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It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.
To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
If I were to say, God, why me? about the bad things, then I should have said, God, why me? about the good things that happened in my life.
There are two kinds of people: Those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group because there is less competition there.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
I believe in Christianity as I believe in the rising sun; not because I see it, but by it I can see all else.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, Thy will be done, and those to whom God says, All right, then, have it your way.
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
The only people who never fail are those who never try.
Some things have to be believed to be seen.
Science has sometimes been said to be opposed to faith, and inconsistent with it. But all science, in fact, rests on a basis of faith, for it assumes the permanence and uniformity of natural laws -- a thing which can never be demonstrated.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. [Hebrews 11:1]
Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.
May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that faith is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?
No man ever became great or good except through many and great mistakes.
It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.
We learn from failure much more than from success; we often discover what we will do by finding our what we will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
I hope that my achievements in life shall be these -- that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need that I will have left the earth a better place for what I've done and who I've been.
Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self -- a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change -- the willful act of making the change, doing something.
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
Everything is possible for him who believes.
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
The common conception is that motivation leads to action, but the reverse is true -- action precedes motivation. You have to prime the pump and get the juice flowing, which motivates you to work on your goals. Getting momentum going is the most difficult part of the job, and often taking the first step is enough to prompt you to make the best of your day.
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed.
In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.

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