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If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!
My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
Since nothing we intend is ever faultless, and nothing we attempt ever without error, and nothing we achieve without some measure of finitude and fallibility we call humanness, we are saved by forgiveness.
Once women begin to question the inevitability of their subordination and to reject the conventions formerly associated with it, they can no longer retreat to the safety of those conventions. The woman who rejects the stereotype of feminine weakness and dependence can no longer find much comfort in the clich? that all men are beasts. She has no choice except to believe, on the contrary, that men are human beings, and she finds it hard to forgive them when they act like animals.
We find nothing easier than being wise, patient, superior. We drip with the oil of forbearance and sympathy, we are absurdly just, we forgive everything. For that very reason we ought to discipline ourselves a little; for that very reason we ought to cultivate a little emotion, a little emotional vice, from time to time. It may be hard for us; and among ourselves we may perhaps laugh at the appearance we thus present. But what of that! We no longer have any other mode of self-overcoming available to us: this is our asceticism, our penance.
The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.
Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering.
A hundred years cannot repair a moment's loss of honor.
The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.
For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.
Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out.
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.
Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.
It is he who has broken the bond of marriage -- not I. I only break its bondage.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
For a working definition of forgiveness, I think of it as restoring love.
We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
One does not fall in love; one grows into love, and love grows in him.
Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.
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.
Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature .
Conformity, humility, acceptance... with these coins we are to pay our fares to paradise.
Love is swift, sincere, pious, joyful, generous, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, courageous, and never seeking its own; for wheresoever a person seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.
The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It's a choice you make -- not just on your wedding day, but over and over again -- and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.
You can never be happily married to another until you get a divorce from yourself. A successful marriage demands a certain death to self.
I think like any marriage, especially when you've had divorced parents like myself, you'd want to try even harder to make it work.
Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again -- this is the brave and happy life.
A marriage is a series of friendships. Love serves as its underlying theme. Friendships provide it with the new challenges around which the relationship further develops. Each type of friendship with ones partner comes into being, rises to a peak of enthusiasm, and then wanes away in our cedar chest of sentimental values. Every once in a while we go to the chest and draw out a friendship item to give us a shot in the arm. Then we put it away till another day.
Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
If only the strength of the love that people feel when it is reciprocated could be as intense and obsessive as the love we feel when it is not; then marriages would be truly made in heaven.
The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
The first duty of love is to listen.
When you make a commitment to a relationship, you invest your attention and energy in it more profoundly because you now experience ownership of that relationship.
Forgiveness is the oil of relationships.
An atheist is a person who has no invisible means of support
Marriage is a lottery, but you can't tear up your ticket if you lose.
Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.
One of society's biggest problems today is that we've allowed relationships to be accepted as impermanent, particularly marriage.
It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Feeling fat lasts nine months but the joy of becoming a mom lasts forever.
Better to burn out than rust out.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.
Green leaves on a dead tree is our epitaph -- green leaves, dear reader, on a dead tree.
Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.
Love the whole world as a mother lovers her only child.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
We ought to think that we are one of the leaves of a tree, and the tree is all humanity. We cannot live without the others, without the tree.
Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.
The planting of trees in the least self-centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children.
If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; If you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.
Words are the leaves of the tree of language, of which, if some fall away, a new succession takes their place.
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.

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