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There has never been a time when you and I have not existed, nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist. As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes.

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly
If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
The great person is ahead of their time, the smart make something out of it, and the blockhead, sets themselves against it.
To act and act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait and wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the rising and falling tides (of affairs), so that with nature and law at his back, and truth and beneficence as his beacon light, he may accomplish wonders. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other. Man thus becomes the victim of the tides when he should be their Master.
Everything changes, nothing remains without change.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped.
Weep not that the world changes -- did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed to weep.
You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.
Change is difficult but often essential to survival.
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.
Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
If we want a free and peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being-we can do it.
It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles.
What one has to do usually can be done.
I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I like the role.
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. - Roosevelt, Eleanor
Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to homeso close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
Understanding is a two-way street.
Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.
There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar-net of our senses.
A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.
Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.
Only your mind can produce fear.
Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.
You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.
All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses. Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another's failings; but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves. If at the end one can say, This man used to the limit the powers that God granted him; he was worthy of love and respect and of the sacrifices of many people, made in order that he might achieve what he deemed to be his task, then that life has been lived well and there are no regrets.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ?I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.? You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.
Perhaps in His wisdom the Almighty is trying to show us that a leader may chart the way, may point out the road to lasting peace, but that many leaders and many peoples must do the building.
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
A trait no other nation seems to possess in quite the same degree that we do -- namely, a feeling of almost childish injury and resentment unless the world as a whole recognizes how innocent we are of anything but the most generous and harmless intentions.
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.
Perception is a mirror not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward.

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