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He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
If you can keep your head about you when all about you are losing theirs, its just possible you haven't grasped the situation.
Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero's heart.
The Thames is liquid history.
A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity --it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance.
Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates.
Confidence is a lot of this game or any game. If you don't think you can, you won't.
The great tragedy of science is the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
The silence of a flower: a kind of silence which we continually evade, of which we find only the shadow in dreams.
Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.
For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous dragon's teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men.
Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod.
Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.
How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend.
When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.
The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo, the more he can remember the more divine his life becomes.
The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
It is by loving and by being loved that one can come nearest to the soul of another.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
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.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.
Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do.
I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done.
The only normal people are the one's you don't know very well.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Stung by the splendor of a sudden thought.
Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.
... focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.
You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge.
We don't know who we are until we see what we can do
Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
Truth can be a dangerous thing. It is quite patient and relentless.
Boxing is dangerous, but at least it hits the right people.
Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.
Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there.
Seek not good from without: seek it within yourselves, or you will never find it.
Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to God for his goodness.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it.
With the eye made quiet by power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, We see into the life of things.
If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
The self is only that which it is in the process of becoming.
We should be lenient in our judgment, because often the mistakes of others would have been ours had we had the opportunity to make them.
You can't buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as Soho poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.
Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.
As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?
The worst sin... is... to be indifferent.
When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.
Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.
Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.
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 real world is not user-friendly
Don't forget until too late that the business of life is not business, but living.
Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.
No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward.
Life's enchanted cup sparkles near the brim.
Live with integrity, respect the rights of other people, and follow your own bliss.
Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.
The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing: we know this in countless ways.
Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not yet understood.
Life is a glass given to us to fill; a busy life is filling it with as much as it can hold; a hurried life has had more poured into it than it can contain.
You can often measure a person by the size of his dream.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
I have not failed. I've just found 10, 000 ways that won't work.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.
Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.
We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends.
The penalty for success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.
The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.
Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.
There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.
Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.
A person may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him a prisoner.
Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
An epitaph is a belated advertisement for a line of goods that has been discontinued.
Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Plan for this world as if you expect to live forever; but plan for the hereafter as if you expect to die tomorrow.
Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.
Life itself is the proper binge.
Beauty is the mark God sets on virtue. Every natural action is graceful; every heroic act is also decent, and causes the place and the bystanders to shine.
Every time I look into the eyes of an animal I see life; the force of life and the beauty of creation
I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
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.
There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.
Right is its own defense.
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.
Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.

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