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With breathtaking rapidity, we are destroying all that was lovely to look at and turning America into a prison house of the spirit. The affluent society, with relentless single-minded energy, is turning our cities, most of suburbia and most of our roadways into the most affluent slum on earth.

I know that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire, I'll never go any further than my own back yard. For if it isn't there, I never really lost it. (Dorothy)
Women over fifty already form one of the largest groups in the population structure of the western world. As long as they like themselves, they will not be an oppressed minority. In order to like themselves they must reject trivialization by others of who and what they are. A grown woman should not have to masquerade as a girl in order to remain in the land of the living.
Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
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.
Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one's own, it is always twenty times better.
There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.
Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.
How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.
Make yourself necessary to somebody.
Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
Choose rather to punish your appetites than be punished by them.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
The soul never thinks without a picture.
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
I knew what my job was; it was to go out and meet the people and love them.
Everyone has limits. You just have to learn what your own limits are and deal with them accordingly.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove.
Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
How many are the things I can do without!
Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow -- perhaps it all will.
Where the heart lies, let the brain lie also.
We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.
If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.
People usually are the happiest at home.
There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.
The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose.
What would you call the highest happiness? Wratislaw was asked. The sense of competence, was the answer, given without hesitation.
We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.
The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man. It is more powerful than external circumstances.
No man was ever great by imitation.
Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.
All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.
It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Sings. Hope in every sphere of life is a privilege that attaches to action. No action, no hope.
A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that's real power.
Fearfulness, contrary to all other vices, maketh a man think the better of another, the worse of himself.
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.
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
They that have lived a single day have lived an age.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me, Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words, Remembers me of all his gracious parts, Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form; Then, have I reason to be fond of grief? Fare you well! Had you such a loss as I, I could give better comfort than you do.
We have been endowed with the capacity and the power to create desirable pictures within and to find them automatically in the outer world of our environment.
This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.
Our aspirations are our possibilities.
Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.
Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.
I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.
To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.
Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding.
The enemy is more easily overcome if he be not suffered to enter the door of our hearts, but be resisted without the gate at his first knock.
Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.
Well done, is better than well said.
If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
People that are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives.
Who is wise? He that learns from every One. Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished.
Life is a festival only to the wise.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.
Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.
Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
We may seek God by our intellect, but we only can find him with our heart.
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
The best way to know God is to love many things.
Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.
It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.
The ability to manage well doesn't make much difference if you're not even in the right jungle.
Depression is the inability to construct a future.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight: Who ever lov'd, that lov'd not at first sight?
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Live to learn, learn to live, then teach others.
Self-trust is the essence of heroism.
No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.
With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
Pleasure is none, if not diversified.
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want.
There is only one time that is important -- NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time hat we have any power.
When science discovers the center of the universe a lot of people will be disappointed to find they are not it.
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.
I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
Practice being at home with yourself, as you step out to be with others.
Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.
The end result of wisdom is... good deeds.
A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants...
Self-denial is painful for a moment, but very agreeable in the end.
Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.
It is all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.
The man who is forever disturbed about the condition of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them.
Beautiful light is born of darkness, so the faith that springs from conflict is often the strongest and the best.
To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
The sage does not hoard. Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more; having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
There is no investment you can make which will pay you so well as the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer through your establishment.
Don't wait for someone to take you under their wing. Find a good wing and climb up underneath it.
Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.
Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. [Ephesians 6:10]
It matters if you just don't give up.
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.
It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
The self is only that which it is in the process of becoming.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.
If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.
Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others.
Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.
My mother has always been unhappy with what I do. She would rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer.
You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
Sleep hath its own world, and a wide realm of wild reality. And dreams in their development have breath, and tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.
Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.
Take a dollar from a thousand and it will be a thousand no more.
Before buying anything, it is well to ask if one could do without it.
God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice, either here or hereafter.
The death of what's dead is the birth of what's living.
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
In much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them.

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