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What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.

Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains
All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck -- who keeps right on going -- is the man who is there when the good luck comes -- and is ready to receive it.
You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought.
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
Cats are autocrats of naked self-interest. They are both amoral and immoral, consciously breaking rules. Their evil look at such times is no human projection: the cat may be the only animal who savors the perverse or reflects upon it.
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don't know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.
Cats exercise... a magic influence upon highly developed men of intellect. This is why these long-tailed Graces of the animal kingdom, these adorable, scintillating electric batteries have been the favorite animal of a Mohammed, Cardinal Richlieu, Crebillon, Rousseau, Wieland.
I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won't let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
Becoming a star may not be your destiny, but being the best that you can be is a goal that you can set for yourselves.
Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about.
If you want your dreams to come true, don't over sleep.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
The book is closed, the year is done, The pages full of tasks begun. A little joy, a little care, Along with dreams, are written there. This new day brings another year, Renewing hope, dispelling fear. And we may find before the end, A deep content, another friend.
He who comes for the inheritance is often made to pay for the funeral.
All of us are crazy in one way or another.
In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.
If we cannot do what we will, we must will what we can.
A penny is a lot of money, if you have not got a penny.
God gave burdens, also shoulders.
Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold.
Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
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.
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.
Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
You live with your thoughts -- so be careful what they are.
Not the senses I have but what I do with them is my kingdom.
Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.
I sometimes wonder if the hand is not more sensitive to the beauties of sculpture than the eye. I should think the wonderful rhythmical flow of lines and curves could be more subtly felt than seen. Be this as it may, I know that I can feel the heart-throbs of the ancient Greeks in their marble gods and goddesses.
The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
The highest result of education is tolerance.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
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.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.
The best way out is always through.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
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.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Have no fear of perfection-you'll never reach it.
Who is a wise man? He who learns of all men.
Who is wise? One who learns from all.
The end result of wisdom is... good deeds.
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.
I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right -- shame on you!
Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.
Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.
Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
You got to sing like you don't need the money; Love like you'll never get hurt; You got to dance like nobody's watchin'; It's gotta come from the heart if you want it to work.
A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished.
Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies.
Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship, never.
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.
Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.
If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you'll achieve the same results.
Learn to reject friendship, or rather the dream of friendship. To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art, or life (like aesthetic joys). I must refuse it in order to be worthy to receive it
Friendship is a very simple word, very commonly used. The word friend is almost used on a daily basis. Yet, the depth and meaning of friendship certainly go beyond the simple and the common. Throughout history friendship has been a favorite theme for many writers. The following passages highlight what others have said about friendship in the past.
There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.
Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straight forwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferior, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer.
A person will be called to account on Judgment Day for every permissible thing he might have enjoyed but did not.
Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has a friend; be discreet.
It's not the situation. It's your reaction to the situation.
An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.
Those who have been immersed in the tragedy of massive death during wartime, and who have faced it squarely, never allowing their senses and feelings to become numbed and indifferent, have emerged from their experiences with growth and humanness greater than that achieved through almost any other means.
It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it.
Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.
There is not much sense in suffering, since drugs can be given for pain, itching, and other discomforts. The belief has long died that suffering here on earth will be rewarded in heaven. Suffering has lost its meaning.
I have often been asked, Do not people bore you? I do not understand quite what that means. I suppose the calls of the stupid and curious, especially of newspaper reporters, are always inopportune. I also dislike people who try to talk down to my understanding. They are like people who when walking with you try to shorten their steps to suit yours; the hypocrisy in both cases is equally exasperating.
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Knowledge is power. Rather, knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge -- broad, deep knowledge -- is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heartthrobs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.
We may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.
Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
We have to ask ourselves whether medicine is to remain a humanitarian and respected profession or a new but depersonalized science in the service of prolonging life rather than diminishing human suffering.
Act as if you have already achieved your goal and it is yours.
You were placed on this earth to create, not to compete.
When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
Overcoming fear and worry can be accomplished by living a day at a time or even a moment at a time. Your worries will be cut down to nothing.
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
The Father is the Giver of Life; but the Mother is the Giver of Death, because her womb is the gate of ingress to matter, and through her life is ensouled to form, and no form can be either infinite or eternal. Death is implicit in birth.
Force never moves in a straight line, but always in a curve vast as the universe, and therefore eventually returns whence it issued forth, but upon a higher arc, for the universe has progressed since it started.
Misdirected life force is the activity in disease process. Disease has no energy save what it borrows from the life of the organism. It is by adjusting the life force that healing must be brought about, and it is the sun as transformer and distributor of primal spiritual energy that must be utilized in this process, for life and the sun are so intimately connected.
If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.
The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.
Everything changes, nothing remains without change.
There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.
I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man may have authority over others, but he can never have their hearts but by giving his own.
To each one of us friendship has a different meaning. For all of us it is a gift. Friendship needs to be cherished and nurtured. It needs to be cultivated on a daily basis. Then shall it germinate and yield its fruit.
We may give advice, but not the sense to use it.
Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation.
Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.
Be tolerant of the human race. Your whole family belongs to it -- and some of your spouse's family does too.
To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune... to lose both seems like carelessness.

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