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Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.

It is more important to be of service than successful.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator and change has enemies.
Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.
Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.
True happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.
There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
According to the ancient Chinese proverb, A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.
Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. you only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach
Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.
Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.
If you want a wise answer, ask a reasonable question.
To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
Whether a person shows themselves to be a genius in science or in writing a song, the only point is, whether the thought, the discovery, or the deed, is living and can live on.
The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.
Science has been seriously retarded by the study of what is not worth knowing and of what is not knowable.
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.
Self-love exaggerates our faults as well as our virtues.
To understand one thing well is better than understanding many things by halves.
It is delivery that makes the orators success.
I don't know a greater advantage, than to appreciate the worth of an enemy.
Before you can do something you must first be something.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
The deed is everything, the glory is naught.
Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and, once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavor to erase them.
Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Seldom in the business and transactions of ordinary life, do we find the sympathy we want.
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
Thought expands, but paralyzes; action animates, but narrows.
One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
Those that are firm in their will mold the world to themselves.
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for.
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
Every spoken word arouses our self-will.
There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
Men freely believe that which they desire.
What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.
As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
The character ethic, which I believe to be the foundation of success, teaches that there are basic principles of effective living, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.
Lose/Win people bury a lot of feelings. And unexpressed feelings come forth later in uglier ways. Psychosomatic illnesses often are the reincarnation of cumulative resentment, deep disappointment and disillusionment repressed by the Lose/Win mentality. Disproportionate rage or anger, overreaction to minor provocation, and cynicism are other embodiments of suppressed emotion. People who are constantly repressing, not transcending feelings toward a higher meaning find that it affects the quality of their relationships with others.
People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally being lived. They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates and society.
Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
As a principle-centered person you try to stand apart from the emotion of the situation and from other factors that would act on you, and evaluate the options. Looking at the balanced whole--the work needs, the family needs, the other needs that may be involved, and the possible implications of the various alternatives -- you'll try to come up with the best solution taking all factors into consideration. We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it -- immediately.
Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people's lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.
Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.
You can't live principles you can't understand.
The Inside-Out approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness means to start first with self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self -- with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves recedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.
The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. And if our words and our actions come from superficial human relations techniques (the Personality Ethic) rather than from our own inner core (the Character Ethic), others will sense that duplicity. We simply won't be able to create and sustain the foundation necessary for effective interdependence.
People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don't pay the price day in and day out, you'll never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind.
We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions.
Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.
Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless.
To fulfill a dream to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.
A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time...
I think the biggest disease this world suffers fromis people feeling unloved.
Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.
I want to walk into a room, be it a hospital for the dying or a hospital for the sick children, and feel that I am needed. I want to do, not just to be.
At the age of 19, you always think you are prepared for everything and you think you have the knowledge of what?s coming ahead.
I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams.
Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children.
I argue thee that love is life. And life hath immortality.
Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
We never know how high we are till we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our stature's touch the skies.
Success is counted sweetest by those who ne'er succeed.
Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.
Death is a Dialogue between, the Spirit and the Dust.
Dying is a wild night and a new road.
Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.
Let us go in; the fog is rising.
I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Somehow I can't believe that there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.
Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
There is no education like adversity.
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.
There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life.
Frank and explicit--that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
Amusement to an observing mind is study.
Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions.
A great person is one who affects the mind of their generation.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.
How very seldom do you encounter in the world a man of great abilities, acquirements, experience, who will unmask his mind, unbutton his brains, and pour forth in careless and picturesque phrase all the results of his studies and observation; his knowledge of men, books, and nature. On the contrary, if a man has by any chance an original idea, he hoards it as if it were old gold; and rather avoids the subject with which he is most conversant, from fear that you may appropriate his best thoughts.
Had it not been for you, I should have remained what I was when we first met, a prejudiced, narrow-minded being, with contracted sympathies and false knowledge, wasting my life on obsolete trifles, and utterly insensible to the privilege of living in this wondrous age of change and progress.
Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.
Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.
We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.
Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.

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