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Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
There is hope for all of us. Well, anyway, if you don't die you live through it, day in, day out.
You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.
That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.
forgiveness is me giving up the right to hurt you for hurting me.
Hurt's a reason to change, but all the hurt in the world don't change facts.
It's not what your are, it's what you don't become that hurts.
Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth.
This is a tough game. There are times when you've got to play hurt, when you've got to block out the pain.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets.
Forgiveness keeps you whole; it allows you to love even when you are hurt.
If you are never scared, embarrassed, or hurt, it means you never take chances.
The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.
With virtue you can't be entirely poor; without virtue you can't really be rich.
The greatest conqueror is he who overcomes the enemy without a blow.
An inch of time cannot be bought with an inch of gold.
Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.
Respect for ones parents is the highest duty of civil life.
If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.
Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
One step at a time is good walking.
To understand your parents' love you must raise children yourself.
To talk goodness is not good... only to do it is.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life lies in eliminating the non-essentials." ~
Poverty is a wonderful thing. It sticks to a man after all his friends have forsaken him.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
A wise man never knows all, only fools know everything
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
A rich man has no need of character.
An advantage of poverty, your relatives gain nothing by your death.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
When you cease to strive to understand, then you will know without understanding.
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
Confess you were wrong yesterday; it will show you are wise today.
He who does not have common sense at age thirty will never have it.
A rich child often sits in a poor mothers lap.
Children and drunks always speak the truth.
Try and trust will move mountains.
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.
By others faults the wise correct their own.
Truth fears nothing but concealment.
Lost time is never found again.
In teaching others we teach ourselves.
Some have been thought brave because they didn't have the courage to run away.
Love is like war, easy to begin, hard to end
If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap. If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing. If you want happiness for a month -- get married. If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else.
Your friend has a friend; don't tell him.
When men speak of the future, the Gods laugh.
A man should choose a friend who is better than himself. There are plenty of acquaintances in the world; but very few real friends.
If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.
The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.
Great doubts deep wisdom. Small doubts little wisdom.
If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
The charitable give out the door and God puts it back through the window.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
A good way I know to find happiness, is to not bore a hole to fit the plug.
When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.
A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us so live as to deserve happiness.
Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.
Enjoy your happiness while you have it, and while, you have it do not too closely scrutinize its foundation.
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
I look on that man as happy, who, when there is question of success, looks into his work for a reply.
There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
Happy were men if they but understood There is no safety but in doing good
What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.
The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. which give happiness. Thomas Jefferson We never enjoy perfect happiness; our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; some anxieties always perplex the reality of our satisfaction.
Those who seek happiness miss it, and those who discuss it, lack it.
Happiness is not a reward -- it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment -- it is a result.
I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.
You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
Happiness in the present is only shattered by comparison with the past.
When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things -- not the great occasions -- that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he who thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it as the old woman did her lost spectacles. Safe on her own nose all the time.
When one is happy there is no time to be fatigued; being happy engrosses the whole attention.
Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are. Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.
Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life -- knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
The world's literature and folklore are full of stories that point out how futile it can be to seek happiness. Rather, happiness is a blessing that comes to you as you go along; a treasure that you incidentally find.
It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.
Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others happy.
Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.
Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.
The creed of a true saint is to make the best of life, and to make the most of it.
They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world. Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date.
Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.
Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.
To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
We all want to be happy, and we're all going to die. You might say those are the only two unchallengeably true facts that apply to every human being on this planet.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.
Instill the love of you into all the world, for a good character is what is remembered.
While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work.
It is well to think well. It is divine to act well.
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
To succeed is nothing -- it's an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
A man's reputation is what other people think of him; his character is what he really is.
If we have need of a strong will in order to do good, it is still more necessary for us in order not to do evil.
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
Character is the foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

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