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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man that can not read them.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
The pleasure of reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
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.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
Never judge a book by its movie.
A book worth reading is worth buying.
What is reading, but silent conversation.
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.
Things don't go wrong, they simply happen.
There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.
A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.
Our first and last love is... self-love.
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
Six traits of effective leaders: 1. Make others feel important 2. Promote a vision 3. Follow the golden rule 4. Admit mistakes 5. Criticize others only in private 6. Stay close to the action Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.
A book should be luminous not voluminous.
We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.
When all else is lost, the future still remains.
Something of a person's character may be observed by how they smile. Some never smile they only grin.
Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.
The highest virtue found in the tropics is chastity, and in the colder regions, temperance.
Discipline must come through liberty. We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.
It is comforting when one has a sorrow to lie in the warmth of one's bed and there, abandoning all effort and all resistance, to bury even one's head under the cover, giving one's self up to it completely, moaning like branches in the autumn wind. But there is still a better bed, full of divine odors. It is our sweet, our profound, our impenetrable friendship.
My wife heard me say I love you a thousand times, but she never once heard me say sorry
It is a weakness of your human nature to hate those whom you have wronged.
Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.
Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody.
The way I see it, it doesn't matter what you believe just so you're sincere.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.
You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another.
You got to sing like you don't need the money; Love like you'll never get hurt; You got to dance like nobody's watchin'; It's gotta come from the heart if you want it to work.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
It's better to be a lion for a day, than a sheep all your life.
Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
A task becomes a duty from the moment you suspect it to be an essential part of that integrity which alone entitles a man to assume responsibility.
Be right, and then be easy to live with, if possible, but in that order.
We'll never know the worth of water till the well go dry.
False friends are worse than bitter enemies.
Were it not for hope the heart would break.
Perfect love cannot be without equality.
Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.
May God bless you to live as long as you want to; and want to as long as you live!
Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.
A life lived with integrity -- even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.
Achievement is not the most important thing -- Authenticity is
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.
A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.
Integrity is not a 90 percent thing, not a 95 percent thing; either you have it or you don't.
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.
The slow man with integrity will ultimately catch the swift one who has none.
It is far better to be trusted and respected that it is to be liked.
A thread will tie an honest man better than a chain a rogue.
Better bend than break.
Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
If you're on thin ice, you might as well dance.
Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
People are like stained -- glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.
In a dark time, the eye begins to see.
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.
When it gets dark enough you can see the stars.
The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
Any port in a storm.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Failure is success if we learn from it.
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
If I were to say, God, why me? about the bad things, then I should have said, God, why me? about the good things that happened in my life.
The environment is everything that isn't me.
Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.
It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is the rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution which destroys the machinery but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices
Do not worry about whether or not the sun will rise. Be prepared to enjoy it.
I am not concerned that you have fallen, I am concerned that you arise.
Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime, and too sleepy to worry at night.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
One dog barks at something, the rest bark at him.
The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.
Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.
The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!
Don't worry about the intensity and direction of the putt -- until you get on the green!
We probably wouldn't worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do.
Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system. I have never known a man who died from over work, but many who died from doubt.
There are two days in the week on which I never worry; One is yesterday and the other is tomorrow.
Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.
There are only two things to worry about, either you are healthy or you are sick. If you are healthy, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you are sick there are only two things to worry about, either you will get well or you will die. If you get well, then there is nothing to worry about. But if you die there are only two things to worry about, either you will go to heaven or to hell. If you go to heaven, then there is nothing to worry about. And if you to go hell, you'll be so darn busy shaking hands with your friends you won't have time to worry!
It ain't no use putting up your umbrella till it rains.
Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
The only way I'd worry about the weather is if it snows on our side of the field and not theirs.
I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes -- until I met a man who had no feet.
Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person.
Real love stories never have endings.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self -- a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change -- the willful act of making the change, doing something.
You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.
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.
Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
To change and change for the better are two different things
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Two basic rules of life: 1. Change is Inevitable 2. Everyone Resists Change. Remember this: When you are through changing... you're through.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
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.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
i don't miss you.. i miss who i thought you were.
Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.
Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.
Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule...

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