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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.
The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.
You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another.
God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use.
Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
Remember, when the judgment's weak, the prejudice is strong.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
There is something to that old saying that hate injures the hater, not the hated.
A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
Only a dad but he gives his all To smooth the way for his children small, Doing with courage stern and grim, The deeds that his father did for him, This is the line that for him I pen, Only a dad, but the best of men.
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)
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time.
Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.
If music be the food of love; play on.
Music causes us to think eloquently.
I've always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience.
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
Success is counted sweetest by those who ne'er succeed.
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.
You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either.
Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ?I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.? You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Beauty is not caused. It is.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
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.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.
Life is a long lesson in humility.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love. Kindness is good will. Kindness says, I want you to be happy.
Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated, but for our qualities.
Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition.
I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women.
why wait for night to dream?
I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one.
There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.
Big thinking precedes great achievement.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
If you want your dreams to come true, don't over sleep.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
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.
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 removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.
Man does not speak because he thinks; he thinks because he speaks. Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking: to speak is to think.
Men can acquire knowledge, but not wisdom. Some of the greatest fools ever known were learned men.
We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.
Poetry is an art, the easiest to dabble in, but the hardest to reach true excellence.
The heart is half a prophet.
Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.
The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
The intensity of your desire governs the power with which the force is directed.
Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
The older you get the stronger the wind gets -- and it's always in your face.
The happiness or unhappiness of men depends as much on their humors as on fortune.
There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science.
Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.
The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.
There are weapons that are simply thoughts. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy.
The sky is no longer the limit.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.
To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is better.
A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.
Don't be afraid to let her into your heart and when your down, don't try to carry the whole world on your shoulders.
By words the mind is winged.
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride.
The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg.
Perfection is what American women expect to find in their husbands... but English women only hope to find in their butlers.
Who is mightier than death? Those who can smile when death threatens.
The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.
You can't blame gravity for falling in love.
We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love.
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
Could everything be done twice it would be done better.
Cynicism is humor in ill health.
Keep true to the dreams of your youth.
Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of omnipotence.
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
The power of thought, the magic of the mind.
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
Charity begins at home, but should not end there.
The tragedy of life is not that a man loses, but that he almost wins.
It is easy to condemn, it is better to pity.
Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other's good, and melt at other's woe.
Dreams get you into the future and add excitement to the present.
Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will--tomorrow!
Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.
A woman's mind is cleaner than a man s: She changes it more often.
Familiar acts are beautiful through love.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
The destiny of man is in his own soul
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever.
I have a thing with the camera. The lens is unconditional. It doesn't judge you.
What your heart thinks is great, is great. The soul's emphasis is always right.
Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening.
Man is by nature a political animal.
What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.
Energy is eternal delight.
Life is a classroom in which each of us is being tested, tried, and passed.
A person isn't who they are during the last conversation you had with them - they're who they've been throughout your whole relationship
Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
To be born free is an accident; To live free a responsibility; To die free is an obligation.
Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.
If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.
The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
When you are right no one remembers; when you are wrong no one forgets.
If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it.
Who would wish to be among the commonplace crowd of the little famous -- who are each individually lost in a throng made up of themselves?
Truth uttered before its time is dangerous.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Nothing lowers the level on conversation more than raising the voice.
What we share with another ceases to be our own.
The man who has accomplished all that he thinks worthwhile has begun to die.
To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.
If you can keep your head about you when all about you are losing theirs, its just possible you haven't grasped the situation.

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