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A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.

Live to live and you will learn to live.
Remember that your work comes only moment by moment, and as surely as God calls you to work, he gives the strength to do it.
Never try to look into both eyes at the same time. Switch your gaze from one eye to the other. That signals warmth and sincerity.
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.
Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.
Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Confine yourself to the present
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
Always observe how ephemeral and worthless human things are. Pass then through this little space of time conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe, blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew.
Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.
A total commitment is paramount to reaching the ultimate in performance.
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
You name it and I've done it. I'd like to say I did it my way. But that line, I'm afraid, belongs to someone else.
Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.
The obscure only exists that it may cease to exist. In it lies the opportunity of all victory and all progress. Whether it call itself fatality, death, night, or matter, it is the pedestal of life, of light, of liberty and the spirit. For it represents resistance -- that is to say, the fulcrum of all activity, the occasion for its development and its triumph.
Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.
The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes.
The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists -- in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record.
Our true history is scarcely ever deciphered by others. The chief part of the drama is a monologue, or rather an intimate debate between God, our conscience, and ourselves. Tears, grieves, depressions, disappointments, irritations, good and evil thoughts, decisions, uncertainties, deliberations --all these belong to our secret, and are almost all incommunicable and intransmissible, even when we try to speak of them, and even when we write them down.
Society lives by faith, and develops by science.
I shed a tear today. Silenty, I felt it fall. You caught it, shared it, held it, felt it, then suddenly it wasn't so big after all.
We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.
Mozart has the classic purity of light and the blue ocean; Beethoven the romantic grandeur which belongs to the storms of air and sea, and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks of Olympus, that of Beethoven climbs shuddering the storm-beaten sides of a Sinai. Blessed be they both! Each represents a moment of the ideal life, each does us good. Our love is due to both.
Melancholy is at the bottom of everything, just as at the end of all rivers is the sea. Can it be otherwise in a world where nothing lasts, where all that we have loved or shall love must die? Is death, then, the secret of life? The gloom of an eternal mourning enwraps, more or less closely, every serious and thoughtful soul, as night enwraps the universe.
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
Destiny has two ways of crushing us -- by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.
It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.
To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
Materialism coarsens and petrifies everything, making everything vulgar, and every truth false.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
We all write poems. It is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.
Thought is a kind of opium; it can intoxicate us, while still broad awake; it can make transparent the mountains and everything that exists.
The consciousness of wrong-doing makes us irritable, and our heart in its cunning quarrels with what is outside it, in order that it may deafen the clamor within.
The aim of education should be to convert the mind into living fountain, and not a reservoir.
Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
All things grow with time -- except grief.
The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love.
Not all of us have to possess earthshaking talent. Just common sense and love will do.
There is in every woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.
Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.
There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.
I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.
Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible -- it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Music is only love looking for words.
Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month I can be myself.
The affections are like lightning: you cannot tell where they will strike till they have fallen.
It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture.
In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.
A cause a day keeps reality away.
Be ever on your guard what you say of anybody and to whom.
If a man deceives me once, shame on him; if he deceives me twice, shame on me.
The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.
Love makes the wildest spirit tame, and the tamest spirit wild.
Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe.
I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
Danger breeds best on too much confidence.
It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song. But the man worth while is the one who can smile, when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is troubled, And it always comes with the years. And the smiles that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.
I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain.
It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life.
Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.
A person possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with.
I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead -- ahead of myself as well as you.
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
Good music is very close to primitive language.
I've been through it all, baby. I'm Mother Courage.
You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
If I were to say, God, why me? about the bad things, then I should have said, God, why me? about the good things that happened in my life.
Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.
Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.
To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.
People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.
Journeys end in lovers meeting.
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
What doth it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?
There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don't know what's happening.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Sometimes it helps to know that I just can't do it all. One step at a time is all that's possible -- even when those steps are taken on the run.
Practice, practice, practice until you eventually get numb on rejections.
Folks don't like to have somebody around knowing more than they do. It aggravates em. You're not gonna change any of them by talking right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language.
We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.
Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
True holiness consists in doing God's will with a smile.
Everything starts from prayer. Without asking God for love, we cannot possess love and still less are we able to give it to others. Just as people today are speaking so much about the poor but they do not know the poor, we too cannot talk so much about prayer and yet not know how to pray." Mother Teresa
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.
The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in --that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.
There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
So many signatures for such a small heart.
Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature -- trees, flowers, grass -- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God --the rest will be given.
To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other -- it doesn't matter who it is -- and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.
In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it.
Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure.
It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.

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