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Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them.
Our patience will achieve more than our force.
They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.
Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
To love another person is to see the face of God. [Les Miserables]
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Whatever advice you give, be short.
If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.
Life is largely a matter of expectation.
Remember, when life's path is steep, to keep your mind even.
Be ever on your guard what you say of anybody and to whom.
People who ask for your criticism want only praise.
You can do anything in this world if you are prepares to take the consequences.
I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.
The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull.
Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.
The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
Pleasure and pain, though directly opposite are contrived to be constant companions.
If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Whom do I call educated? First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter day by day. Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men, bearing easily and good naturedly what is offensive in others and being as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as is humanly possible to be... those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome by their misfortunes... those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober -- minded men.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
Life is never boring, but some people choose to be bored.
All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.
Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.
Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules.
Softly and kindly remind yourself, I cannot own anything. It is a valuable thought to keep in mind as you struggle to improve your financial picture, worry about investments, and plan how to acquire more and more. It is a universal principle which you are part of. You must release everything when you truly awaken. Are you letting your life go by in frustration and worry over not having enough? If so, relax and remember that you only get what you have for a short period of time. When you awaken you will see the folly of being attached to anything.
Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.
Each person must decide for himself what he wants each day. As a leader, I will expose you to the options and the likely consequences of those options. I'll even share my opinion if asked, but I'll never confuse it with the opinion, which simply doesn't exist.
Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Education is the best provision for old age.
When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging
I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone, I never found the companionable as solitude.
I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth.
After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
Explore thyself. Herein are demanded the eye and the nerve.
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour.
We are constantly invited to be who we are.
The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? You may say the wisest thing you can, old man, -- you who have lived seventy years, not without honor of a kind, -- I hear an irresistible voice which invites me away from all that.
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak.
Many men go fishing their entire lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
Do what you love. Know you own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
Don't be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.
Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.
There is no remedy for love than to love more.
However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are the richest.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life... I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.
If I shall sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I'm sure that, for me, there would be nothing left worth living for.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.
It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?
To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.
I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life.
Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature --if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you --know that the morning and spring of your life are past. Thus may you feel your pulse.
Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
Goodness is the only investment which never fails.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm
I suppose you think that persons who are as old as your father and myself are always thinking about very grave things, but I know that we are meditating the same old themes that we did when we were ten years old, only we go more gravely about it.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
One may discover a new side to his most intimate friend when for the first time he hears him speak in public. He will be stranger to him as he is more familiar to the audience. The longest intimacy could not foretell how he would behave then
The eye is the jewel of the body.
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.
Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers.
A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
We've got to have a dream if we are going to make a dream come true.
You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets.
Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.
I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.
The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.
In those days he was wiser than he is now -- he used frequently to take my advice.
Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
If a man will kick a fact out of the window, when he comes back he finds it again in the chimney corner.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same kind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of literature and speech and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?
Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it.
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows.
For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession, but carrying a banner.
I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
Most nations, as well as people are impossible only in their youth; they become incorrigible as they grow older.
Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil.
All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.
Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.

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