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Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.

You must never regret what might have been. The past that did not happen is as hidden from us as the future we cannot see.
What can you say about a society that says God is dead and Elvis is alive?
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.
Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull.
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
Have no fear of perfection-you'll never reach it.
It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought --a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
Words so vascular and alive they would bleed if you cut them, words that walked and ran.
One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.
A man is never completely alone in this world. At the worst, he has the company of a boy, a youth, and by and by a grown man --the one he used to be.
Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.
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.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Change is inevitable-except from a vending machine.
It takes far less courage to kill yourself than it takes to make yourself wake up one more time. It is harder to stay where you are than to get out.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.
Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.
Self-worth comes from one thing -- thinking that you are worthy.
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.
Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as a whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses.
Life is always walking up to us and saying, 'Come on in, the living's fine,' and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.
In America nothing dies easier than tradition.
A heroic figure... not wholly to blame for the religion that's been foisted on him.
Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering.
The minute you start talking about what your going to do if you lose, you have lost.
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
The injuries we do and the injuries we suffer are seldom weighed on the same scales.
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible
We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
a happy childhood needs a parent's unhappy childhood to make it so.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
Every guest hates the others, and the host hates them all.
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?
The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
Despair is the conclusion of fools.
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 best time to make friends is before you need them.
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator and change has enemies.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another!
Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
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.
Your friends will know you better in the first minute they meet you than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.
Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily.
The higher we rise, the more isolated we become; all elevations are cold.
If Thomas Edison invented electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as, Candle making industry threatened.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness...
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Call or text a friend today and tell them you need them in your life.
People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the end, it is between you and HIM not you and them.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!
But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!
Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.
Keep cool; anger is not an argument.
I found you essay to be good and original. However, the part that was original was not good and the part that was good was not original.
The only way around is through.
Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.
How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of Beginnings, Story without End, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!
I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.
Glory is only temporary, The way you choose to live your life, lives on in eternity
If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?
I always say, as you know, that if my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. Its my job.
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
The penalty for success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.
Hurt's a reason to change, but all the hurt in the world don't change facts.
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.
The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
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.
Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to homeso close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
A man isn't poor if he can still laugh.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they might of been.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
If you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may say with confidence that he is a good man.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.
The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.
Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.
Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day...
Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.
When you're through changing, you're through.
It seemed that each time we would become proficient at a given task there would be a change made for no apparent reason. It sometimes appeared that changes were made simply because sufficient time had elapsed since the last change. And then our efforts would begin again from the beginning.
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
one ring to show our love, one ring to bind us, one ring to seal our love, and forever entwine us
Education is not preparation for life, life is education
Action is the antidote to despair.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
In the game of life it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It's in our hands.
You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can decide how you're going to live now.
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.
Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.
I'm not ugly, but my beauty is a total creation.
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
I am not young enough to know everything.
It's not what your are, it's what you don't become that hurts.
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Never say goodbye, say farewell.
The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who knew they were wrong.
Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.
The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.

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