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Marriage is NOT about HAVING another person. Marriage is about GIVING ONESELF to another person.

Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it.
If ever we hear a case of lying, we must look for a severe parents. A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
Are the ones who do.
God is Love, we are taught as children to believe. But when we first begin to get some inkling of how He loves us, we are repelled; it seems so cold, indeed, not love at all as we understand the word.
All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.
I think there are innumerable gods. What we on earth call God is a little tribal God who has made an awful mess. Certainly forces operating through human consciousness control events.
It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.
Smitten as we are with the vision of social righteousness, a God indifferent to everything but adulation, and full of partiality for his individual favorites, lacks an essential element of largeness.
If someone were to prove to me -- right this minute -- that God, in all his luminousness, exists, it wouldn't change a single aspect of my behavior.
Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do!
Anarchy is the ultimate destination of any positively evolving society.
Mass is resistance to motion.
Race is a lazy mind's tool for identifying culture.
There is always room for those who can be relied upon to delivery the goods when they say they will.
Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
Love blinds us to faults, but hatred blinds us to virtues.
Do not fear mistakes -- there are none.
Jazz is the art of skipping obvious convention while still following it.
When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid -- in which case all comment is superfluous -- or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem.
Sex is like money; only too much is enough.
Never spend your money before you have earned it.
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
The owner of a residence is the one who lives in it. Landlords and rent are manufactured tools of oppression.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time till at length it becomes habitual.
I think taste is a social concept and not an artistic one. I'm willing to show good taste, if I can, in somebody else's living room, but our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into another's brain in silence and intimacy, he should be as honest and explicit as we are with ourselves.
The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.
You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization.
Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.
You must consider the bottom line, but make it integrity before profits.
Chase your passion, not your pension.
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy.
Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image.
Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed.
The profound nature of relativity is not merely an abstraction of physics, it also explains why the distance from 1 to 1 million is greater than from 3 million to 5 million.
Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.
Truth and honesty are quite different. What a person believes to be true always follows when honesty leads the way. But truth can be asserted when one is being dishonest as well.
When being dishonest, people can still tell the truth. Be mindful of the treacherous that do not lie.
Absence of communication between necessarily linked parties ensures eventual conflict.
The notion of implied meaning is the root of misunderstanding.
Life is the dynamic, creative edge of reality.
Competing with an other is exhilarating, challenging, and healthy. That is what Games are for. When competition is brought into the social arena it undermines the competitor's self-esteem and confidence. It is a very subtle process. One we must be sensitive to, especially when evaluating our own motivations and behavior.
The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
You should never have your best trousers on when you turn out to fight for freedom and truth.
The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.
Revolution is a tool of the past. A revolving door for corruption. The time has come for an Evolution for all humanity. Violence and hatred have no place in an Evolution.
Substantive abandonment of convention is evidence of mastery.
Anything and everything, physical or otherwise, is defined by its absence.
The appearance of a cat is not controlled by the color of it's skin but by the content of its hairacter.
Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
Two monologues do not make a dialogue.
The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
The art of communication is the language of leadership.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.
Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.
Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.
The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen.
Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.
Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.
Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple: you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
The Inside-Out approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness means to start first with self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self -- with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves recedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.
Constant togetherness is fine -- but only for Siamese twins.
The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.
I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
It is explained that all relationships require a little give and take. This is untrue. Any partnership demands that we give and give and give and at the last, as we flop into our graves exhausted, we are told that we didn't give enough.
Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you.
The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.
It is the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, bit it is the little differences that make them interesting.
It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them.
Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
If you're in a relationship and you want to make it work, you have to be a little selfless at times.
We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.
Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they're trying to find someone who's going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take.
There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.
Long-term commitment to an intimate relationship with one person of whatever sex is an essential need that people have in order to breed the qualities out of which nurturing thought can rise.
One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.
It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.
In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
It takes a lot of experience of life to see why some relationships last and others do not. But we do not have to wait for a crisis to get an idea of the future of a particular relationship. Our behavior in little every incidents tells us a great deal.
The thing that's between us is fascination, and the fascination resides in our being alike. Whether you're a man or a woman, the fascination resides in finding out that we're alike.
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
The usefulness of madmen is famous: they demonstrate society's logic flagrantly carried out down to its last scrimshaw scrap.
Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is --Let there be truth between us two forevermore.
The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
And what is an authentic madman? It is a man who preferred to become mad, in the socially accepted sense of the word, rather than forfeit a certain superior idea of human honor. So society has strangled in its asylums all those it wanted to get rid of or protect itself from, because they refused to become its accomplices in certain great nastinesses. For a madman is also a man whom society did not want to hear and whom it wanted to prevent from uttering certain intolerable truths.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom!
Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane.
Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist.
When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first.
Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives. Don't waste yourself in rejection, or bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
There is a tendency for things to right themselves.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Our spontaneous action is always the best. You cannot, with your best deliberation and heed, come so close to any question as your spontaneous glance shall bring you.
Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified.
Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.
The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried.
Shallow people believe in luck and in circumstances; Strong people believe in cause and effect.
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
The basis of good manners is self-reliance.
Nature... She pardons no mistakes. Her yea is yea, and her nay, nay.
Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished.
Oh man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are.
Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
The President has paid dear for his White House. It has commonly cost him all his peace, and the best of his manly attributes. To preserve for a short time so conspicuous an appearance before the world, he is content to eat dust before the real masters who stand erect behind the throne.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it... Beware of me, it says, but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.
Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.

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