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I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.

You always admire what you really don't understand.
Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.
My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view, that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then.
In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
The proof of gold is fire...
Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
Tis better to understand, than to be understood.
He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else.
You don't need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
It has taken me all my life to understand it is not necessary to understand everything.
If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.
If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.
If the secret of being a bore is to tell all, the secret of pleasing is to say just enough to be --not understood, but divined.
Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten.
When delicate and feeling souls are separated, there is not a feature in the sky, not a movement of the elements, not an aspiration of the breeze, but hints some cause for a lover's apprehension.
Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.
There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.
Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
It's not till sex has died out between a man and a woman that they can really love. And now I mean affection. Now I mean to be fond of (as one is fond of oneself) --to hope, to be disappointed, to live inside the other heart. When I look back on the pain of sex, the love like a wild fox so ready to bite, the antagonism that sits like a twin beside love, and contrast it with affection, so deeply unrepeatable, of two people who have lived a life together (and of whom one must die) it's the affection I find richer. It's that I would have again. Not all those doubtful rainbow colors.
We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.
To be adult is to be alone.
Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.

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