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The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Let God's promises shine on your problems.
Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.
Joy runs deeper than despair
Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger.
So that here we have, really, the compound, the overall philosophy of Lincoln: in all those things which deal with people, be liberal, be human. In all those things which deal with the peoples money or their economy, or their form of government, be conservativeand dont be afraid to use the word. And so today, Republicans come forward with programs in which there are such words as balanced budgets, and cutting expenditures, and all the kind of thing that means this economy must be conservative, it must be solvent. But they also come forward and say we are concerned with every Americans health, with a decent house for him, we are concerned that he will have a chance for health, and his children for education. We are going to see that he has power available to him. We are going to see that everything takes place that will enrich his life and let him as an individual, hard-working American citizen, have full opportunity to do for his children and his family what any decent American should want to do.
I am not a teacher, but an awakener.
Those who trust us educate us.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
Choose your love, Love your choice.
Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.
The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.
It takes vision and courage to create -- it takes faith and courage to prove.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.
Physical courage, which engages all danger, will make a person brave in one way; and moral courage, which defies all opinion, will make a person brave in another.
Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.
The secret of freedom, courage.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
What a new face courage puts on everything!
Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage.
Courage is grace under pressure.
Courage is acting in spite of fear.
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.
It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
Self-trust is the essence of heroism.
Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.
A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.
The generative energy, which, when we are loose, dissipates and makes us unclean, when we are continent invigorates and inspires us. Chastity is the flowering of man; and what are called Genius, Heroism, Holiness, and the like, are but various fruits which succeed it.
Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
Gratitude is the heart's memory.
Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
What makes a hero truly great is that they never despair.
The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.
A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.
God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father s. He's more particular. The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.
All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.
Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never -- in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
There is in the act of preparing, the moment you start caring.
Responsibility is the price of greatness.
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.
Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.
Peace, like charity, begins at home.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.
No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.
It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. [Merchant Of Venice]
The knowledge of truth, combined with the proper regard for it and its' faithful observance, constitutes true education.
Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
Every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.
Your friendship is your needs answered.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
In politics... shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
Friendship is constant in all other things, Save in the office and affairs of love.
Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.
Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Friendship is essentially a partnership.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
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.
Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Where liberty is, there is my country.
You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
I dream of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same -- and most mothers kiss and scold together.
All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
We have heard much of the phrase, peace and friendship. This phrase, in expressing the aspiration of America, is not complete. We should say instead, peace and friendship, in freedom. This, I think, is America's real message to the rest of the world.
If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.
To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
Football is like life -- it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.
Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody.
The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods.
The human race has but one really affective weapon, and that is laughter.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Yes, we must ever be friends; and of all who offer you friendship Let me be ever the first, the truest, the nearest and dearest!
Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?
The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
Their manners, speech, dress, friendships, -- the freshness and candor of their physiognomy -- the picturesque looseness of their carriage -- their deathless attachment to freedom -- their aversion to anything indecorous or soft or mean -- the practical acknowledgment of the citizens of one state by the citizens of all other states -- the fierceness of their roused resentment -- their curiosity and welcome of novelty -- their self-esteem and wonderful sympathy -- their susceptibility to a slight -- the air they have of persons who never knew how it felt to stand in the presence of superiors -- the fluency of their speech -- their delight in music, a sure symptom of manly tenderness and native elegance of soul -- their good temper and open-handedness -- the terrible significance of their elections, the President's taking off his hat to them, not they to him -- these too are unrhymed poetry. It awaits the gigantic and generous treatment worthy of it.
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
In each age men of genius undertake the ascent. From below, the world follows them with their eyes. These men go up the mountain, enter the clouds, disappear, reappear, People watch them, mark them. They walk by the side of precipices. They daringly pursue their road. See them aloft, see them in the distance; they are but black specks. On they go. The road is uneven, its difficulties constant. At each step a wall, at each step a trap. As they rise the cold increases. They must make their ladder, cut the ice and walk on it., hewing the steps in haste. A storm is raging. Nevertheless they go forward in their madness. The air becomes difficult to breath. The abyss yawns below them. Some fall. Others stop and retrace their steps; there is a sad weariness. The bold ones continue. They are eyed by the eagles; the lightning plays about them: the hurricane is furious. No matter, they persevere.

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