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We must open the doors of opportunity.

One-tenth of the folks run the world. One-tenth watch them run it, and the other eighty percent don't know what the hell's going on.
We will always tend to fulfill our own expectation of ourselves.
Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.
He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive.
I cannot think of any character below the flatterer, except he who envies him.
Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.
Make every thought, every fact, that comes into your mind pay you a profit. Make it work and produce for you. Think of things not as they are but as they might be. Don't merely dream -- but create!
The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.
The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not.
A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
Never excuse, never explain, never complain.
The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.
Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.
You're never s good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
Every soul which is born on Earth comes to bring unique, never-seen-before contributions to life on this planet. Your unique gifts can create a life of greater worth, quality and value. It only takes a token degree of willingness to show up. I have seen the Transmission perform miracles: radical, unexpected and massively positive improvements within a short time.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
The wisest keeps something of the vision of a child. Though he may understand a thousand things that a child could not understand, he is always a beginner, close to the original meaning of life.
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
A man of meditation is happy, not for an hour or a day, but quite round the circle of all his years.
Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
There couldn't be a society of people who didn't dream. They'd be dead in two weeks.
When asked what he would do if he only had six months to live: Type faster.
Life is a dream walking death is a going home.
When death overtakes us; all that we have is left to others; all that we are we take with us.
A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers
A mother understands what a child does not say.
He that would the daughter win must with the mother first begin.
A mother's heart is always with her children.
Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
The watchful mother tarries nigh, though sleep has closed her infants eyes.
A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know he sees it.
The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.
Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.
I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhood and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.
Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same -- and most mothers kiss and scold together.
God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers.
I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.
Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.
Two friendships in two breasts requires The same aversions and desires.
There's none so blind as they that won't see.
Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.
Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances.
The preservation of life seems to be rather a slogan than a genuine goal of the anti-abortion forces; what they want is control. Control over behavior: power over women. Women in the anti-choice movement want to share in male power over women, and do so by denying their own womanhood, their own rights and responsibilities.
Our roots are in the dark; the earth is our country. Why did we look up for blessing -- instead of around, and down? What hope we have lies there. Not in the sky full of orbiting spy-eyes and weaponry, but in the earth we have looked down upon. Not from above, but from below. Not in the light that blinds, but in the dark that nourishes, where human beings grow human souls.
We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.
Translation is entirely mysterious. Increasingly I have felt that the art of writing is itself translating, or more like translating than it is like anything else. What is the other text, the original? I have no answer. I suppose it is the source, the deep sea where ideas swim, and one catches them in nets of words and swings them shining into the boat... where in this metaphor they die and get canned and eaten in sandwiches.
There's a good deal in common between the mind's eye and the TV screen, and though the TV set has all too often been the boobtube, it could be, it can be, the box of dreams.
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
In the tale, in the telling, we are all one blood. Take the tale in your teeth, then, and bite till the blood runs, hoping it's not poison; and we will all come to the end together, and even to the beginning: living, as we do, in the middle.
In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void.
Reason is a faculty far larger than mere objective force. When either the political or the scientific discourse announces itself as the voice of reason, it is playing God, and should be spanked and stood in the corner.
The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is its cancellation. To be, the will to power must increase with each fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The vaster the power gained the vaster the appetite for more.
Love does not just sit there, like a stone; it had to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
Public speaking is done in the public tongue, the national or tribal language; and the language of our tribe is the men's language. Of course women learn it. We're not dumb. If you can tell Margaret Thatcher from Ronald Reagan, or Indira Gandhi from General Somoza, by anything they say, tell me how. This is a man's world, so it talks a man's language.
When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.
My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.
If your capacity to acquire has outstripped your capacity to enjoy, you are on the way to the scrap-heap.
All human joys are swift of wing, For heaven doth so allot it; That when you get an easy thing, You find you haven't got it.
As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.
You're a wise person if you can easily direct your attention to what ever needs it.
To succeed at the level I want to you have to be focused and serious.
When you walk on a court, clear your mind of everything unrelated to the goal of playing the match as well as you can.
The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.
Keep your eye on the ball and your head in the game.
The human mind is not rich enough to drive many horses abreast and wants one general scheme, under which it strives to bring everything.
Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
Think of many things, do only one.
It is better to excel in any single art than to arrive only at mediocrity in several, so moderate skill in several is to be preferred where one cannot attain to perfection in any.
The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.
What I focus on in life is what I get. And if I concentrate on how bad I am or how wrong I am or how inadequate I am, if I concentrate on what I can't do and how there's not enough time in which to do it, isn't that what I get every time? And when I think about how powerful I am, and when I think about what I have left to contribute, and when I think about the difference I can make on this planet, then that's what I get. You see, I recognize that it's not what happens to you; it's what you do about it.
Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader.
If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.
Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win. Channel your energy. Focus.
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
When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.
To me, the definition of focus is knowing exactly where you want to be today, next week, next month, next year, then never deviating from your plan. Once you can see, touch and feel your objective, all you have to do is pull back and put all your strength behind it, and you'll hit your target every time.
Don't dissipate your powers; strive to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it will surely repent of every ill-judged outlay.
Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short, in all the management of human affairs.
Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false.
Nothing focuses the mind better than the constant sight of a competitor who wants to wipe you off the map.
Our thoughts take the wildest flight: Even at the moment when they should arrange themselves in thoughtful order.
You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.
Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson, or delight that moment has to offer.
Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.
A solitary traveler can sleep from state to state, from day to night, from day to day, in the long womb of its controlled interior. It is the cradle that never stops rocking after the lullaby is over. It is the biggest sleeping tablet in the world, and no one need ever swallow the pill, for it swallows them.
The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.
In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
To love yourself is the beginning of a lifelong affair.
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.
Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.
Man's unique agony as a species consists in his perpetual conflict between the desire to stand out and the need to blend in.
Where all think alike, no one thinks very much
Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.
Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach for another is to risk involvement. To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To believe is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. They may avoid suffering an d sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their attitudes they are slaves; they have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is free.
Everything great that we know has come from neurotics never will the world be aware of how much it owes to them, nor above all what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.
The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity.
Neurosis has an absolute genius for malingering. There is no illness which it cannot counterfeit perfectly. If it is capable of deceiving the doctor, how should it fail to deceive the patient?
We have long observed that every neurosis has the result, and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the patient out of real life, of alienating him from actuality.
One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be happy is not included in the plan of Creation.
The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born.
When the judge calls the criminal's name out he stands up, and they are immediately linked by a strange biology that makes them both opposite and complementary. The one cannot exist without the other. Which is the sun and which is the shadow? It's well known some criminals have been great men.
The way out of trouble is never as simple as the way in.
God prepares great men for great tasks by great trials.
The world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it.
A joke, even if it be a lame one, is nowhere so keenly relished or quickly applauded as in a murder trial.
The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them.
The world is a contradiction, the universe a paradox.
The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.
How absurd men are! They never use the liberties they have, they demand those they do not have. They have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech.
The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.
There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.
Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.
A man's own self is his friend. A man's own self is his foe.
If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.
It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies; unvaccinated by suspicion, she overlooks lateness, accepts absurd excuses, permits the flimsiest patching to repair great rents in the quotidian.
Adultery itself in its principle is many times nothing but a curious inquisition after, and envy of another man's enclosed pleasures: and there have been many who refused fairer objects that they might ravish an enclosed woman from her retirement and single possessor.
O curse of marriage that we can call these delicate creatures ours and not their appetites!
Adultery is the application of democracy to love.
You know that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.
Humor -- the perfect relationship of the parts to the whole.
Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?
Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.
To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life.
Humor is not a mood but a way of looking at the world. So if it is correct to say that humor was stamped out in Nazi Germany, that does not mean that people were not in good spirits, or anything of that sort, but something much deeper and more important.
If you can make a woman laugh you can do anything with her.
Get well cards have become so humorous that if you don't get sick you're missing half the fun.
Where ever you find humor, you find pathos close by it side.
Humor is a whisper from the soul, imploring mind and body to relax, let go and be at peace again.
The greatest step is out the door.
Life is a game in which the rules are constantly changing; nothing spoils a game more than those who take it seriously. Adultery? Phooey! You should never subjugate yourself to another nor seek the subjugation of someone else to yourself. If you follow that Crispian principle you will be able to say Phooey, too, instead of reaching for your gun when you fancy yourself betrayed.
Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

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