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Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
Tears are nature's lotion for the eyes. The eyes see better for being washed by them.
False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
Dishonest people conceal their faults from themselves as well as others, honest people know and confess them.
A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.
Don't place too much confidence in the man who boasts of being as honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night.
You are only what you are when no one is looking.
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!
Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
Somehow the people who do as they please seem to get along just about as well as those who are always trying to please others.
Debt is the worst poverty.
A good garden may have some weeds.
If you have one true friend you have more than your share.
If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.
Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.
A wise man turns chance into good fortune.
Vows are made in storms and forgotten in calm weather.
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
When good people have a falling out, only one of them may be at fault at first; but if the strife continues long, usually both become guilty.
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
Any idiot can face a crisis, it's the day to day living that wears you out.
Clean your finger before you point at my spots.
The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him.
If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
Suffering is the ancient law of love; there is not quest without pain; there is no lover who is not also a martyr.
Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.
A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
I don't like that man. I'm going to have to get to know him better.
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
Oh, the difference between nearly right and exactly right.
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.
Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.
Desperation is like stealing from the Mafia: you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention.
Growing old is not growing up.
The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.
The tears of those repenting are the wine of angels.
The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
I want to be all used up when I die.
Dying is a troublesome business: there is pain to be suffered, and it wrings one's heart; but death is a splendid thing --a warfare accomplished, a beginning all over again, a triumph. You can always see that in their faces.
Drive slow and enjoy the scenery -- drive fast and join the scenery.
We may not always get what we want, but surely we will get what we deserve.
If it looks like shit, smells like shit, mail it to your enemy... he'll know what to do with it.
Remember only the good, the bad will never forget you.
No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys.
The more we are filled with thoughts of lust the less we find true romantic love.
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.
When all is lost, ask the I.R.S. -- they'll find something.
Smile, it's better than a poke in the eye.
While seeking revenge, dig two graves -- one for yourself.
Why ask why? If it's raining it just is.
If you love something let it go free. If it doesn't come back, you never had it. If it comes back, love it forever.
Good ideas are a dime a dozen, bad ones are free.
Be your own hero, it's cheaper than a movie ticket.
The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.
No matter how bad a child is, he is still good for a tax deduction.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
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.
Before borrowing money from a friend decide which you need most.
The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.
Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.
The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.
We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.
People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.
Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.
If you don't ask, you don't get.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
The truth is more important than the facts.
TV -- chewing gum for the eyes.
Early in life, I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasions to change.
A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.
Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone, you don't.
I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
This would be a much better world if more married couples were as deeply in love as they are in debt.
Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.
Here is the simple but powerful rule... always give people more than they expect to get.
If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.
I worry that no matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up.
I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved, by others. (Wizard to the Tin Man)
I know that if I ever go looking for my heart's desire, I'll never go any further than my own back yard. For if it isn't there, I never really lost it. (Dorothy)
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.
Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.
Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.
Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
There is not grief that does not speak.
It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.
Give what you have to somebody, it may be better than you think.
What you think of me is none of my business.
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye and you will be drawn toward it. Picture yourself vividly as winning and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success. Great living starts with a picture, held in your imagination, of what you would like to do or be.
He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half-shut afterwards.
One today is worth two tomorrows.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
Three can keep a secret if two are dead.
You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.
A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package.
It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.
Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.
One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few and they are more beautiful if they are a few.
If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.
No matter how good you get, there's always something further out there.
Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.
People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals -- that is, goals that do not inspire them.
Four things come not back. The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.
Marriage is like a besieged castle; those who are on the outside wish to get in; and those who are on the inside wish to get out.
Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
It's not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.
Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.
Everything happens for a reason and a purpose, and it serves you.
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own -- this is happiness.
The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
A lie can run around the world before the truth can get its boots on.
Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing golf, happiness can be learned.
Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little death.
To marry is to halve your rights and double your duties.
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.

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