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Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.

Frank and explicit--that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
Despair is the conclusion of fools.
The best work never was and never will be done for money.
To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed -- That can make life a garden.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Friendship is to have the latchkey of another's mind.
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
That is what friendship means. Sharing the prejudice of experience.
Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another!
Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator and change has enemies.
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.
Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.
To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.
He suffered from paralysis by analysis.
We cannot become what we need to be, remaining what we are.
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still and quiet in a room alone.
It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine.
All evils are equal when they are extreme.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.
Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.
The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.
Why does a man take it for granted that a girl who flirts with him wants him to kiss her -- when, nine times out of ten, she only wants him to want to kiss her?
A good friend is my nearest relation.
When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
Your friends will know you better in the first minute they meet you than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
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.
A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found one hath found a treasure.
Can miles truly separate us from friends? If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there?
Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.
Who ceases to be a friend never was one.
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.
Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.
I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.
One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin-prick but wounds still. The marks of suffering are more comparable to the loss of a finger, or the sight of an eye. We may not miss them, either, for one minute in a year, but if we should there is nothing to be done about it.
No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination.
While you have a thing it can be taken from you... but when you give it, you have given it. No robber can take it from you. It is yours then for ever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give.
Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.
For when two beings who are not friends are near each other there is no meeting, and when friends are far apart there is no separation.
A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.
Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
We die as often as we lose a friend.
Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
Confidence is courage at ease.
Assurance is two-thirds of success.
Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
Courage charms us, because it indicates that a man loves an idea better than all things in the world, that he is thinking neither of his bed, nor his dinner, nor his money, but will venture all to put in act the invisible thought of his mind.
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
The will to do, the soul to dare.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if Ive been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if Im not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, thats the great puzzle!
What I tell you three times is 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.
If you hear a voice within you saying, You are not a painter, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.
Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare the truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.
Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, and opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
One person's constant is another person's variable.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
There are two kinds of fools: One says, This is old therefore it is good. The other one says, This is new therefore it is better.
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
I've continued to recognize the power individuals have to change virtually anything and everything in their lives in an instant. I've learned that the resources we need to turn our dreams into reality are within us, merely waiting for the day when we decide to wake up and claim our birthright.
Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.
It's so hard when I have to, And so easy when I want to.
Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.
It is not something I must do but something I want to do
The first thing I do in the morning is to make my bed and while I am making up my bed I am making up my mind as to what kind of a day I am going to have.
When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
I always made an awkward bow.
Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
Fear of success can also be tied into the idea that success means someone else's loss. Some people are unconsciously guilty because they believe their victories are coming at the expense of another.
Fear is excitement without breath.
Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is, with thoughts of what may be.
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources.
A distracted existence leads us to no goal.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
There is nothing more frightful than imagination without taste.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach
A collections of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.
Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.
Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.
Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
Everything comes if a man will only wait.
We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don't think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully.

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