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We cannot advance without new experiments in living, but no wise man tries every day what he has proved wrong the day before.

The experience gathered from books, though often valuable, is but the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from actual life is one of the nature of wisdom.
Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.
I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you -- it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.
Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
If you've got the guts to stick it out... you're going to make it.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.
Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
A distracted existence leads us to no goal.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.
The man who suspects his own tediousness is yet to be born.
Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
A minute's success pays the failure of years.
The wise person has long ears and a short tongue.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.
O, let my books be then the eloquence and dumb presages of my speaking breast.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true.
Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred it the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
We never get to love by hate, least of all by self-hatred.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.
We are under exercised as a nation. We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk. Our existence deprives us of the minimum of physical activity essential for healthy living.
Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. To us, exercise is nothing short of a miracle.
If you stand still long enough, you'll get stuck
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is.
To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love.
I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table.
If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else.
Change occurs in direct proportion to dissatisfaction, but dissatisfaction never changes.
Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.
Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.
When walking through the valley of shadows, remember, a shadow is cast by a Light.
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
Giving opens the way for receiving.
Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
We live in deeds

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
And he whose heart beats quickest lives the longest:
Lives in one hour more than in years do some
Whose fat blood sleeps as it slips along their veins.
Life's but a means unto an end; that end,
Beginning, mean, and end to all things -- God.
The dead have all the glory of the world.
That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.
We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.
You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.
A generous man places the benefits he confers beneath his feet; those he receives, nearest his heart.
I take as my guide the hope of a saint: in crucial things, unity... in important things, diversity... in all things, generosity.
Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
Love is not only something you feel. It's something you do.
Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
Marriage should be a duet -- when one sings, the other claps. Joe Murray The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.
If the secret sorrows of everyone could be read on their forehead, how many who now cause envy would suddenly become the objects of pity.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.
To ask women to become unnaturally thin is to ask them to relinquish their sexuality.
The Diet Mentality has come about because there is agreement in our society that the only way to lose weight is by dieting. But dieting produces absolutely no permanent, positive results. In fact, it makes you feel worse about yourself and probably does more damage than good to your health.
To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.
If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach, but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect, we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
Personal power is the ability to take action.
Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life?
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst.
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.
I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.
Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
Changing our diet is something we choose to do, not something we are forced to do. Instead of dreading it, try saying, Here's another thing I get to do to help myself. Great!
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
I don't know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion.
Progress is a tide. If we stand still we will surely be drowned. To stay on the crest, we have to keep moving.
Nimble thought can jump both sea and land.
Success is not the place one arrives, but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.
The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.
The past, though it cannot be relived, can always be repaired.
If you can't, you must. If you must, you can.
All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
It is not a lucky word, this name impossible; no good comes of those who have it so often in their mouths.
The Wright brothers flew through the smoke screen of impossibility.
To the timid soul, nothing is possible.
There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
A man's limitations are not the things he wants to do and can t; they are the things he ought to do but doesn't. The difficult we will do eventually, the impossible will just take a little more time.
All limits are self imposed.
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
I donot know how to forgive myself for what I have done.
Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
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.
There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.
Wellbeing is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.
The key to why things change is the key to everything.
If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.
False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.
Go further...treat others as THEY would like to be treated
Kind words are worth much and they cost little.
Don't cross the bridge till you come to it.
The point of living, and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.
feeling a little like how I'm feeling is not right for someone who has so much to smile about
Depression moods lead, almost invariably, to accidents. But, when they occur, our mood changes again, since the accident shows we can draw the world in our wake, and that we still retain some degree of power even when our spirits are low. A series of accidents creates a positively light-hearted state, out of consideration for this strange power.
The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
There is no original truth, only original error.
If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.
Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
Razors pain you; rivers are damp; acids stain you; and drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; nooses give; gas smells awful; you might as well live.
The wise weigh their words on a scale with gold.
All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.
Life is a flower of which love is the honey.
We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
Impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, we make our irrevocable decisions
Yearn to understand first and to be understood second.
Whenever we're afraid, its because we don't know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid.
Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
The closed mind, if closed long enough, can be opened by nothing short of dynamite.
Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.
We must accept life for what it actually is -- a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.
Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind.
Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets.
Success by the laws of competition signifies a victory over others by obtaining the direction and profits of their work. This is the real source of all great riches.
The great recipe for success is to work, and always work.
To succeed means that you may have to step out of line and march to the sound of your own drummer.
We are rich only through what we give; and poor only through we refuse and keep.
Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.
Ah, when to the heart of man was it ever less than a treason to go with the drift of things to yield with a grace to reason and bow and accept at the end of a love or a season.

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