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To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.

Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.
There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.
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.
Men and women are limited not by the place of their birth, not by the color of their skin, but by the size of their hope.
Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent.
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
Man is a victim of dope in the incurable form of hope.
He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.
Hope is the dream of a soul awake.
Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Don't fear change -- embrace it.
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.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
Everybody forgets the basic thing; people are not going to love you unless you love them.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
We know that we have passed from death into life, because we love... [1 John 3:14]
The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're still alive.
If you have it [Love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.
Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Do you want to know a good way to fall in love? Just associate with all your pleasant experiences with someone, and disassociate from all the unpleasant ones.
Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.
A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
Friendship is love with understanding.
Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.
Precious gifts of friendship... knowing the heart of another, sharing one's heart with another.
Friendship is a priceless treasure never to be bought or sold -- it can only be cherished.
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
It is not what you give your friend, but what you are willing to give him that determines the quality of friendship.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.
The gift of friendship... a willingness to listen... a pair of helping hands... a whisper from the heart. That someone cares and understands.
The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
A marriage is a series of friendships. Love serves as its underlying theme. Friendships provide it with the new challenges around which the relationship further develops. Each type of friendship with ones partner comes into being, rises to a peak of enthusiasm, and then wanes away in our cedar chest of sentimental values. Every once in a while we go to the chest and draw out a friendship item to give us a shot in the arm. Then we put it away till another day.

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