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Fear is the opportunity for courage, not proof of cowardice.
--John McCain
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
--Helen Keller
The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.
--John Ruskin
Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return and you may remain in ignorance.
--William Wirt
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.
--Bernard M. Baruch
If man is man and God is God, to live without prayer is not merely an awful thing: it is an infinitely foolish thing.
--Phillips Brooks
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.
--Allophones Karr
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars or sailed to an unchartered land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
--Helen Keller
Many people may listen, but few people actually hear.
--Harvey Mackay
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
Courtesy is doing unto others what you would like them to do unto you.
It is the heart always that sees before the head can see.
--Thomas Carlyle
The value of compassion cannot be over emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.
--Arthur H. Stainback
Love is what you've been through with somebody.
--James Thurber
Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty. Were it otherwise, he would never have been able to find those words.
--Rainer Maria Rilke
Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing and conveys much.
--Erastus Wiman
The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
--Charles Du Bos
The most damaging phrase in the language is: It's always been done that way.
--Grace Hopper
What's right is right, no matter how few people do it. What's wrong is wrong, no matter how many people do it.
To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself, it will spiral down into ever increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline is about.
--James Clavell
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
--Harold Coffin
Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.
Aim at the sun and you may not reach it, but your arrow will fly far higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself.
--F. Hawes
Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten, someone will intercept it before it reaches you.
--Calvin Coolidge
I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.
--John D. Rockefeller
Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing.
--Abraham Lincoln
I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
--J.B. Priestly
The young do not know enough to be prudent and therefore, they attempt the impossible and achieve it, generation after generation.
--Pearl S. Buck
The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
--Benjamin Disraeli
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
--Thomas Alva Edison
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
--Napoleon Hill
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
--B.C. Forbes
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
--Harold Coffin
The greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising up every time we fall.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
--Ralph Waldo
EmersonThe manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.
--Pierre Corneille
The basic building block of good communication is the feeling that every human being is unique and of value.
Make yourself an honest man and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.
--Thomas Carlyle
There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.
--Booker T. Washington
Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.
--Denis Waitley
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
--Edmund Burke
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.
--William Hazlitt
It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.
--Pierre Beaumarchais
Children need models rather than critics.
--Joseph Joubert
A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself.
--Chinua Achebe
You pile up enough tomorrows and you'll be left with nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.
--Meredith Willson
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
--Carl Jung
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them, but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
--Helen Keller
For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
--Nicholas Murray Butler
You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.
--Harriet Woods
If you want a happy, good life, keep control of your tongue and guard your lips from telling lies.
--1 Peter 3:10
Many of our fears are tissue paper thin and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
--Brendan Francis Behan
If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
--Mary Pickford
Forgive all who have offended you. Not for them, but for yourself.
Wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future and your hopes will not be cut short.
--Proverbs 24:14
"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."
-Earl Nightingale
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it's not going to go away.
--Elvis Presley
Remember, obstacles are simply opportunities for advancement.
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
--Amelia Earhart
If there is one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire better than another, it is a brave man. It is the man who dares to look the devil in the face and tell him he is a devil.
--James A. Garfield
All high achievers plan their work and work their plan, for they are keenly aware that luck is most often being prepared to take advantage of a situation.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole, experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.
--Helen Keller
Look to your health and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience, for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of. A blessing money can't buy.
--Izaak Walton
The things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.
When we accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.
--Arland Gilbert
Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
--Benjamin Franklin
Treasure the love you have received above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.
If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.
--Yugoslav proverb
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
--Evelyn Waugh
If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man.
--Mark Twain
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
--Anna Freud
They do not love who do not show their love.
--William Shakespeare
We must constantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.
--Ruth Bell Graham
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
--Sir John Lubbock
What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
--George Eliot
Parents are not quite interested in justice. They are interested in quiet.
--Bill Cosby
Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.
--E.M. Bounds
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
--Angela Schwindt
The family fireside is the best of schools.
--Arnold Glasgow
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.
--George Washington
Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be; the last of life for which the first was made.
--Robert Browning
Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.
--Anton Chekhov
We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.
--Charles Caleb Colton
"I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything. "I will try" has accomplished wonders.
--George P. Burnham
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself; and you are the easiest person to fool.
--Richard Feynman
Shared joy is a double joy. Shared sorrow is half sorrow.
--Swedish proverb
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.
--Thomas Sowell
The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.
--Wang Yang-Ming
The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor.
When everything seems to be going against you, remember the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
--Henry Ford
To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.
--Robert Copeland
People are lonely, because they build walls instead of bridges.
When we hear news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
--Helen Keller
The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.
--Pierre Corneille
Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost part of your life.
--Michael Leboeuf
Love cures people: both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
--Dr. Karl Menninger
Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.
--Hans Selye
Tolerance is a great trait to contain, but so is the ability to shut up.
Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character.
Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing and conveys much.
--Erastus Wiman
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
--Charles Du Bos
Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses and some don't turn up at all.
--Sam Ewing
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Peace rules the day where reason rules the mind.
--Wilkie Collins

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