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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.
Depend on no man, on no friend but him who can depend on himself. He only who acts conscientiously toward himself, will act so toward others.
The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui s, vanish, all duties even.
You live with your thoughts -- so be careful what they are.
Do not think that what your thoughts dwell upon is of no matter. Your thoughts are making you.
I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can.
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.
Alone, even doing nothing, you do not waste your time. You do, almost always, in company. No encounter with yourself can be altogether sterile: Something necessarily emerges, even if only the hope of some day meeting yourself again.
Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.
The whole business of your life overwhelms you when you live alone. One's stupefied by it. To get rid of it you try to daub some of it off on to people who come to see you, and they hate that. To be alone trains one for death.
Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are.
History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
In solitude, where we are least alone.
No matter how close to yours another's steps have grown, in the end there is one dance you'll do alone.
The higher we rise, the more isolated we become; all elevations are cold.
The mark of solitude is silence, as speech is the mark of community. Silence and speech have the same inner correspondence and difference as do solitude and community. One does not exist without the other. Right speech comes out of silence, and right silence comes out of speech.
A writer who writes, I am alone... can be considered rather comical. It is comical for a man to recognize his solitude by addressing a reader and by using methods that prevent the individual from being alone. The word alone is just as general as the word bread. To pronounce it is to summon to oneself the presence of everything the word excludes.
Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily.
Talk is cheap, but promises are expensive. Only use them on occasions.
Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.
One promises much, to avoid giving little.
Between today and tomorrow are graves, and between promising and fulfilling are chasms.
Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.
Nothing weights lighter than a promise.
Eggs and oaths are easily broken.
In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone's letter.
He loses his thanks who promises and delays.
The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.
It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he is in love, drunk, or running for office.
A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.
Better break your word than do worse in keeping it.
Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.
He is poor indeed that can promise nothing.
But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.
Promise is most given when the least is said.
It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
All of the troubles that some people have in life is that which they married into.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.
I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered for themselves. There are perhaps less wrong-minded people than thoughtless.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries is not the goal but the exercise.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?
Love means the body, the soul, the life, the entire being. We feel love as we feel the warmth of our blood, we breathe love as we breathe air, we hold it in ourselves as we hold our thoughts. Nothing more exists for us.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.
If I had some idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?
Wonder if there is life on another planet? Let's suppose there is. Suppose further, that only one star in a trillion has a planet that could support life. If that were the case, then there would be at least 100 million planets that harbored life.
The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
It is our relation to circumstances that determine their influence over us. The same wind that blows one ship into port may blow another off shore.
Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image.
It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.
If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.
Listen. Don't explain or justify.
Work is only work if you'd rather be doing something else.
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.
Success is not a doorway, it's a staircase.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Life begins at 40 -- but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Hoping means that the outcome you want is possible, and working for it.
It is the experience of living that is important, not searching for meaning. We bring meaning by how we love the world
Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.
The wheel goes round and round, some are up and some are on the down, and still the wheel goes round.
But now our fate from unmomentous things, may rise like rivers out of little springs.
Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late
The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.
Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.
Man tends to root for the underdog, because he fears that he will find himself in that same position far too often.
Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
There's a basic human weakness inherent in all people which tempts them to want what they can't have and not want what is readily available to them.
Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
The half is greater than the whole.
One we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.
He is not poor that hath not much, but he that craves much.
When I'm not thanked at all, I'm thanked enough, I've done my duty, and I've done no more.
Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement -- and we will make the goal.
If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.
Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.
There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants -- more than anything else -- to become rich. As long as they don't have the money, it'll seem like a worthwhile goal. Once they do, they'll understand how important other things are -- and have always been.
It is up to us to give ourselves recognition. If we wait for it to come from others, we feel resentful when it doesn't, and when it does, we may well reject it.
Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
Prosperity depends more on wanting what you have than having what you want.
Appreciation of life itself, becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive, on this planet, can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle. We come awake to such a realization when we recognize our connection to a spiritual dimension.
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.
The most unhappy of all men is the man who cannot tell what he is going to do, who has got no work cut-out for him in the world, and does not go into it. For work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind,honest work, which you intend getting done.
No sooner does a great man depart, and leave his character as public property, than a crowd of little men rushes towards it. There they are gathered together, blinking up to it with such vision as they have, scanning it from afar, hovering round it this way and that, each cunningly endeavoring, by all arts, to catch some reflex of it in the little mirror of himself.
All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.
There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinion of the things that happen.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.
Truth lies within ourselves: it takes no rise from outward things, whatever you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness and to Know rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape than in effecting entry for light supposed to be without.
It is best to be yourself, imperial, plain and true.
So free we seem, so fettered we are!
It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes.
In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.
However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure.
Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.
It is not good enough for things to be planned -- they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.
One must be aware that one is continually being tested in what one wishes most in order to make clear whether one's heart is on earth or in heaven.
Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

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