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If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.
All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near.
Fate, then, is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought; for causes which are unpenetrated.
We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a belly-full of words and do not know a thing. The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.
There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, Anywhere but here.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.
Your talent is God's gift to you; what you do with it is your gift to God.
The bigger a man's head gets, the easier it is to fill his shoes.
Our minds can work for us or against us at any given moment. We can learn to accept and live with the natural psychological laws that govern us, understanding how to flow with life rather than struggle against it. We can return to our natural state of contentment.
A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.
Nothing in life is as good as the marriage of true minds between man and woman. As good? It is life itself.
Man's mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.
Irony is the hygiene of the mind.
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
Brains aren't designed to get result; they go in directions. If you know how the brain works you can set your own directions. If you don't, then someone else will.
A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine.
I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love, and abundance. Then, whenever doubt, anxiety, or fear try to call me, they will keep getting a busy signal and soon they'll forget my number.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
I'm nothing, yet I'm everything.
Everything begins with accepting oneself. Without self-acceptance, one cannot accomplish anything.
If a person lacks self-acceptance, he can't live with himself; if he lacks self-criticism, others can't live with him.
It doesn't matter what we do until we accept ourselves. Once we accept ourselves, it doesn't matter what we do.
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.
... focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
The attainment of an ideal is often the beginning of a disillusion.
When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your children.
I may be crazy but it keeps me from going insane.
Hope is the dream of a soul awake.
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
To find yourself, think for yourself.
Prudence is the virtue by which we discern what is proper to do under various circumstances in time and place.
Nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right.
What reinforcement we may gain from hope; If not, what resolution from despair.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
They also serve who only stand and wait.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
Reason also is choice.
None can love freedom heartily, but good men... the rest love not freedom, but license.
It is not miserable to be blind; it is miserable to be incapable of enduring blindness.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
The person who cannot laugh is not only ready for treason, and deceptions, their whole life is already a treason and deception.
Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!
A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
To us also, through every star, through every blade of grass, is not God made visible if we will open our minds and our eyes.
Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects.
All evil is like a nightmare; the instant you stir under it, the evil is gone.
Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out.
Pain forces even the innocent to lie.
Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.
It is not every question that deserves an answer.
If you would live innocently, seek solitude.
One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid.
One ungrateful person, does an injury to all needy people.
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.
Fortune is like glass--the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.
The person who receives the most favors is the one who knows how to return them.
The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
It is only the ignorant who despise education.
You can give in to the failure messages and be a bitter deadbeat of excuses. Or you can choose to be happy and positive and excited about life.
I don't believe people die from hard work. They die from stress and worry and fear -- the negative emotions. Those are the killers, not hard work. The fact is, in our society today, most people don't understand what hard work is all about.
Anyone can hate. It costs to love.
We may not always get what we want, but surely we will get what we deserve.
Happiness is a sort of action.
We were equals once when we lay new-born babes on our nurse's knees. We will be equal again when they tie up our jaws for the last sleep.
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
Nothing is easier than spending the public money. It does not appear to belong to anybody. The temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on somebody.
When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results.
When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.
When more and more people are thrown out of work, unemployment results.
I have never been hurt by what I have not said.
We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.
If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.
Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.
No one every listened themselves out of a job.
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.
Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.
Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives. Don't waste yourself in rejection, or bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
A cynic is just a man who found out when he was ten that there wasn't any Santa Claus, and he's still upset.
The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.
Cynicism is the intellectual cripple's substitute for intelligence.
The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can't ignore it, top it; if you can't top it, laugh at it; if you can't laugh at it, it's probably deserved.
There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don't know what's happening.
You must not enthrone ignorance just because there is much of it.
What is an expert? Someone who is twenty miles from home.
The love of evil is the root of all money.
If your time ain't come not even a doctor can kill you.
Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
People who are out to find fault seldom find anything else. It is a waste of time, no matter how much you find fault, it is not going to change anything. It's better to find a remedy.
The search for someone to blame is always successful.
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
Relationships are like a dance, with visible energy racing back and forth between partners. Some relationships are the slow, dark dance of death.
It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take. This is untrue. Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn't give enough.
Love bears it out even to the edge of doom.
They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.
By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
To lead people walk behind them.
A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up.
When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.
We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.
He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.
Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.
Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
I understand u have a plan, but you lose from the beginning if you don't stay focus on your mission, its Winsday, start working on a win.
There is no remedy for love than to love more.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?
He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful.
Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the good life we thinks others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts.

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