find a way, or make one.
Not only don't diets work, they're actually designed to fail. It's not you or your lack of will power that's the problem. It's that diets by their very nature simply don't work.
Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.
Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy you don't need it. If you are sick you shouldn't take it.
Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.
The physically fit can enjoy their vices.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
You go for it. All the stops are out. Caution is to the wind, and you're battling with everything you have. That's the real fun of the game.
A joke is not a thing but a process, a trick you play on the listener's mind. You start him off toward a plausible goal, and then by a sudden twist you land him nowhere at all or just where he didn't expect to go.
As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also draw nearer to his neighbor?
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
Friendships that have stood the test of time and chance are surely best, Brows may wrinkle, hair grow gray, Friendship never knows decay.
Each day a few more lies eat into the seed with which we are born, little institutional lies from the print of newspapers, the shock waves of television, and the sentimental cheats of the movie screen.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
Never insult an alligator until you've crossed the river.
Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
It is easy to forgive an insult, but harder to forget one.
The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the knee plus ultra of art. What insult is so keen or so keenly felt, as the polite insult which it is impossible to resent?
You will find that silence or very gentle words are the most exquisite revenge for insult.
It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.
Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.
He that has light within his own clear breast may sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
I have had, and may have still, a thousand friends, as they are called, in life, who are like one's partners in the waltz of this world --not much remembered when the ball is over.
We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do for which we are accountable.
I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have ? life itself.
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
Accept the consequences of your actions in order to become the agent of your mental, physical, spiritual and material success.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.
If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.
The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
Hope is a waking dream.
He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips it's turn.
If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul -- and sings the tunes without the words -- and never stops at all.
The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the stairs... one step at a time.
People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.
The silence of a flower: a kind of silence which we continually evade, of which we find only the shadow in dreams.
Classic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. ROLLING IN THE MUCK IS NOT THE BEST WAY OF GETTING CLEAN.
You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.
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.
In order to experience everyday spirituality, we need to remember that we are spiritual beings spending some time in a human body.
Conformity, humility, acceptance... with these coins we are to pay our fares to paradise.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
Most people can't understand how others can blow their noses differently than they do.
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.
Fear God, and offend not the Prince nor his laws, and keep thyself out of the magistrate's claws.
The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other.
The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.
We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove.
One lesson we learn early, that in spite of seeming difference, men are all of one pattern. We readily assume this with our mates, and are disappointed and angry if we find that we are premature, and that their watches are slower than ours. In fact, the only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion.
The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose.
We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection. Is this not sad?
He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.
Everything in this book may be wrong. [The Savior's Manual]
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others, but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.
When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.
The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance.
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
There is nothing that people bear more impatiently, or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.
A man must learn to forgive himself.
Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.
You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.
Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.
Truth arises more readily from error than from confusion.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
The less routine the more life.
Life is a gamble at terrible odds, if it were a bet, you would not take it.
Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.
The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams. We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century.
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.
What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear.
Life only demands from you the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible; not to run away.
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
He that undervalues himself will undervalue others, and he that undervalues others will oppress them.
The imagination equips us to perceive reality when it is not fully materialized.
Imagination... its limits are only those of the mind itself.
Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
In the long run, the pessimist may be proven right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip.
I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.
If you pray for rain, don't be surprised if you're struck by lightning.
I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.
Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.
There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude -- confidence in self.
The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence.
The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
We are all born mad. Some remain so.
A man can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
There is nothing so stupid as an educated man, if you get him off the thing he was educated in.
The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.
Nothing is so beautiful as spring -- when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
Many of us spend our lives searching for success when it is usually so close that we can reach out and touch it.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Read nothing that you do not care to remember, and remember nothing you do not mean to use.
He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.
The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.
He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.
In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

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