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We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.

The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. He is the man who has lost everything except his reason.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
Men often give love for sex, women often give sex for love.
Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love.
An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured by fullness, not by reception.
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved, by others. (Wizard to the Tin Man)
If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.
Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed. Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished.
Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.
While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.
The soul that is attached to anything however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of divine union. For whether it be a strong wire rope or a slender and delicate thread that holds the bird, it matters not, if it really holds it fast; for, until the cord be broken the bird cannot fly.
The woman's vision is deep reaching, the man's far reaching. With the man the world is his heart, with the woman the heart is her world.
What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart?
God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.
No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy -- unless you let him.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
The freedom to fail is vital if you're going to succeed, most successful men fail time and time again, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success.
Think success, don't think failure. At work, in your home, substitute success thinking for failure thinking. When you face a difficult situation, think, I'll win, not I'll probably lose. When you compete with someone else, think, I'm equal to the best, not I'm out-classed. When opportunity appears, think I can do it, never I can't. Let the master thought I-will-succeed dominate your thinking process. Thinking success conditions your mind to create plans that produce success. Thinking failure does the exact opposite. Failure thinking conditions the mind to think other thoughts that produce failure.
Success comes from taking the initiative and following up... persisting... eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?
Success, in my view, is the willingness to strive for something you really want. The person not reaching the top is no less a success than the one who achieved it, if they both sweated blood, sweat and tears and overcame obstacles and fears. The failure to be perfect does not mean you're not a success.
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 have found it is much easier to make a success in life than to make a success of one's life.
Everyone has a success mechanism and a failure mechanism. The failure mechanism goes off by itself. The success mechanism only goes off with a goal. Every time we write down and talk about a goal we push the button to start the success mechanism.
Success... seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
The secret of success is to do all you can do without thought of success.
You don't pay the price for success. You enjoy the price for success.
Make service your first priority, not success and success will follow.
Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting -- in the trying, not the triumph, Success is a personal standard -- reaching for the highest that is in us -- becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success. Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.
Would you like me to give you a formula for... success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You're thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all... you can be discouraged by failure -- or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that's where you'll find success. On the far side.
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.
I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
Work is our business; it's success is God s.
Success is dependent upon the glands -- sweat glands.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
Success is like a fart -- only your own smells nice.
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.
Success comes in cans, failure in can'ts.
Success is 99 percent failure.
Failure is the tuition you pay for success.
Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.
Poverty keeps together more homes than it breaks up.
The more a man takes the needs of others on his own heart, the more he must take his own heart to God.
He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.
Thoughts have power; thoughts are energy. And you can make your world or break it by your own thinking.
The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.
If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
Give a man a dollar and you cheer his heart. Give him a dream and you challenge his heart. Give him Christ and you change his heart. Then the dollar and the dream become meaningful to him, and to others.
In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.
Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart.
The heart will break, but broken live on.
The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.
Remember that your failures are the seeds of your most glorious successes. Be sad if you must, but don't despair.
Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.
We often marry in despair, so that we repent of it all our life after.
He who has never hoped can never despair.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
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.
Fear is a habit; so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can!! and I will!!
Despair is the only genuine atheism.
Youth is not a time of lifeit is a state of mind. It is not a matter of red cheeks, red lips and supple knees. It is a temper of the will; a quality of the imagination; a vigor of the emotions; it is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a tempermental predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over a life of ease. This often exists in a man of fifty, more than in a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despairthese are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust. Whether seventy or sixteen, there is in every beings heart a love of wonder; the sweet amazement at the stars and starlike things and thoughts; the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what comes next, and the joy in the game of life. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair. In the central place of your heart there is a wireless station. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, grandeur, courage, and power from the earth, from men and from the Infiniteso long are you young. When the wires are all down and the central places of your heart are covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then are you grown old, indeed!
Then we are assured by Sartre that owing to the final disappearance of God our liberty is absolute! At this the entire audience waves its hat or claps its hands. But this natural enthusiasm is turned abruptly into something much less buoyant when it is learnt that this liberty weighs us down immediately with tremendous responsibilities. We now have to take all God's worries on our shoulders --now that we are become men like gods. It is at this point that the Anxiety and Despondency begin, ending in utter despair.
I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.
Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation.
I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision
When a man gets to despair he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently he is in the right attitude to receive from God that which he cannot gain for himself.
Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. You are as old as your doubt, your fear, your despair. The way to keep young is to keep your faith young. Keep your self-confidence young. Keep your hope young.
Do you wish to find out the really sublime? Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
If he who breaks the law is not punished, he who obeys it is cheated. This, and this alone, is why lawbreakers ought to be punished: to authenticate as good, and to encourage as useful, law-abiding behavior. The aim of criminal law cannot be correction or deterrence; it can only be the maintenance of the legal order.
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
Be careful how you live; you will be the only Bible some people ever read.
There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.
I believe in Christianity as I believe in the rising sun; not because I see it, but by it I can see all else.
God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain.
When a wife has a good husband it is easily seen in her face.
Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there.
All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest --never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.
There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.
Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.
The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
After seven years of marriage, I'm sure of two things -- first, never wallpaper together, and second, you'll need two bathrooms.. both for her. The rest is a mystery, but a mystery I love to be involved in.
A man in love is incomplete until he has married -- then he's finished.
Where there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.
One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure.
The lion and the calf will lay down together, but the calf won't get much sleep..
Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day.
The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It's a choice you make -- not just on your wedding day, but over and over again -- and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.
Before marriage a man yearns for a woman. Afterward the y is silent.
That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle the Vatican has overlooked.
I'm certain that most couples expect to find intimacy in marriage, but it somehow eludes them.
In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.
Successful marriage is always a triangle: a man, a woman, and God.
Use non-verbal communication to SOFTEN the hard-line position of others: S = Smile O = Open Posture F = Forward Lean T = Touch E = Eye Contact N = Nod.
Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.
We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice -- that is, until we have stopped saying It got lost, and say, I lost it.
The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day.
The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that. We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.
The manager administers; the leader innovates. The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
I'm not into the money thing. You can only sleep in one bed at a time. You can only eat one meal at a time, or be in one car at a time. So I don't have to have millions of dollars to be happy. All I need are clothes on my back, a decent meal, and a little loving when I feel like it. That's the bottom line.
I would advise no one to send his child where the Holy Scriptures are not supreme. Every institution that does not unceasingly pursue the study of Gods word becomes corrupt. Because of this we can see what kind of people they become in the universities and what they are like now. Nobody is to blame for this except the pope, the bishops, and the prelates, who are all charged with training young people. The universities only ought to turn out men who are experts in the Holy Scriptures, men who can become bishops and priests, and stand in the front line against heretics, the devil, and all the world. But where do you find that? I greatly fear that the universities, unless they teach the Holy Scriptures diligently and impress them on the young students, are wide gates to hell.
We have always found that people are most productive in small teams with tight budgets, time lines and the freedom to solve their own problems.
Give me six lines written by the most honorable person alive, and I shall find enough in them to condemn them to the gallows.
To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up.
In the perfect wedlock, the man, I should say, is the head, but the woman the heart, with which he cannot dispense.
I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.
All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.
If a man truly wants to communicate with his wife, he must enter her world of emotions.
By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
It is following the line of least resistance that makes men and rivers crooked.
Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.
The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.
To appreciate heaven well, it's good for a person to have some fifteen minutes of hell.
Time And health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.-
Never confuse motion with action.
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
Socialists make the mistake of confusing individual worth with success. They believe you cannot allow people to succeed in case those who fail feel worthless.
Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
The love of evil is the root of all money.
Love blinds us to faults, but hatred blinds us to virtues.
The first duty of love is to listen.
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
People need loving the most when they deserve it the least.
Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.

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