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You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

The best time to make friends is before you need them.
Your friends will know you better in the first minute they meet you than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
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.
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.
To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself.
The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is of the Lord.
It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends.
That is what friendship means. Sharing the prejudice of experience.
Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another. -
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil -- but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small silly presents every so often -- just to save it from drying out completely
Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life.
I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found one hath found a treasure.
Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto him. A new friend is as new wine: when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. [Proverbs 27:19]
There's a point of poverty at which the spirit isn't with the body all the time. It finds the body really too unbearable. So it's almost as if you were talking to the soul itself. And a soul's not properly responsible.
I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy. Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy. I was deprived. (Oh not deprived but rather underprivileged.) Then they told me that underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still don't have a dime. But I have a great vocabulary.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen.
Oh, God! that bread should be so dear! And flesh and blood so cheap!
We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition.
You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.
Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.
Poverty is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the task of many people to conceal their neediness from others. Consequently they support themselves by temporary means, and everyday is lost in contriving for tomorrow.
When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist.
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
Before water generates steam, it must register 212 of heat; 200 will not do it. The water must boil to generate enough steam to move an engine. Lukewarm water will not run anything. Lukewarmness will not generate life's work.
A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash.
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.
Both the Moral Majority, who are recycling medieval language to explain AIDS, and those ultra-leftists who attribute AIDS to some sort of conspiracy, have a clearly political analysis of the epidemic. But even if one attributes its cause to a microorganism rather than the wrath of God, or the workings of the CIA, it is clear that the way in which AIDS has been perceived, conceptualized, imagined, researched and financed makes this the most political of diseases.
Sometimes I have a terrible feeling that I am dying not from the virus, but from being untouchable.
We're all going to go crazy, living this epidemic every minute, while the rest of the world goes on out there, all around us, as if nothing is happening, going on with their own lives and not knowing what it's like, what we're going through. We're living through war, but where they're living it's peacetime, and we're all in the same country.
The AIDS epidemic has rolled back a big rotting log and revealed all the squirming life underneath it, since it involves, all at once, the main themes of our existence: sex, death, power, money, love, hate, disease and panic. No American phenomenon has been so compelling since the Vietnam War.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
When fight begins within himself, a man's worth something.
I have come back again to where I belong; not an enchanted place, but the walls are strong.
Most people never feel secure because they are always worried that they will lose their job, lose the money they already have, lose their spouse, lose their health, and so on. The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way, that you are increasing the caliber of who you are and that you are valuable to your company, your friends, and your family.
The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.
Grace means the free, unmerited, unexpected love of God, and all the benefits, delights, and comforts which flow from it. It means that while we were sinners and enemies we have been treated as sons and heirs.
Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation.
Without grace beauty is an unabated hook.
Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.
Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.
The ultimate security is your understanding of reality.
The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.
It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others.
A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most. On Other Peoples Expectations: The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.
Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates.
Sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is to get to that place where you don't have to be anything else.
Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it.
I don't want expensive gifts; I don't want to be bought. I have everything I want. I just want someone to be there for me, to make me feel safe and secure.
Many people think that by hoarding money they are gaining safety for themselves. if money is your ONLY hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a person can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. Without these qualities, money is practically useless.
Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.
Humility like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.
Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.
When I was research head of General Motors and wanted a problem solved, I'd place a table outside the meeting room with a sign: LEAVE SLIDE RULES HERE! If I didn't do that, I'd find some engineer reaching for his slide rule. Then he'd be on his feet saying, Boss you can't do that.
Observation more than books and experience more than persons, are the prime educators.
Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. [Psalm 119:105]
Where no counsel is, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. [Proverbs 11:14]
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. [2 Corinthians 4:16]
Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
Good breeding is the result of good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others.
Heredity is nothing, but stored environment.
Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?
People are like stained -- glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within
An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
The kind of ancestors we have had is not as important as the kind of descendants our ancestors have.
Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrations and revolutionists.
We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
They talk about their Pilgrim blood, their birthright high and holy! a mountain-stream that ends in mud thinks is melancholy.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
Ability is of little account without opportunity.
Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.
The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.
All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one...characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.
God does not ask about our ability, but our availability.
Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you.
As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted.
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so indispensable, none so powerful, as hope. Without hope men are only half alive. With hope they dream and think and work.
Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.
To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last -- but eat you he will.
Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
It is a wise person that adapts themselves to all contingencies; it's the fool who always struggles like a swimmer against the current.
The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.
What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise.
One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.
We are for aiding our allies by sharing some of our material blessings with those nations which share in our fundamental beliefs, but we are against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world. We set out to help 19 countries. We are helping 107 We spent $146 billion. With that money, we bought a 2-million-dollar yacht for Haile Selassie. We bought dress suits for Greek undertakers, extra wives for Kenya government officials. We bought a thousand TV sets for a place where they have no electricity.
These unhappy times call for the building of plans that build from the bottom up and not from the top down, that put their faith once more in the forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Any thought that is passed on to the subconscious often enough and convincingly enough is finally accepted.
We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.
You can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older.
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
Almsgiving tends to perpetuate poverty; aid does away with it once and for all. Almsgiving leaves a man just where he was before. Aid restores him to society as an individual worthy of all respect and not as a man with a grievance. Almsgiving is the generosity of the rich; social aid levels up social inequalities. Charity separates the rich from the poor; aid raises the needy and sets him on the same level with the rich.
Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.
The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not to take his burden from him, but to call out his best energy, that he may be able to bear the burden.
God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity still in the cloud, the oil still in the earth. How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
Every hardship; every joy; every temptation is a challenge of the spirit; that the human soul may prove itself. The great chain of necessity wherewith we are bound has divine significance; and nothing happens which has not some service in working out the sublime destiny of the human soul.
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.
The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
Pleasure that is obtained by unreasonable and unsuitable cost, must always end in pain.
There is much pain that is quite noiseless; and vibrations that make human agonies are often a mere whisper in the roar of hurrying existence. There are glances of hatred that stab and raise no cry of murder; robberies that leave man or woman for ever beggared of peace and joy, yet kept secret by the sufferer --committed to no sound except that of low moans in the night, seen in no writing except that made on the face by the slow months of suppressed anguish and early morning tears. Many an inherited sorrow that has marred a life has been breathed into no human ear.
The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.
Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.
Why do people persist in a dissatisfying relationship, unwilling either to work toward solutions or end it and move on? It's because they know changing will lead to the unknown, and most people believe that the unknown will be much more painful than what they're already experiencing.
Do not undervalue the headache. While it is at its sharpest it seems a bad investment; but when relief begins, the unexpired remainder is worth $4 a minute.
There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.
The injuries we do and the injuries we suffer are seldom weighed on the same scales.
Remember that pain has this most excellent quality. If prolonged it cannot be severe, and if severe it cannot be prolonged.

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