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If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.

Your pay raise becomes effective when you do.
America's greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.
I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.
At sometime in our lives a devil dwells within us, causes heartbreaks, confusion and troubles, then dies.
Frank and explicit--that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms. Confusion here is fatal.
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way: The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
It is hard to have patience with people who say There is no death or Death doesn't matter. There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.
Death is not a period, but a comma in the story of life.
No Christian has ever been known to recant on his death bed.
Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.
Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity.
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night.
The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.
Feed your faith and doubt will starve to death
Death -- the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.
Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.
How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
Life without a friend is death without a witness.
There is no death. the stars go down to rise upon some other shore. And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown, they shine for ever more.
Death is but a passage. It is not a house, it is only a vestibule. The grave has a door on its inner side.
We need not fear life, because God is the Ruler of all and we need not fear death, because He shares immortality with us.
We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death.
Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.
Death is like an arrow that is already in flight, and your life lasts only until it reaches you.
Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.
Faith makes a Christian. Life proves a Christian. Trial confirms a Christian. Death crowns a Christian.
Death is the veil which those who live call life; They sleep, and it is lifted.
The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater ;burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.
To be completely woman you need a master, and in him a compass for your life. You need a man you can look up to and respect. If you dethrone him it's no wonder that you are discontented, and discontented women are not loved for long.
Depression is the inability to construct a future.
The Christian's chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement.
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed.
Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.
Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
When a woman is speaking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.
America's founding fathers did not intend to take religion out of education. Many of the nation's greatest universities were founded by evangelists and religious leaders; but many of these have lost the founders concept and become secular institutions. Because of this attitude, secular education is stumbling and floundering.
I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes -- and the stars through his soul.
Marriage is the best state for man in general, and every man is a worst man in proportion to the level he is unfit for marriage.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.
I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.
All marriages are happy it's living together afterwards that causes all the problems.
There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.
In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body.
Say what you will, making marriage work is a woman's business. The institution was invented to do her homage; it was contrived for her protection. Unless she accepts it as such --as a beautiful, bountiful, but quite unequal association --the going will be hard indeed.
I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success.
The difference between goals and mission is reflected in the difference between I want to get married and I want to have a successful marriage.
Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.
The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.
Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.
O lyric Love, half angel and half bird. And all a wonder and a wild desire.
Man was created a little lower than the angels and has bin getting a little lower ever since.
Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth, to some good angel leave the rest; For Time will teach thee soon the truth, there are no birds in last year's nest!
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
O, but man, proud man! Drest in a little brief authority; Most ingorant of what he's most assur'd, His glassy essence,-like an angry ape, Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven, As make the angels weep;
People who are born even-tempered, placid and untroubled -- secure from violent passions or temptations to evil -- those who have never needed to struggle all night with the Angel to emerge lame but victorious at dawn, never become great saints.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Divorce is a game played by lawyers.
Divorce is the sacrament of adultery.
Nowadays love is a matter of chance, matrimony a matter of money and divorce a matter of course.
You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever.
I think like any marriage, especially when you've had divorced parents like myself, you'd want to try even harder to make it work.
Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck. If you live through it, you start looking very carefully to the right and to the left.
If things are natural, they're easy. If they're unnatural they're difficult. I have never met a man who found it difficult to marry, but I have never found a man who found it easy to divorce either.
Many divorces are not really the result of irreparable injury but involve, instead, a desire on the part of the man or woman to shatter the setup, start out from scratch alone, and make life work for them all over again. They want the risk of disaster, want to touch bottom, see where bottom is, and, coming up, to breathe the air with relief and relish again.
Every divorce is the result of selfishness on the part of one or the other or both parties to a marriage contract. Someone is thinking of self comforts, conveniences, freedoms, luxuries, or ease. Sometimes the ceaseless pin pricking of an unhappy, discontented, and selfish spouse can finally add up to serious physical violence. Sometimes people are goaded to the point where they erringly feel justified in doing the things that are so wrong. Nothing of course justifies sin.
You can never be happily married to another until you get a divorce from yourself. A successful marriage demands a certain death to self.
Fidelity. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
The hood-winked husband shows his anger, and the word jealous is flung in his face. Jealous husband equals betrayed husband. And there are women who look upon jealousy as synonymous with impotence, so that the betrayed husband can only shut his eyes, powerless in the face of such accusations.
A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying.
When lovely woman stoops to folly, and finds too late that men betray, what charm can soothe her melancholy, what art can wash her guilt away?
Every time a woman makes herself laugh at her husband's often-told jokes she betrays him. The man who looks at his woman and says "What would I do without you?" is already destroyed.
Man is the one who desires, woman the one who is desired. This is woman's entire but decisive advantage. Through man's passions, nature has given man into woman's hands, and the woman who does not know how to make him her subject, her slave, her toy, and how to betray him with a smile in the end is not wise.
Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.
I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain.
When we are young we take pains to be agreeable, and when we are old we take pains not to be disagreeable.
We are all manufacturers. Making good, making trouble, or making excuses.
Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say: meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it, and had better be on speaking terms with it.
Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.
Opportunity's favorite disguise is trouble.
The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.
The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
Consider the whale: It never gets into trouble until it comes up and starts spouting.
The trouble with parents is that by the time they are experienced, they are unemployed.
The trouble with self-made men is that they tend to worship their creator.
To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.
The trouble with our age is that it is all signpost and no destination.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
It is not difficult to get away into retirement; and there live upon your own convictions; nor is it difficult to mix with men and follow their convictions; but to enter into the world; and there live firmly and fearlessly according to your own conscience; that is Christian greatness.
So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.
The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it.
Tis not the dying for a faith that's so hard... 'Tis the living up to it that's difficult.
Why were the saints, saints? Because they were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful, patient when it was difficult to be patient; and because they pushed on when they wanted to stand still, and kept silent when they wanted to talk, and were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable. That was all. It was quite simple and always will be.
Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.
We wish to be happier than other people; and this is difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
It is the duty of government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right.
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.
Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.
A leader knows what's best to do; a manager knows merely how best to do it.
A leader is a person you will follow to a place you wouldn't go by yourself.
Leadership is the wise use of power. Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it.
Be good and you will be lonely.
May God be gracious to each lonely one who walks in silence towards the setting sun.
Keep not your roses for my dead, cold brow the way is lonely, let me feel them now.
Managers are people who do things right; leaders are people who do the right thing.
I am not young enough to know everything.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
As we grow older together, As we continue to change with age, There is one thing that will never change. . . I will always keep falling in love with you.
Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
All men dream, but unequally. Those that dream at night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake the next day to find that their dreams were just vanity. But those who dream during the day with their eyes wide open are dangerous men; they act out their dreams to make them reality.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
There are nine orders of angels, to wit, angels, archangels, virtues, powers, principalities, dominations, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim.
Our brains our seventy year clocks, the angel of life winds them up once and for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hands of the angel of resurrection.
Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.
If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, then ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart.
Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference. I do believe, with all my heart and mind and spirit, that I, not as President but as a humble servant of God, will receive justice without mercy if I fail to show mercy.
The virtue of angels is that they cannot deteriorate; their flaw is that they cannot improve. Humanity's flaw is that we can deteriorate; but our virtue is that we can improve.
The folly of all follies is to be love sick for a shadow.
A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.
My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.
To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. The pains of power are real; its pleasures imaginary.
Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.
A man's conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn't do -- but it does not keep him from doing it.
I feel bad that I don't feel worse.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain.
A conscience without God is like a court without a judge.

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