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The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.

A man cannot be made comfortable without his own approval.
In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.
The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.
The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbor.
Thoughts give birth to a creative force that is neither elemental nor sidereal. Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow. When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven.
True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
The chief knowledge that a man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading.
Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Let us ask ourselves; What kind of people do we think we are?
The first step toward greatness is to be honest.
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
The trouble comes when we try to fashion our success to the outside world's specifications even though these are not the specifications drawn up in our own hearts. For whom are we succeeding, for ourselves or for somebody else? Success, if it is to be mea
I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.
No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form. The changing of a vague difficulty into a specific, concrete form is a very essential element in thinking.
Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.
It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.
It (racing) is a matter of spirit, not strength. It is a matter of doing your best each little moment. There's never a break. You must have desire, a very intense desire to keep going.
I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
At all times it is better to have a method.
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
Doomed are the hotheads! Unhappy are they who lose their cool and are too proud to say, I'm sorry.
That which we do not believe, we cannot adequately say; even though we may repeat the words ever so often.
Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done.
Take the trouble to stop and think of the other person's feelings, his viewpoints, his desires and needs. Think more of what the other fellow wants, and how he must feel.
Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
All men of action are dreamers.
Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights.
Feelings are everywhere -- be gentle.
An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.
Poetry is the language of feeling.
We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independant, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.
Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen to be a pygmy.
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.
The future is purchased by the present.
I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
Be smart, but never show it.
Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
Fear is met and destroyed with courage.
The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.
It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by providence as an evil to mankind.
Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man.
The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style.
The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
You are wholly complete and your success in life will be in direct proportion to your ability to accept this truth about you.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Our attitude towards ourselves should be to be satiable in learning and towards others to be tireless in teaching.
Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.
Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.
The less you know, the more you think you know, because you don't know you don't know.
Leap, and the net will appear.
We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.
A drug is neither moral nor immoral -- it's a chemical compound. The compound itself is not a menace to society until a human being treats it as if consumption bestowed a temporary license to act like an asshole.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children.
Those who resolve to conquer or die, are rarely conquered.
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Any law that takes hold of a mans daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life.
We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
It is a weakness of your human nature to hate those whom you have wronged.
I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right -- shame on you!
The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.
To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.
He that never changes his opinion never corrects mistakes and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
When you stop having dreams and ideals -- well, you might as well stop altogether.
One pain is lessened by another's anguish.
Life is good when we think it's good. Life is bad when we don't think.
You begin by always expecting good things to happen
Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength
Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.
Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
Find a need and fill it.
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. [Matthew 7:12]
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
Better to ask twice than to lose your way once.
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.
You never know yourself till you know more than your body.
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Man is the head of the family, woman the neck that turns the head.
Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!
Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?
God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.
All of the top achievers I know are life-long learners... Looking for new skills, insights, and ideas. If they're not learning, they're not growing... not moving toward excellence.
Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving
Risk -- If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he doesn't know how wide it is, he'll jump and six times out of ten he'll make it.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
Knowledge, like religion, must be experienced in order to be known.
Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities.
The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
We know that every woman wants to be thin. Our images of womanhood are almost synonymous with thinness.
City life is millions of people being lonesome together.
Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation.
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
We read poetry because the poets, like ourselves, have been haunted by the inescapable tyranny of time and death; have suffered the pain of loss, and the more wearing, continuous pain of frustration and failure; and have had moods of unlooked-for release and peace. They have known and watched in themselves and others.
Here is the simple but powerful rule... always give people more than they expect to get.
The things which are most important don't always scream the loudest.
Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.
You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
Our strength grows out of our weakness.
I just wake up and say, You're a bum, go do something worthwhile today.
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
No matter what you do, do it to your utmost. I always attribute my success to always requiring myself to do my level best, if only in driving a tack in straight.
Legend : a lie that has attained the dignity of age.
Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image.
I grow old learning something new every day.
Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.
God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use.
You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another.
Good humor isn't a trait of character, it is an art which requires practice.
Courage -- a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you wake in the morning.

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