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I said to the almond tree, Friend, speak to me of God, and the almond tree blossomed.

The ship of heaven guides itself and will not accept a wooden rudder.
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life.
It's not the situation. It's your reaction to the situation.
You got to sing like you don't need the money; Love like you'll never get hurt; You got to dance like nobody's watchin'; It's gotta come from the heart if you want it to work.
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.
You are more likely to act yourself into feelings, than feel yourself into action.
Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.
Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.
Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, and insinuations and misrepresentations which are uttered against him.
In the stress of modern life, how little room is left for that most comfortable vanity that whispers in our ears that failures are not faults! Now we are taught from infancy that we must rise or fall upon our own merits; that vigilance wins success, and incapacity means ruin.
It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.
If I have any justification for having lived it's simply, I'm nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There's some value in that.
Both men and women are fallible. The difference is, women know it.
Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.
If we make a couple of discoveries here and there we need not believe things will go on like this for ever. Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later.
A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.
Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.
Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow -- that is patience.
The most vital thing in a man's life is his mental attitude.
A positive attitude can really make dreams come true -- it did for me.
Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!
All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.
The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.
Perfect works are rare, because they must be produced at the happy moment when taste and genius unite; and this rare conjuncture, like that of certain planets, appears to occur only after the revolution of several cycles, and only lasts for an instant.
Perfection is perfectly simple; fouling things up requires true skill.
Blessed is that man who has found his work.
Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Impatience is the cause of most of our irregularities and extravagances Command by obeying.
Those who endure conquer.
Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.
Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate.
One must either be the hammer or the anvil.
In the morning of life, work; in the mid day give council; in the evening, pray.
There is only one way to get ready for immortality, and that is to love this life and live it as bravely and faithfully and cheerfully as we can.
He who marries for money earns it.
Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
If you have it [Love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
One of the best kept secrets in America is that people are aching to make a commitment, if they only had the freedom and environment in which to do so.
We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource [Information] that is not only renewable, but self-generating. Running out of it is not a problem, but drowning in it is.
We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human race.
Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.
The longer you stay in one place, the greater your chances of disillusionment.
Failures are divided into two classes -- those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
The tongue can paint what the eye can't see.
I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.
The good days weren't really so good, and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems.
Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man's nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become Golems, they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
Create your future from your future not your past.
I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
Future: That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Human improvement is from within outward.
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
Shining through tears, like April suns in showers, that labor to overcome the cloud that loads em.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.
We are all alike, on the inside.
Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.
Do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty --the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself.
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.
The only people who never fail are those who never try.
Failure is the tuition you pay for success.
Failure is an event, never a person.
You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the next level of accomplishment.
A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.
My downfall raises me to infinite heights.
On this path effort never goes to waste, and there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.
I wasn't afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure.
If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
We are all failures -- at least, all the best of us are.
Accept failure as a normal part of living. View it as part of the process of exploring your world; make a note of its lessons and move on.
The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
All the power that we exercise over others depends on the power we exercise over ourselves.
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they will.
Never trust the teller, trust the tale.
Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
Time and I against any two.
Better a friendly refusal than an unwilling consent.
One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.
Life is not accountable to us. We are accountable to life.
Your ability to learn depends partly on your ability to relinquish what you've held.
Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates.
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one.
Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose.
Noise proves nothing, Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.
Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.
When we don't have what we like, we must like what we have.
There are no miracles for those that have no faith in them.
Music can't change the world.
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.
So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being.
That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
Imagination is not a talent of some people but is the health of everyone.
Be true to the best you know. This is your high ideal. If you do your best, you cannot do more.
Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
I feel there are two people inside me - me and my intuition. If I go against her, she'll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
How a sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man's self to himself! He is his own exclusive object. Supreme selfishness is inculcated in him as his only duty,
Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
The avarice person is ever in want; let your desired aim have a fixed limit.
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
From top to bottom of the ladder, greed is aroused without knowing where to find ultimate foothold. Nothing can calm it, since its goal is far beyond all it can attain. Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned.
You are only as strong as your purpose, therefore let us choose reasons to act that are big bold righteous and eternal.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me.
The creation of a thousand forest in one acorn.
Power tires only those who do not have it.
He who does not hope to win has already lost.
The reason why so little is done, is generally because so little is attempted.
He that does good to another does good also to himself.
Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little death.
Comfort zones are plush lined coffins. When you stay in your plush lined coffins, you die.
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
We are never the same with others as when we are alone. We are different, even when we are in the dark with them.
Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.
I was never less alone than when by myself.

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