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There's no need to hang about waiting for the last judgment. It takes place every day.

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.
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
Everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedom -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Be careful how you live; you will be the only Bible some people ever read.
A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
I feel that if a person has problems communicating the very least he can do is to shut up.
Note how good you feel after you have encouraged someone else. No other argument is necessary to suggest that never miss the opportunity to give encouragement.
I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception.
Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.
Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it.
Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.
What great things would you attempt if you knew you could not fail.
You will suddenly realize that the reason you never changed before was because you didn't want to.
I despise the phrase “just friends”. Friends are everything to some of us.
We wish to be happier than other people; and this is difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.
You must look into people, as well as at them.
Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
No one is worse, for knowing the worst of themselves.
Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.
Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.
Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter.
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting -- a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.
You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love.
I have great faith in fools; My friends call it self-confidence.
If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.
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.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness, seeing value only after discarding it.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.
To get what you want, STOP doing what isn't working.
Tell the world who you are but don’t use a word.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.
The mark of a well educated person is not necessarily in knowing all the answers, but in knowing where to find them.
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
It is said that only a fool learns from his own mistakes, a wise man from the mistakes of others.
Lord, deliver me from the person who never makes a mistake, and also from the person who makes the same mistake twice.
No man fails who does his best...
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.
As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the atomic age -- as in being able to remake ourselves.
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.
Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure.
Men are not punished for their for sins, but by them.
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
It's better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.
You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
God does not ask about our ability, but our availability.
Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Never a lip is curved with pain That can't be kissed into smiles again.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.
The past does not equal the future.
Craft must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked.
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for truth.
You never find yourself until you face the truth.
Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
The opposite of love is not hate, the opposite of love is ignorance.
Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.
Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.
Committing a great truth to memory is admirable; committing it to life is wisdom.
I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.
Real love stories never have endings.
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.
The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.
Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief.
None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend.
Men give advice; God gives guidance.
Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.
Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.
The best work never was and never will be done for money.
Your friends will know you better in the first minute they meet you than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Love is a better teacher than duty.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Clean your finger before you point at my spots.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
God will not look you over for medal, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.
To find yourself, think for yourself.
A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.
No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys.
The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.
Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing
Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; Hold fast; Hold out. Patience is genius.
If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.
Though language forms the preacher, 'Tis good works make the man.
Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.
A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.
The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention
The weakest link in a chain is the strongest because it can break it.
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
Attack life, it's going to kill you anyway.

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