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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

The first principle of success is desire -- knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.
Don't be afraid of showing affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate. Men are more helped by sympathy than by service. Love is more than money, and a kind word will give more pleasure than a present.
Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
The most useless are those who never change through the years.
A liar is full of oaths.
Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.
There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.
By a lie, a man...annihilates his dignity as a man.
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.
I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie.
Lying is a terrible vice, it testifies that one despises God, but fears men.
No man lies so boldly as the man who is indignant.
Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.
Great talker, great liar.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don't.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
In violence we forget who we are.
Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.
She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.
The uncommitted life isn't worth living.
The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.
Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.
To give up pretensions is as blessed a relief as to get them ratified.
Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.
All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things.
It is up to us to give ourselves recognition. If we wait for it to come from others, we feel resentful when it doesn't, and when it does, we may well reject it.
That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.
All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first... when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.
Fear is the mother of morality.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
You gave him an opportunity of showing greatness of character and he did not seize it. He will never forgive you for that.
One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
There is an electricity about a friendship relationship. We are both more relaxed and more sensitive, more creative and more reflective, more energetic and more casual, more excited and more serene. It is as though when we come in contact with our friend we enter into a different environment. ANDREW M. GREELEY
Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one.
She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.
A riot is the language of the unheard.
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.
The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but the ignominy, the humiliation we feel that we must be what we are without any choice in the matter, and that this humiliation is seen by everyone.
Where the mind is past hope, the heart is past shame.
Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.
Risk! Risk Anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those other voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
Love is the total absence of fear. Love asks no questions. Its natural state is one of extension and expansion, not comparison and measurement.
There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.
He is not the same, nor is he another.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.
Irony is a disciplinarian feared only by those who do not know it, but cherished by those who do. He who does not understand irony and has no ear for its whispering lacks of what might called the absolute beginning of the personal life. He lacks what at moments is indispensable for the personal life, lacks both the regeneration and rejuvenation, the cleaning baptism of irony that redeems the soul from having its life in finitude though living boldly and energetically in finitude.
Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion -- and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority.
Once you label me you negate me.
The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.
Purity of heart is to will one thing.
The most terrible fight is not when there is one opinion against another, the most terrible is when two men say the same thing -- and fight about the interpretation, and this interpretation involves a difference of quality.
Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions, both good and bad, become transparent, no longer limited by outward appearances.
Yearn to understand first and to be understood second.
No person was every rightly understood until they had been first regarded with a certain feeling, not of tolerance, but of sympathy.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams.
The fact that you are willing to say, I do not understand, and it is fine, is the greatest understanding you could exhibit.
The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.
If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things which it cannot understand, and what those things are. Human understanding has vulgarly occupied itself with nothing but understanding, but if it would only take the trouble to understand itself at the same time it would simply have to posit the paradox.
When we talk about understanding, surely it takes place only when the mind listens completely -- the mind being your heart, your nerves, your ears- when you give your whole attention to it.
The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
To understand one woman is not necessarily to understand any other woman.
Talent for talent's sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
He had a lot of talent, but didn't have much dedication, wasn't organized, didn't know how to learn, didn't know how to comprehend what he was doing, didn't try to learn how to get better.
The greatest talents often lie buried out of sight.
I don't have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It's what you do with it that counts.
The principle that human nature, in its psychological aspects, is nothing more than a product of history and given social relations removes all barriers to coercion and manipulation by the powerful.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
We are all murderers and prostitutes --no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
If we divine a discrepancy between a man's words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted.
Clean your finger before you point at my spots.
Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
The only real valuable thing is intuition.
Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
Let your character be kept up the very end, just as it began, and so be consistent.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.
Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment.
There is only one thing that arouses animals more than pleasure, and that is pain. Under torture you are as if under the dominion of those grasses that produce visions. Everything you have heard told, everything you have read returns to your mind, as if you were being transported, not toward heaven, but toward hell. Under torture you say not only what the inquisitor wants, but also what you imagine might please him, because a bond (this, truly, diabolical) is established between you and him.
The healthy man does not torture others -- generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
The good man is the friend of all living things.
We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
Sensual pleasures are like soap bubbles, sparkling, effervescent. The pleasures of intellect are calm, beautiful, sublime, ever enduring and climbing upward to the borders of the unseen world.
Sex is like money; only too much is enough.
Sex is a conversation carried out by other means. If you get on well out of bed, half the problems of bed are solved.
Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.
No man can understand why a woman shouldn't prefer a good reputation to a good time.
Gracious to all, to none subservient, Without offense he spoke the word he meant.
If all hearts were open and all desires known -- as they would be if people showed their souls -- how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
What an antithetical mind! -- tenderness, roughness -- delicacy, coarseness -- sentiment, sensuality -- soaring and groveling, dirt and deity -- all mixed up in that one compound of inspired clay!
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
Never let the other fellow set the agenda.
The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.
You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
It's all happening too fast. I've got to put the brakes on or I'll smack into something.
Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.
In our wildest aberrations we dream of an equilibrium we have left behind and which we naively expect to find at the end of our errors. Childish presumption which justifies the fact that child-nations, inheriting our follies, are now directing our history.
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
History is a better guide than good intentions.
Much history of the world has been lost. How magnificent and confusing what's left is.
Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.
Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
He that knows nothing doubts nothing.
Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.
Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death.
Things are beautiful if you love them.
Beauty is variable, ugliness is constant.
Where beauty is worshipped for beauty's sake as a goddess, independent of and superior to morality and philosophy, the most horrible putrefaction is apt to set in. The lives of the aesthetes are the far from edifying commentary on the religion of beauty.
My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms -- will it return to my body when they scatter?
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life.
Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.

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