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There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence.
Things are beautiful if you love them.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Beauty is a harmonious relation between something in our nature and the quality of the object which delights us.
No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?
There are various orders of beauty, causing men to make fools of themselves in various styles... but there is one order of beauty which seems made to turn the heads not only of men, but of all intelligent mammals, even of women. It is a beauty like that of kittens, or very small downy ducks making gentle rippling noises with their soft bills, or babies just beginning to toddle and to engage in conscious mischief --a beauty with which you can never be angry, but that you feel ready to crush for inability to comprehend the state of mind into which it throws you.
Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
Beauty is whatever gives joy.
Beauty is as relative as light and dark. Thus, there exists no beautiful woman, none at all, because you are never certain that a still far more beautiful woman will not appear and completely shame the supposed beauty of the first.
Beauty is truth, truth beauty -- that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing...
Beauty is only skin deep, but it's a valuable asset if you're poor or haven't any sense.
Dreaming permits each and everyone of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow.
Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.
When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either.
You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
We are given one life, and the decision is our whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind or whether to act and, in acting, to live.
If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember this whole thing was started by a mouse.
No person has the right to rain on your dreams.
If you have a dream, give it a chance to happen.
There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands -- your own.
If you don't have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.
Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation when they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Accept your genius and say what you think.
All of us, you, your children, your neighbors and their children are everyday geniuses, even though the fact is unnoticed and unremembered by everyone. That's probably because school hasn't encouraged us to notice what's hidden inside us waiting for the right environment to express itself.
I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.
If we discovered we only had five minutes left to say all we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people telling other people that they loved them.
Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets.
Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquillity -- instead of anger and resentment
We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love.
Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
We were two and had but one heart between us.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved, by others. (Wizard to the Tin Man)
There is no remedy for love than to love more.
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible -- it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Love is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude. It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.
In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.
Teach only love for that is what you are.
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.
No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends
Diary of an Unborn ChildOCTOBER 5:Today my life began. My parents do not know it yet, but it is I already. And I am to be a girl. I shall have blond hair and blue eyes. Just about everything is settled though, even the fact that I shall love flowers.OCTOBER 19:Some say that I am not a real person yet, that only my mother exists. But I am a real person, just as a small crumb of bread is yet truly bread. My mother is. And I am.OCTOBER 23:My mouth is just beginning to open now. Just think, in a year or so I shall be laughing and later talking. I know what my first word will be: MAMA.OCTOBER 25:My heart began to beat today all by itself. From now on it shall gently beat for the rest of my life without ever stopping to rest! And after many years it will tire. It will stop, and then I shall die.NOVEMBER 2:I am growing a bit every day. My arms and legs are beginning to take shape. But I have to wait a long time yet before those little legs will raise me to my mother’s arms, before these little arms will be able to gather flowers and embrace my father.NOVEMBER 12:Tiny fingers are beginning to form on my hands. Funny how small they are! I’ll be able to stroke my mother’s hair with them.NOVEMBER 20:It wasn’t until today that the doctor told mom that I am living here under her heart. Oh, how happy she must be! Are you happy, mom?NOVEMBER 25:My mom and dad are probably thinking about a name for me. But they don’t even know that I am a little girl. I want to be called Kathy. I am getting so big already.DECEMBER 10:My hair is growing. It is smooth and bright and shiny. I wonder what kind of hair mom has?DECEMBER 13:I am just about able to see. It is dark around me. When mom brings me into the world it will be full of sunshine and flowers. But what I want more than anything is to see my mom. How do you look, mom?DECEMBER 24:I wonder if mom hears the whispering of my heart? Some children come into the world a little sick. But my heart is strong and healthy. It beats so evenly: tup-tup, tup-tup. You’ll have a healthy little daughter, mom!DECEMBER 28:Today my mother killed me.—Anonymous
In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes.
We must love one another or die.
The truth of the matter is that there's nothing you can't accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you're absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You're willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what's working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're still alive.
If you have it [Love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much.
What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.
Love is the beauty of the soul.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
We are not commanded (or forbidden) to love our mates, our children, our friends, our country because such affections come naturally to us and are good in themselves, although we may corrupt them. We are commanded to love our neighbor because our natural attitude toward the other is one of either indifference or hostility.
Anything that changes your values changes your behavior.
The best work never was and never will be done for money.
All glory comes from daring to begin.
if i never met you, i wouldn't like you. if i didn't like you, i wouldn't love you. if i didn't love you, i wouldn't miss you. But i did, i do, and i will.
where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which i find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. i miss you like hell.
darkness isn't the absence of light.. it's the absence of you.
i dropped a tear in the ocean. the day you find it is the day i will stop missing you.
Missing you could turn from pain to pleasure, if I knew you were missing me too.
when i go away from you, the world beats dead, like a slackened drum
i miss you a little, i guess you could say.. a little too much, a little too often, and a little more each day.
there comes a point in your life, when you realise who matters, who never did, who won't anymore, and who always will, so don't worry about people from your past, there's a reason they didn't make it to your future.
sometimes i wonder if there are words locked inside you too.. feelings. emotions. but i'll never know.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.
Don't worry about growing older or pleasing others. Please yourself.
Yearn to understand first and to be understood second.
To understand is to perceive patterns.
Understanding brings control.
The key to why things change is the key to everything.
We never understand how little we need in this world until we know the loss of it.
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I'd seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.
Thoughts are things; they have tremendous power. Thoughts of doubt and fear are pathways to failure. When you conquer negative attitudes of doubt and fear you conquer failure. Thoughts crystallize into habit and habit solidifies into circumstances.
Absence and death are the same -- only that in death there is no suffering.
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
How like a winter hath my absence been. From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen, What old December's bareness everywhere!
The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. The friend becomes a traitor by breaking, however unwillingly or sadly, out of our own zone: a hard judgment is passed on him, for all the pleas of the heart.
Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one's self to the absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea.
Our first and last love is... self-love.
Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults.
I'd rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
Do not wish to be anything except what you are.
If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself.
Remember tonight.. for it is the beginning of always.
More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
The truth is at the beginning of anything and its end are alike touching.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
If we really love ourselves, everything in our life works.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
There is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought no to be feared.
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.

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