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Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.

Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.
The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about.
There's no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.
Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.
There's nothing wrong with anger provided you use it constructively.
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you.
Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.
As you think so shall you be! Since you cannot physically experience another person, you can only experience them in your mind. Conclusion: All of the other people in your life are simply thoughts in your mind. Not physical beings to you, but thoughts. Your relationships are all in how you think about the other people of your life. Your experience of all those people is only in your mind. Your feelings about your lovers come from your thoughts. For example, they may in fact behave in ways that you find offensive. However, your relationship to them when they behave offensively is not determined by their behavior, it is determined only by how you choose to relate to that behavior. Their actions are theirs, you cannot own them, you cannot be them, you can only process them in your mind.
When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.
Successful people make money. It's not that people who make money become successful, but that successful people attract money. They bring success to what they do.
Self-actualized people are independent of the good opinion of others.
You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever.
Life is never boring, but some people choose to be bored.
The concept of boredom entails an inability to use up present moments in a personally fulfilling way.
If all people are unique, and if they are constantly changing each and every day, then all one can say about any social research finding is that it applied to that group of people on that given day, and given the propensity of humans to be different and to change, then it is unlikely that one would get the same results if one were to repeat the study.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
Give up your personal history.
The effect of having other interests beyond those domestic works well. The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one's appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.
Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.
Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
A problem is your chance to do your best.
You'll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth.
No sooner said than done -- so acts your man of worth.
A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes that he has got the biggest piece.
Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.
A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life -- mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.
The sad truth is that opportunity doesn't knock twice. You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come. Where will you be a few years down the line. Will it be everything you dreamed of. We seal our fate with the choices we take, but don't give a second thought to the chances we take.
If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.
Ninety percent of my game is mental. It's my concentration that has gotten me this far.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die tomorrow.
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.
Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.
It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.
Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid... for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning.
Man is not logical and his intellectual history is a record of mental reserves and compromises. He hangs on to what he can in his old beliefs even when he is compelled to surrender their logical basis.
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.
We only think when we are confronted with problems.
The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think -- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.
The path of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made. It requires troublesome work to undertake the alternation of old beliefs. Self-conceit often regards it as a sign of weakness to admit that a belief to which we have once committed ourselves is wrong. We get so identified with an idea that it is literally a pet notion and we rise to its defense and stop our eyes and ears to anything different.
A new kind of award has been added -- the deathbed award. It is not an award of any kind. Either the recipient has not acted at all, or was not nominated, or did not win the award the last few times around. It is intended to relieve the guilty conscience of the Academy members and save face in front of the public. The Academy has the horrible taste to have a star, choking with emotion, present this deathbed award so that there can be no doubt in anybody's mind why the award is so hurriedly given. Lucky is the actor who is too sick to watch the proceedings on television.
The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.
Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.
No man is hurt but by himself
Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.
The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.
If you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done.
In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.
Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.
Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love -- and to put its trust in life.
No, I don't like work. I had rather laze about and think of all the fine things that can be done. I don't like work--no man does--but I like what is in work--the chance to find yourself. Your own reality--for yourself, not for others--what no other man can ever know.
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.
It's not the situation. It's your reaction to the situation.
If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.
To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.
Friendship is a sheltering tree.
He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.
No one does anything from a single motive.
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, which will itself need reforming.
I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
The real secret to success is enthusiasm.
I wept not, so to stone within I grew.
In His will is our peace.
Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails.
Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can't.
Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.
Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom.
Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.
Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
The path of sorrow and that path alone, leads to a land where sorrow is unknown.
No one was ever scolded out of their sins.
Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness.
Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis -- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
Free will and determinism are like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism. The way you play your hand is free will.
Drugs are not always necessary, but belief in recovery always is.
We in America have everything we need except the most important thing of all-time to think and the habit of thought.
The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
The sense of paralysis proceeds not so much out of the mammoth size of the problem but out of the puniness of the purpose.
No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.
Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
Curiosity ... endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.
The best compliment to a child or a friend is the feeling you give him that he has been set free to make his own inquiries, to come to conclusions that are right for him, whether or not they coincide with your own.
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.
It is respectable to have no illusions, and safe, and profitable and dull.
Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
There are men here and there to whom the whole of life is like an after-dinner hour with a cigar; easy, pleasant, empty, perhaps enlivened by some fable of strife to be forgotten -- before the end is told -- even if there happens to be any end to it.
It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome.
Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work.
What all men are really after is some form, or perhaps only some formula, of peace.
A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.
It is when we try to grapple with another man's intimate need that we perceive how incomprehensible, wavering, and misty are the beings that share with us the sight of the stars and the warmth of the sun.
He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.
To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.
When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.
The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.

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