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Happiness – Ernest Hemingway

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” – Ernest Hemingway

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The miracle of man – Robert Ardrey

“We were born of risen apes, not fallen angels, and the apes were armed killers besides. And so what shall we wonder at? Our murders and massacres and missiles, and our irreconcilable regiments? Or our treaties whatever they may be worth; our symphonies however …

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Free – Haruki Murakami

“What did it mean for a person to be free? she would often ask herself. Even if you managed to escape from one cage, weren’t you just in another, larger one?” – Haruki Murakami

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Take a pounding – Betty White

“I don’t know why people say grow some balls. Balls are weak. Grow a vagina. Now those can take a pounding.” – Betty White

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Sad – Unknown

“Why should you be sad? You lost someone who didn’t want to be with you. She lost someone who loved her.” – Unknown

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Two most important days – Mark Twain

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain

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Being together – Unknown

“If you’re not helping each other to become better people, then there’s no point in being together.” – Unknown

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Reflection – Voltaire

“The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else’s eyes.” – Voltaire

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Solitude – Sir Francis Bacon

“Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth. For a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.” – Sir Francis Bacon

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Risks – Leo Buscaglia

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love. Chained by his certitude, he is a slave; he has forfeited his freedom. Only …

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Faith – Thomas Aquinas

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” – Thomas Aquinas

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Better story – Unknown

“Always go for the decision that makes a better story.” – Unknown

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Modern business rules – Unknown

“Modern business rules: If you make stuff, it’s difficult to make money. If you move it or market it, you’ll be fine.” – Unknown

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Know so much – Herodotus

“Of all men’s miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing.” – Herodotus

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Procrastination – Unknown

“Procrastination is a lot like masturbation, it feels good when you do it but in the end you’re only fucking yourself.” – Unknown

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Asshole – Raylan Givens

“If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole.” – Raylan Givens

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Relationship problems – Alain de Botton

“Most relationship problems condensed: someone is standing too close, someone is standing too far.” – Alain de Botton

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Things – A. A. Milne

“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it” – A. …

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Passion – Søren Kierkegaard

“Only by investing and speaking your vision with passion can the truth, one way or another, finally penetrate the reluctance of the world.” – Søren Kierkegaard

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Family – James Altucher

“Family is not family. “Family” is bullshit. It’s an excuse for people to enable each other. Everyone has issues in their family that they cover up with flimsy transparent band-aids.” – James Altucher

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Doubts – Shakespeare

“Our doubts are our traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” – Shakespeare

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What I do – Sundeep Sidhu

“What I do is an expression and not a definition of me.” – Sundeep Sidhu

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Friendship – David Whyte

“Friendship is a mirror to presence and a testament to forgiveness. Friendship not only helps us see ourselves through another’s eyes, but can be sustained over the years only with someone who has repeatedly forgiven us for our trespasses as we must find it …

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25 letters of the alphabet – Unknown

“I’m good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet. I don’t know Y.” – Unknown

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Abundance – Epicurus

“Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” – Epicurus

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You owe me – Rumi

‘And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.’ – Rumi

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Actions – Unknown

“Actions speak louder than words. We can apologize over and over, but if our actions don’t change, the words become meaningless.” – Unknown

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Character – Abraham Lincoln

‎”Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

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The worst walls – Ursula K. Le Guin

“The worst walls are never the ones you find in your way. The worst walls are the ones you put there – you build yourself.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

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The opinions of others – Marcus Aurelius

“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Your ability to create drama – Very Grumpy Cat

“Congratulations on your ability to create drama out of absolutely nothing.” – Very Grumpy Cat

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Hypothesis – Milan Kundera

“It does take great maturity to understand that the opinion we are arguing for is merely the hypothesis we favor, necessarily imperfect, probably transitory, which only very limited minds can declare to be a certainty or a truth.” – Milan Kundera

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Travel – Mark Twain

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

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Without changing a single idea – Robert Anton Wilson

“It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.” – Robert Anton Wilson

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Senseless odyssey – Hunter S. Thompson

“Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an …

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Beliefs you hold about yourself – Unknown

“Question the beliefs you hold about yourself, and the beliefs you feel others hold about you. Reject those beliefs, even if just for a little while, and see if it’s something you should let go of for good.” – Unknown

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Enjoy less – Socrates

“The secret to happiness, you see, is not in gaining more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates

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True to life – Max Frisch

It’s precisely the disappointing stories, which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning, that sound true to life. – Max Frisch

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Truth and love have always won – Mahatma Gandhi

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” – Mahatma …

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Encumbered with your old nonsense – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit …

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Do not stand at my grave and wee – Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When …

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A downright moron – H.L. Mencken

“The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be …

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The right wrong person – Andrew Boyd

“We’re all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you …

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Always toward the sunshine – Walt Whitman

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman

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The best and most beautiful things – Helen Keller

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

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Grow sharper – W.B. Yeats

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – W.B. Yeats

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Ignorance – Franz Kafka

“They say ignorance is bliss…they’re wrong ” – Franz Kafka

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Voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny – Bertrand Russell

“One should as a rule, respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in …

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Attitude – Chuck Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think …

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Rawness – Emery Allen

“I think I fall in love a little bit with anyone who shows me their soul. This world is so guarded and fearful. I appreciate rawness so much.” – Emery Allen

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Human being – Albert Einstein

“I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever.” – Albert Einstein

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The Public Sucks – George Carlin

“Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from …

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Worries – John Locke

“Whatever worries you, masters you.” – John Locke

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Future – Unknown

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” – Unknown

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Be quiet – Franz Kafka

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll …

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You don’t need anyone’s permission –

“You don’t need anyone’s permission, not even your own mind’s, to live a life full of the things that matter to you. Happiness is not the absence of pain, but rather the willingness to ride out the painful bits in order to live the …

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This is what you shall do – Walt Whitman

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have …

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Giving – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“In giving, you throw a bridge across the chasm of your solitude.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Light enters – Rumi

“The Wound is the Place where the Light enters You” – Rumi

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Truth – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Democracy – Winston Churchill

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” – Winston Churchill

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Democracy – J. William Fulbright

“In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.” – J. William Fulbright

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Butterfly – Muhammad Ali

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, his hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.” – Muhammad Ali

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Your success – Richard Bach

“Ask yourself the secret of YOUR success. Listen to your answer, and practice it.” – Richard Bach

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Aim – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We aim above the mark to hit the mark.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Write the book – Carol Shields

“Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find.” – Carol Shields

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Life choices – Kierkegaard

“Lfe is a series of choices, any one of which could be either aggrandizing or disastrous.” – Kierkegaard

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Wishful thinking – PZ Myers

“Discomfort with the fact that evolution is weirder and less straightforward than our brains can imagine is not an argument for endorsing wishful thinking.” – PZ Myers

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Love – Mark vernon

“Love is made in the gritty ups and downs of being with someone who is as flawed as you.” – Mark vernon

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Understand

“I’m certain I can explain something to you, but I can’t understand it for you.”

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Donate

“To which foundation do I need to donate to help you?”

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Love – CS Lewis

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round …

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My own – Sylvia Plath

“How much of my brain is willfully my own? How much is not a rubber stamp of what I have read and heard and lived?” – Sylvia Plath

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Victim – Unknown

“If someone you know/are friends with/date is always a victim, it is only a matter of time before you will victimize them.” – Unknown

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Consciousness – Carl Jung

“There’s no coming to consciousness without pain.” – Carl Jung

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Loneliness – Carl Jung

“Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.” – Carl Jung

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Knowing your own darkness – Carl Jung

“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” – Carl Jung

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Accomplices – Edward R. Murrow

“No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.” – Edward R. Murrow

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Good listeners – Helen Keller

“Everybody talks, nobody listens. Good listeners are as rare as white crows.” – Helen Keller

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Possibility – Hellen Keller

“People are too prone to think that the actual is the limit of possibility. They believe that all that has been done is all that can be done.” – Hellen Keller

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Succeed – Hellen Keller

“Many of us delude ourselves with the thought that if we could stand in the lot of our more fortunate neighbor, we could live better, happier and more useful lives… It is my experience that unless we can succeed in our present position, we …

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Joy – Hellen Keller

“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” – Hellen Keller

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Emotions

Emotions people feel, but can’t explain: Sonder: The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own. Opia: The ambiguous intensity of Looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. Monachopsis: The subtle but persistent …

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Remember – Douglas Coupland

“Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.” – Douglas Coupland

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Comfort – John Churton Collins

“If we knew each other’s secrets, what comfort we would find.” – John Churton Collins

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Thrive – Maya Angelou

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” – Maya Angelou

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Freedom – J. Robert Oppenheimer

“As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer

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Be careful – David McCourt

“Effort follows attention and results follow effort. So be careful what you think about.” – David McCourt

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Happiness – Philip Schultz

“Success, failure are almost artificial. People fall into the way of thinking that there’s one or the other, it’s black or white, that there’s no in between. Of course, we all live in between. Happiness, is in between.” – Philip Schultz

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I am the decisive element – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be …

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Language – Penelope Lively

“Language tethers us to the world; without it we spin like atoms.” – Penelope Lively

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Skeptical – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Great intellects are skeptical.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Perceive – David Hume

“To hate, to love, to think, to feel, to see; all this is nothing but to perceive.” – David Hume

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Truths – Galileo Galilei

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo Galilei

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People aren’t lazy – Tony Robbins

“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them. They don’t accomplish what they set out to do because they lose interest. Their dream, their goal, is really not that important to them.” – Tony …

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Significance – Aristotle ‏

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle ‏

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Ugly – George Savile

“Nothing looks more ugly than reason when it is not on our side.” – George Savile

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Courage – Mark Twain

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” – Mark Twain

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Diamond – Unknown

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.” – Unknown

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A better story

“Always go for the decision that makes a better story.” – Unknown reddit comment

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Happiness – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Unrequited love – Charles M. Schulz

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” – Charles M. Schulz

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The mind – Unknown

“The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master” – Unknown

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Procrastinating – ‏@VeryGrumpyCat

“I put the pro in procrastinating.” – Very Grumpy Cat ‏@VeryGrumpyCat

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Imagine – Arul Subramaniam

“If I’m going to imagine something, I imagine it in my favour.” – Arul Subramaniam

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Escape the present – John Green

“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” …

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True friendship – Albert Einstein

“However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.” – Albert Einstein

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Self-discipline – Eleanor Roosevelt

“I have discovered that, important as self-discipline is to a child, it is increasingly important as one grows older. Then it is really essential for your well-being to regulate your life and habits in a sensible way.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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You couldn’t relive your life – Stewart O’Nan

“You couldn’t relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole – like the world, or the person you loved.” – Stewart O’Nan

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See things – Kyodo Williams

You just want to open the space around it so that you can expand your vision to see things just as they are.” – Kyodo Williams

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No one – Alain De Botton

“No one is as strong as they seem – or as daunting as we fear.” – Alain De Botton

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Social media – Ryan Holiday

“Almost universally, the kind of performance we give on social media is positive. It’s more ‘Let me tell you how well things are going. Look how great I am.’ It’s rarely the truth: ‘I’m scared. I’m struggling. I don’t know.’” – Ryan Holiday

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Real love moves freely – Cheryl Strayed

“You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else.” – Cheryl …

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Self-criticism – Alain De Botton

“We have taken self-criticism too far when it no longer has any effect on our level of achievement, when it simply saps our morale and our will to get out of bed.” – Alain De Botton

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Stars in my eyes – Taylor from Ohio

“I no longer fear the day someone who swore I was their universe can no longer see the stars in my eyes as long as they still choose to look until they find them again.” – Taylor from Ohio

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Elevates the soul – Gustave Flaubert

“Doesn’t it seem to you, that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?” ― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

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Heroes – Roger Moore

“I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent.” – Roger Moore

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Understand something – Upton Sinclair

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” – Upton Sinclair

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Your best – Unknown

“You never hear about the 100 other people who gave up everything for their goal but failed. Your best is sometimes just not enough.” – Unknown

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Life – Jean-Luc Picard

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life.” – Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek)

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Duality – Unknown

“Duality is a part of life. The sun sets and the sun rises. We inhale and we exhale. We must create and we must rest. Don’t expect to be productive everyday, but don’t be lazy either.” – Unknown

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Rain – H. Wadsworth Longfellow

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is, let it rain.” – H. Wadsworth Longfellow

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Bad guy – Unknown

“Sometimes you are the bad guy.” – Unknown

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Three little words

“Three little words that broke my heart. She. Chose. Him.”

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Knowledge – Lenny Bruce

“Knowledge of syphilis is not instruction to get it. Likewise, knowledge of an opposing point of view is not instruction to eradicate it—nor embrace it.” – Lenny Bruce

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Cannot – Ashanti proverb

“One cannot both feast and become rich.” – Ashanti proverb

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Conspiracy theory – Amy Dentata

“Ultimately the root of any conspiracy theory is a strong desire to believe that someone, somewhere, is competent at what they’re doing.” – Amy Dentata

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Master – Gustave Flaubert

“One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.” ― Gustave Flaubert

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Power – George R. R. Martin

“Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick. A shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow.” – George R. R. Martin, Lord Varys: Game of Thrones

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Truth – Gustave Flaubert

“There is no truth. There is only perception.” ― Gustave Flaubert

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Something of yourself – Fred Rogers

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” – …

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Intuition – Daniel Dennett

“Intuition is simply knowing something without knowing how you got there.” – Daniel Dennett

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Opinion – Bertrand Russell

“If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry … (you have) no good reason for thinking as you do.” – Bertrand Russell

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Betrayed – Margaret Cho

“Maybe I wanted to hear it so badly that my ears betrayed my mind in order to secure my heart.” – Margaret Cho

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Responsibility – Admiral Hyman G Rickover

“Responsibility is a unique concept: it can only reside and inhere in a single individual. You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you. You may disclaim it, but you cannot …

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Coloured ribbon – Napoleon

“A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of coloured ribbon” – Napoleon

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Chaos – George R. R. Martin

“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail & never get to try again. The fall breaks them and some are given a chance to climb, they cling to the real or the gods or love. Only …

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Stupidity – Gustave Flaubert

“Stupidity lies in wanting to draw conclusions.” ― Gustave Flaubert

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Decency – Anonymous

“Being nice to someone doesn’t entitle you to anything. Decency to others should just be base behaviour.” – Anonymous

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Introversion – Anonymous

“Introversion has nothing to do with social anxiety, shyness, or fear of people. It just means that being around people is mentally and physically ‘draining’. Introverts can be extremely social and outgoing and extroverts can be shy and have social anxiety.” – Anonymous

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Loneliness – Anonymous

“Loneliness is not cured by the presence of people.” – Anonymous

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Why not – George Bernard Shaw

“You see things; and you say: “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say: “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw

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Possibility – Steve Maraboli

“We have an internal check and balance system. By design we are so filled with possibility, opportunity, with greatness that when we live small, within the bottom of our capability, we innately know we should be living greater than that, and it creates a …

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Happiness – Pat Conroy

“Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.” – Pat Conroy

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Why not – Danielle Steel

“Life, a good life, a great life is about “Why not?” May we never forget it.” – Danielle Steel

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Vision – Jonathan Swift

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift

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Travel – John Muir

“Most people who travel look only at what they are directed to look at. Great is the power of the guidebook maker, however ignorant.” – John Muir

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Love – Ursula K. Le Guin

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

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One day – Christina Rossetti

“One day in the country Is worth a month in town” – Christina Rossetti

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Great – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Enthusiasm – Louis Pasteur

“The Greeks have given us one of the most beautiful words of our language, the word “enthusiasm” — a God within. The grandeur of the acts of men are measured by the inspiration from which they spring. Happy is he who bears a God …

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Thoughts – Byron Katie

“It’s not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering.” – Byron Katie

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Hero – Anne Brontë

“It is better to arm and strengthen your hero, than to disarm and enfeeble your foe.” – Anne Brontë

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Indifference – Elie wiesel

“The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference” – elie wiesel

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Destiny – Mahatma Gandhi

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Meaning of life – Viktor E. Frankl

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life — daily and …

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Sober – Ernest Hemingway

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway

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Inside – Michelangelo

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” – Michelangelo

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Reading – John Locke

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” – John Locke

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Interpretation – Kierkegaard

“Interpretation can be a great misconception, and all my troubles can be likes sophisms to which we can say nothing.” – Kierkegaard

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Thought – Bertrand Russell

“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death.” – Bertrand Russell

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Trust – Jamie Smart

“You can’t trust your thinking to give you an accurate description of how you’re doing.” – Jamie Smart

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Hiding place – Zora Neale Hurston

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston

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Attitude – Hellen Keller

“The chief handicap of the blind is not blindness, but the attitude of seeing people towards them.” – Hellen Keller

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Enlightened – Carl Jung

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung

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My mission – Maya Angelou

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” ― Maya Angelou

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Doors of perception – William Blake

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” ― William Blake

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Twenty-four hour days – Zig Ziglar

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar

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Prevail – Dang Thuy Tram

“Come to me, squeeze my hand, know my loneliness, and give me the love, the strength to prevail on the perilous road before me.” – Dang Thuy Tram

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Surrounded – Muhammad Ali

“I’ll hit Liston with so many punches from so many angles he’ll think he’s surrounded.” – Muhammad Ali

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Coach – Daniel Coyle

“Don’t seek a coach who’s like a courteous waiter. Seek a coach who scares you a little.” – Daniel Coyle

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Your day – Unknown

“May the rest of your day be as pleasant as you have been.” – Unknown

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Richard Nixon’s crimes – Bill Maher

“Funny that all of Richard Nixon’s crimes – anonymous campaign cash, wiretapping, undeclared wars – are all legal now. Discuss.” – Bill Maher

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Trust – Robby Greer

“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because it’s trust is not of the branch but of its own wings.” – Robby Greer

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Inaction – Dale Carnegie

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

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Doubt – Voltaire

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one – Voltaire

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Happy ending – Orson Welles

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” – Orson Welles

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Science – Louis Pasteur

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.” – Louis …

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The thing standing in the way of your dreams – xkcd

“You look like you’re going to spend your life having one epiphany after another, always thinking you’ve finally figured out what’s holding you back, and how you can finally be productive and creative and turn you life around. But nothing will ever change. That …

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Bodybuilder – Unknown

“What do you call a bodybuilder with big balls? A beginner.” – Unknown

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Creativity – George Lois

“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” — George Lois

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Mastery – Michelangelo

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo

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Teachers – Chinese proverb

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.” – Chinese proverb

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Person-oriented – Martin Luther King Jr.

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Music – Plato

“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

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Present – Marianne Williamson

“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” – Marianne Williamson

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Appearance – William Jennings Bryan

“Appearance too often takes the place of reality — the stamp of the coin is there, and the glitter of the gold, but, after all, it is but a worthless wash. Sham is carried into every department of life, and we are being corrupted …

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Grow – Ben Okri

“This is what you must be like. Grow wherever life puts you down.” – Ben Okri

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Passive sins – Eleanor Roosevelt

“So much attention is paid to the aggressive sins, such as violence and cruelty and greed with all their tragic effects, that too little attention is paid to the passive sins, such as apathy and laziness, which in the long run can have a …

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Language – Franz Kafka

“All language is but a poor translation.” – Franz Kafka

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Courage – Maya Angelou

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou

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Broken places – Ernest Hemingway

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

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Humble – Carl Sagan

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of …

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Thought – Albert Einstein

“Thought is the organizing factor in man, intersected between the causal primary instincts and the resulting actions.” – Albert Einstein

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When women love us – Honoré de Balzac

“When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.” – Honoré de Balzac

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Naked picture – Unknown

“Yesterday I accidentally sent a naked picture of myself to everyone in my address book. Not only was it embarrassing but it cost a fortune in stamps.” – Unknown

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Good design – Paul Graham

“Good design solves the right problem. The typical stove has four burners arranged in a square, and a dial to control each. How do you arrange the dials? The simplest answer is to put them in a row. But this is a simple answer …

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Night falls – Margaret Atwood

“Night falls. Or has fallen. Why is it that night falls, instead of rising, like the dawn? Yet if you look east, at sunset, you can see night rising, not falling; darkness lifting into the sky, up from the horizon, like a black sun …

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Rainbow – Charlie Chaplin

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down” ― Charlie Chaplin

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Shocking ideas – Paul Graham

“There seems a clear correlation between intelligence and willingness to consider shocking ideas. This isn’t just because smart people actively work to find holes in conventional thinking. Conventions also have less hold over them to start with. You can see that in the way …

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Beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

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Real progress – Unknown

“Real progress is more likely to be found in one hundred 1% improvements than one 100% improvement.” – Unknown

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Do what you can – Theodore Roosevelt

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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It is never too late – George Eliot

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ― George Eliot

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Cat – Rudyard Kipling

“I am not a friend, and I am not a servant. I am the Cat who walks by himself, and I wish to come into your cave.” – Rudyard Kipling

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Stars – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Seven Social Sins – Gandhi

Seven Social Sins: “Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Religion without sacrifice. Politics without principle/truth.” – Gandhi

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Hope – Emily Dickinson

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” ― Emily Dickinson

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One state – Alexandre Dumas

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, …

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Worry – Dan Zadra

“Worry is a misuse of the imagination.” – Dan Zadra

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A revolutionary act – George Orwell

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

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It is never too late – George Eliot

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

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Well-behaved women – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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Change the world – Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

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Devils – William Shakespeare

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” ― William Shakespeare

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Burns and flies – C. JoyBell C.

“They say a good love is one that sits you down, gives you a drink of water, and pats you on top of the head. But I say a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you …

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The Invitation – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The Invitation by Oriah “It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to …

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Got him – Margaret Atwood

“Longed for him. Got him. Shit.” ― Margaret Atwood

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The ruin you’ve made – Margaret Atwood

“Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever. It’s like the tide going out, revealing whatever’s been thrown away and sunk: broken bottles, old gloves, rusting pop cans, nibbled fishbodies, bones. This is the kind of thing …

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Magic – Arthur C. Clarke

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” ― Arthur C. Clarke

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Mind opened – Gerry Spence

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” ― Gerry Spence

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Change – Albert Einstein

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ― Albert Einstein

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War – Margaret Atwood

“War is what happens when language fails.” ― Margaret Atwood

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Meaning – Albert Einstein

“It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.” ― Albert Einstein

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Privilege – Unknown

“When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” – Unknown

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Hydrogen – Unknown

“Given enough time, hydrogen starts to wonder where it came from, and where it is going.” – Unknown

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Optimism – Action for happiness

“Optimism. It’s not about believing that everything happens for the best; it’s about making the best of the things that happen” – Action for happiness

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Never forget – Arundhati Roy

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what …

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Travel – Sir James Jeans

“To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.” – Sir James Jeans

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Criticism – Goethe

“Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.” – Goethe

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True contentment – Charles Caleb Colton

“True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.” – Charles Caleb Colton

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Change the world ― Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

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Tyrants and murderers – Mahatma Gandhi

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.” …

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Inside-out people – John Hurt

“I play the unloved … people like us, the inside-out people, who live their lives as an experiment, not as a formula.” – John Hurt

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People – Unknown

“People know more than you think they do, but less than they think they do.” – Unknown, reddit

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Rainbow – Maya Angelou

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

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Nirvana – Joseph Campbell

“Nirvana is the condition that comes when you are not compelled by desire, by fear or by social commitments – when you hold your center and act out of there.” – Joseph Campbell

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Fallen – Boris Pasternak

“I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn’t of much value. Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them.” – Boris Pasternak

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Love – Meša Selimović

“Everyone says love hurts, but that is not true. Loneliness hurts. Rejection hurts. Losing someone hurts. Envy hurts. Everyone gets these things confused with love, but in reality love is the only thing in this world that covers up all pain and makes someone …

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Soul – Marcus Aurelius

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Medicine – Walt Whitman

“There is something in personal love, caresses, and the magnetic flood of sympathy and friendship, that does, in its way, more good than all the medicine in the world.” – Walt Whitman

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Broken – Unknown

“I’m not interested if you’ve stood with the great. I’m interested if you’ve sat with the broken.” – Unknown

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Good people – Donald J. Trump

“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.” – Donald J. Trump

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7-Eleven – Donald J. Trump

“I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen, down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down” – Donald J. Trump

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Important – Bertrand Russell

“The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.” – Bertrand Russell

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Beautiful women – Zan Perrion

“There’s a difference between hot women and beautiful women. Hot women are everywhere; they abound. They are beautified, not beautiful. Beautiful women, on the other hand, are rare and a real mystery. Hotness speaks to our impulses. Beauty speaks to our imagination.” – Zan …

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Getting started – Mark Twain

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain

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Moods – Larry Drain

“Moods are processes — not events. They have a coming and a going. It means knowing that because something “feels so” doesn’t make it so.” – Larry Drain

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How you want to feel – Unknown

“Don’t think about what you want to do, think about how you want to feel.” – Unknown

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A single thought – Henry David Thoreau

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think …

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Shout out – Unknown

‘Shout out to all of the people wondering what the opposite of “in” is.’ – Unknown

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Cult of ignorance – Issac Asimov

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance …

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Shadow boxing – Muhammad Ali

“I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won.” – Muhammad Ali

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Don’t believe – Unknown

“Don’t believe everything you think” – Unknown

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Carried – Megan Devine

‘Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried.’ – Megan Devine

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Price – Warren Buffett

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” – Warren Buffett

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A friend – Unknown

“A friend is someone who knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – Unknown

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I am adjusted to myself – Anais Nin

“I disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women; to enter ordinary relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic – in the sense that I live in my world. …

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Odd – Dr. Seuss

“You have to be odd to be number one” – Dr. Seuss

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Easy – Leo Babauta

“Make it so easy you can’t say no.” – Leo Babauta

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Ready – Hugh Laurie

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do …

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Destiny – William shakespeare

“It is Not in the stars to hold Our destiny but in ourselves.” – William shakespeare

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Every day – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Stupidity

“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.” – Hanlons Razor

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Angels sing – Carrie Fisher

“I heard someone say once that many of us only seem able to find heaven by backing away from hell. And while the place that I’ve arrived at in my life may not precisely be everyone’s idea of heavenly, I could swear sometimes–I hear …

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Growth – Edward Abbey

“It isn’t compulsory to earn more money, achieve more goals, realise our potential on every dimension, or fit more in. Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” – Edward Abbey

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Everything that you do is you – George Michael

“At some point I realised everything that you do is you, even it it’s the lies you tell. Even if it’s an act, it’s part of the real me because it’s what I want people to think I am.” – Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (George …

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Children – Abigail Van Buren

“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.” – Abigail Van Buren

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Reproach resentment – Tacitus

“To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.” – Tacitus

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Yesterdays – Brendan Francis

“No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.” – Brendan Francis

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Rain – Clint Eastwood

“If you think it’s going to rain, it will.” – Clint Eastwood

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Tomorrow – Jimmy Lyons

“Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man.” – Jimmy Lyons

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Fear and lack of self-confidence

“Nothing sabotages a career as effectively as fear and lack of self-confidence. The way to conquer anxiety is identify what scares you and then ask yourself the question – What can I do to overcome this fear?”

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Measure with judgment – Agnes Repplier

“…we are less likely to fail if we measure with judgment our chances and our capabilities.” – Agnes Repplier

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The money will come – Greer Garson

“Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.” – Greer Garson

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Sadness – Jean de La Fontaine

“Sadness flies away on the wings of time.’ – Jean de La Fontaine

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It’s better – Sister Elizabeth Kenny

“It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.” – Sister Elizabeth Kenny

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Every difficulty – Albert Einstein

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

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The little things – Unknown

“Why not learn to enjoy the little things – there are so many of them.” – Unknown

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Happy – Schiller

“Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.” – Schiller

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Throw away – Turkish proverb

“None is so rich as to throw away a friend.” – Turkish proverb

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Newspaper editors – Adlai Stevenson

“Newspaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff.” – Adlai Stevenson

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Enthusiastic – Charles Kingsley

“All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” – Charles Kingsley

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The worst thing – Abraham Lincoln

“The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Cowards and the valiant – William Shakespeare

“Cowards die many times before their death. The valiant never tastes of death but once.” – William Shakespeare

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Adaptable – Charles Darwin

“It is not the strongest of the species…nor the most intelligent, that survives. It is the one most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin

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– David Cain

“Imagine life getting ninety-some times more enjoyable. That’s what we’re leaving on the table when we leave our attention hanging on an internal dialogue by default. It’s not the world that’s stressful. The outside world is a lot more peaceful than it seems, and …

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Only last week – Muhammad Ali

“I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.” – Muhammad Ali

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Love – Mr Rogers

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” – Mr Rogers

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You’re three – Unknown

“I know five fat people and you’re three of them.” – Unknown

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The line dividing good and evil – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who …

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Mistaken – Pascal

“When we wish to correct with advantage, and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side …

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Perfection – Stanley J. Randall

“The closest to perfection anyone ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.” – Stanley J. Randall

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Wisdom – Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Lifeless – English proverb

“He is lifeless that is faultless.” – English proverb

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The best things – Art Buchwald

“The best things in life aren’t things.” – Art Buchwald

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Art of being wise – William James

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” – William James

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The ideal lover – Alain de Botton

“The ideal lover: someone who corrects the biases of one’s own personality.” – Alain de Botton

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Delusion of his consciousness – Albert Einstein

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is …

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Goodness – Pablo Casals

“Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage… to listen to his …

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Egg – Turkish proverb

“Today’s egg is better than tomorrow’s hen.” – Turkish proverb

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Miserable or strong – Carlos Castenada

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castenada

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Adversity – Arthur Golden

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” – Arthur Golden

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Trust your instincts – Brian Koslow

“Be willing to trust your instincts, especially if you cannot find answers elsewhere.” – Brian Koslow

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Jaundiced – Alexander Pope

“All looks yellow to a jaundiced eye.” – Alexander Pope

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Do not blame the wind – Kahlil Gibran

“If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.” – Kahlil Gibran

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The wind – Arlene Blum

“You never conquer a mountain. You stand on the summit a few moments; then the wind blows your footprints away.” – Arlene Blum

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The innocent and the beautiful – William Butler Yeats

“The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.” – William Butler Yeats

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Love – William Blake

“Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.” ― William Blake

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Downright moron – H.L. Mencken

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be …

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Illumination – David Ogilvy

“I notice increasing reluctance on the part of marketing executives to use judgment; they are coming to rely too much on research, and they use it as a drunkard uses a lamp post: for support, rather than for illumination.” – David Ogilvy

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It’s called – Very Grumpy Cat

“It’s called fuck off and it’s located over there.” – Very Grumpy Cat ‏@VeryGrumpyCat

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Two parties ― Jon Stewart

“The Republican party is the party of nostalgia. It seeks to return America to a simpler, more innocent and moral past that never actually existed. The Democrats are utopians. They seek to create an America so fair and non-judgmental that life becomes an unbearable …

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Eight kinds of coke – Jon Stewart

“I’m anti political parties. I don’t understand how in a country of 200 million voters, we only have two political parties. We have eight kinds of coke, but only two political parties” – Jon Stewart

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True self – Julian Baggini

“Your true self, in part you discover, in part you create.” – Julian Baggini

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Before the room was dark – Muhammad Ali

“I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.” – Muhammad Ali

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What we want to be – Max DePree

“We cannot become what we want to be, by remaining what we are”. – Max DePree

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Every generation – George Orwell

“Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” – George Orwell

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Meaning – Joseph Campbell

“What is the ‘meaning’ of a tree? of a butterfly? of the birth of a child? or of the universe? What is the ‘meaning’ of the song of the rushing stream? Such wonders simply are. They are antecedent to meaning, though ‘meanings’ may be …

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Broken – Unknown

“We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in.” – Unknown

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Fool – Roald Dahl

“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.” – Roald Dahl

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The way you behave – Jake Gyllenhaal

“The way you behave with everybody is more important than the work you do. Generosity, kindness, and patience will get you so far: that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned.” – Jake Gyllenhaal

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There is room – H. G. Wells

“My warmest wishes to you Joyce. I can’t follow your banner any more than you can follow mine. But the world is wide and there is room for both of us to be wrong.” – H. G. Wells

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Entertain the thought- Bo Burnham

“No one entertains the thought that maybe God does not believe in you.” – Bo Burnham

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Life – Albert Einstein

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

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Education – Helen Keller

“The highest result of education is tolerance.” – Helen Keller

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Yesterday – Khalil Gibran

“Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. Today, we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.” – Khalil Gibran

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Happy ending Gilda Radner

“I always wanted a happy ending… Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of …

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Infinite possibilities – Randall Munroe (xkcd)

“The infinite possibilities each day holds should stagger the mind. The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking, and I’m sitting here refreshing my inbox. We live in trapped loops, reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only …

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Forgiveness – C.S. Lewis

“Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” – C.S. Lewis

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Noisy crowd – Rabindranath Tagore

“Man goes into the noisy crowd to drown his own clamour of silence.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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Debates – John Stuart Mill

“In all intellectual debates, both sides tend to be correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny.” – John Stuart Mill

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Truth – Doug Gwyn

“Truth is not determined by majority vote.” – Doug Gwyn

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Surf – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Generosity and pride – Kahlil Gibran

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” – Kahlil Gibran

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Great affairs – Nicholas Chamfort

“In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are.” – Nicholas Chamfort

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Thinking – William James

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.” – William James

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Snowflake – Voltaire

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” – Voltaire

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Prejudices – Tryon Edwards

“Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic.” – Tryon Edwards

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Over-analyzing – Tupac

“You can spend, minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened – or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.” -Tupac

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Enough – William Blake

“You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.” – William Blake

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Look on the upside – Jimmy Carr

“I try to look on the upside. If you fixate on the worst-case scenario and it actually happens, you’ve lived it twice: once in your mind and once when it happens. Deal with it once, then move on.” – Jimmy Carr

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Technology – Max Frisch

“Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn’t have to experience it.” – Max Frisch

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Regret – Kierkegaard

“Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way. Laugh at the world’s foolishness, you will regret it; weep over it, you will regret that too; laugh at the world’s …

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Intelligent life – Bill Patterson

“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.” – Bill Patterson

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What people think of you – David Foster Wallace

“You will think a lot less about what people think of you when you realise how seldom they do.” – David Foster Wallace

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All wars – François Fénelon

“All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers” – François Fénelon

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I contain multitudes

“I contradict myself? Very well then; I am large, I contain multitudes.” – Walt Whitman

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Write drunk – Hemingway

“Write drunk; edit sober.” – Hemingway

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Reality is a Mirror – Unknown

“Reality is a Mirror. When we look upon something, we see it through preconceptions, memories, and opinions we have associated with the object. So, as we look upon the world, we see more of ourselves than the objects that inhabit the world.” – Unknown

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Time – Unknown

“Time doesn’t truly exist. We all live in the current moment and we forever will. The past is just ghosts and the future only fantasies. Tomorrow will never come.” – Unknown

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Patriotism – George Bernard Shaw

“Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Underestimated – Jean Kerr

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, then you may have underestimated the gravity of the situation.” – Jean Kerr

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You are a human being first

“You are a human being first. Before race, country or religion.” – Unknown

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Believe nothing – Buddha

“Believe nothing merely because you have been told it, or because it is tradition, or because you yourself have imagined it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for him. But whatever, after due examination and analysis, you find …

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Guided missiles and misguided men – Martin Luther King

“The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” – Martin Luther King

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Monopoly – Steven Wright

“I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.” – Steven Wright

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Bottom – Michel de Montaigne

“Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.” – Michel de Montaigne

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Think – HL Mencken

“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and …

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Universe – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with …

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Temptations – Alain de Botton

“We shouldn’t congratulate ourselves for resisting temptations we never felt in the first place.” – Alain de Botton

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Threesome – Unknown

“I don’t mean to brag, but I’m 2 girls away from a threesome.” – Unknown

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Regret – Alain de Botton

“Regret is the price we pay for choice.” – Alain de Botton

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Dangerous – Voltaire

“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” – Voltaire

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In the summer – Nizam Qabbani

“In the summer I stretch out on the shore And think of you. Had I told the sea What I felt for you, It would have left its shores, Its shells, Its fish, And followed me.” – Nizam Qabbani

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I cannot change the world – Martin Sheen

“I cannot change the world. The only one I can change is myself. If I change myself, come to some realization, grow a little bit, maybe that’s the measure of change in the world I can have. But otherwise it would be a reflection …

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Nobody was watching – Keith Jensen

“What Orwell failed to predict was that we’d buy the cameras ourselves, and that our biggest fear would be that nobody was watching.” – Keith Jensen

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Purpose – Mark Manson

“Discovering one’s “purpose” in life essentially boils down to finding those one or two things that are bigger than yourself, and bigger than those around you. And to find them you must get off your couch and act, and take the time to think …

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Fear and anxiety – Freud

The distinction between fear (a response to something proximate and present) and anxiety (a response to something anticipated and abstract) – Freud

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Cross of Iron – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is …

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Love – Martin Luther King, Jr

“I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out …

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No Viet Cong ever called me nigger – Muhammad Ali

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?…Man, I ain’t got …

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Salad – Unknown

“I’ve seen salad that can dress better then you.” – Unknown

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Burns and flies – C. JoyBell C.

“They say a good love is one that sits you down, gives you a drink of water, and pats you on top of the head. But I say a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you …

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Normal – Matt Haig

“There are several billion versions of normal on this planet.” – Matt Haig

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Reality- John Bradshaw

“To truly be committed to a life of honesty, love and discipline, we must be willing to commit ourselves to reality. ” – John Bradshaw

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A form of disguise – Mariella Frostrup

“I you look online what you get are anonymous trolls venting spleen and the sanitised, shiny, reconstructed lives of the Instagram generation. Neither polarity represents a realistic lifestyle choice and both are crude and empty forms of communication. It’s frightening to see how reduced …

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This world – Horace Walpole

“This world is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” – Horace Walpole

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Make them laugh – Oscar Wilde

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” – Oscar Wilde

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Expiry date – J.K. Rowling

“I do not blame my parents for their point of view. There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.” – J.K. Rowling

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Real obstacles – Bertrand Russell

“The real obstacles in life lie in the heart of man.” – Bertrand Russell

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Depressed – Gabrielle Roth

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by …

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Certainty – Ajahn Chah

“If you see certainty in that which is uncertain, you are bound to suffer” – Ajahn Chah

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I have found a truth – Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.” Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.” For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul …

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Loneliness – Unknown

“Loneliness isn’t a craving for just being with other people. It’s a craving for a kind of meaningful connection with other people. Without a meaningful connection, being with people can be a chore and it doesn’t help much for alleviating loneliness.” – Unknown

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Freedom from worries – Edwin Way Teale

“Freedom from worries and surcease from strain are illusions that always inhabit the distance.” – Edwin Way Teale

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Understands – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully. “Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.” “And he has Brain.” “Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.” There was a long silence. “I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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Bitterness – Alain de Botton

“Bitterness: anger that forgot where it came from.” – Alain de Botton

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Knowledge of the facts – Unknown

“It is always difficult to win an argument with someone who is not handicapped by a knowledge of the facts.” – Unknown

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Love is – Augustine

“Love is the beauty of the soul.” – Augustine

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Intelligence – Albert Einstein

“The measure of measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – Albert Einstein

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Veneer of noise – John Lahr

“Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.” – John Lahr

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The worst enemy – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The worst enemy you can’t meet, will you yourself always be.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Value – Unknown

“Value, not prices. Experiences, not products. Outcomes, not processes.” – Unknown

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Imagine it – William Arthur Ward

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

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Separation – Kahlil Gibran

”Ever has it been that love knows not it’s depth until the hour of separation.” – Kahlil Gibran.

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Ugly – Unknown

“Your portraits are so ugly they hang themselves.” – Unknown

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Pessimism – R. Brezsny

“Pessimism is enshrined as a hallmark of worldliness. Compulsive skepticism masquerades as perceptiveness. Mean- spirited irony is chic. Stories about treachery and degradation provoke a visceral thrill in millions of people who think of themselves as reasonable and smart. Beautiful truths are suspect and …

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Affliction – Naguib Mahfouz

“It’s a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind.” – Naguib Mahfouz

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Invincible summer – Albert Camus

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

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Be humble – Serbian Proverb

“Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars”. – Serbian Proverb

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Happiness – Dalai Lama

“We think that if we have health and wealth they’re enough to be happy, but actually happiness depends on the state of our minds.” – Dalai Lama

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Solve a problem – Isaac Asimov

“The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” – Isaac Asimov

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Understand – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Can a man who’s warm understand one who’s freezing?” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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If only – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who …

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Power of the imagination – J.G. Ballard

“I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.” – J.G. Ballard

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Stand out – Oliver James

“Why are trying so hard to fit in, when you’re born to stand out.” – Oliver James

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Take a chance – Jim Carrey

“So many of us chose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him. So, he made a conservative choice and instead he got a job as an …

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Thank you – William Arthur Ward

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’” – William Arthur Ward

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Commitment – Mark Manson

“In many ways, commitment provides one with more freedom than non-commitment. And that doesn’t just go for relationships.” – Mark Manson

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Scientists – Yuval Noah Harari

“Scientists generally agree that no theory is 100 percent correct. Thus, the real test of knowledge is not truth, but utility. Science gives us power. The more useful that power, the better the science.” – Yuval Noah Harari

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Real life – Oscar Wilde

”One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead” – Oscar Wilde

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Tree – Unknown

“Somewhere out there there’s a tree working very hard to produce oxygen so that you can breathe. I think you should go and apologise to it.” – Unknown

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Tired of their own bullshit – Elizabeth Gilbert

”I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Losing – Muhammad Ali

“I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.” – Muhammad Ali

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Models – George Box

“All models are wrong, some are useful.” – George Box

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Story – Mary Lou Kownacki

“There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story. ” – Mary Lou Kownacki

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Magic things – William Butler Yeats

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – William Butler Yeats

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The fight is won or lost – Muhammad Ali

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” – Muhammad Ali

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Exaggerate – Honoré de Balzac

“We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.” – Honoré de Balzac

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See – James Joyce

“Shut your eyes and see.” – James Joyce

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Bullshit – Elizabeth Gilbert

”I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eaten up by nothing – Charles Bukowski

“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” – Charles Bukowski

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Truth – William Blake

“When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.” – William Blake

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Strength – Sons of Anarchy

“There’s an old saying – that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I don’t believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things, your family, your friends, the satisfaction of …

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Engaged – Twitter

“What do you care about?” Is one of the best questions to get people engaged. What are you most excited about right now’, then ‘why?’, uncovers values – Twitter

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Shining – Anne Lamott

“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” – Anne Lamott

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Nothing happens – Vladimir Lenin

“There are decades when nothing happens. There are weeks where decades happen” -Vladimir Lenin

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Anti-intellectualism – Isaac Asimov

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” –  Isaac Asimov

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Recommending a person – Unknown

“Seeing someone reading a book you love is seeing a book recommending a person” – Unknown

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Expect better – Jeph Jacques

“You ought to expect better of people. It encourages you to be a better person yourself. ” – Jeph Jacques

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Remember this – Gregory Maguire

“Remember this: Nothing is written in the stars. Not these stars, nor any others. No one controls your destiny. ” – Gregory Maguire

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Eloquence – David Hume

“Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections.” – David Hume

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A perspective – Marcus Aurelius

“Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Choose – Dalai Lama XIV

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama XIV

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Perfectionism – Brené Brown

“When perfectionism is driving, shame is always riding shotgun and fear is the annoying backseat driver” – Brené Brown

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Take sides – Elie Wiesel

“Whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel

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Beyond speech – Joseph Campbell

“Significant images render insights beyond speech, beyond the kinds of meaning speech defines. And if they do not speak to you, that is because you are not ready for them, and words will only serve to make you think you have understood, thus cutting …

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Pull yourself together – Unknown

“Your car is German. Your vodka is Russian. Your pizza is Italian. Your kebab is Turkish. Your democracy is Greek. Your coffee is Brazilian. Your movies are American. Your tea is Tamil. Your shirt is Indian. Your oil is Saudi Arabian. Your electronics are …

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Democracy – Winston Churchill

“The best argument against Democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” – Winston Churchill

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That is life – Jean Luc Picard

“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life.” – Jean Luc Picard

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You are – Carl Jung

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” – Carl Jung

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True friends – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

“You will know who your true friends are when you get sick or distressed. If one you thought was your friend keeps his distance from you during trying times then he should be considered a coward.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

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The world – Bill Hicks

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and …

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Cynicism – Caitlin Moran

“Cynicism is like an armour – it will, initially, protect you. But you cannot grow in armour, you cannot dance in armour” – Caitlin Moran

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Dream – Octavio Paz

“Deserve your dream.” – Octavio Paz

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Hate – Brendan Cox

Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous – Brendan Cox

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Cakes are healthy – Mary Berry

“Cakes are healthy too, you just eat a small slice” – Mary Berry

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Being exhaustive – Dustin Moskovitz

“Common communication mistake: people bias towards being exhaustive/complete rather than clear about what is most important.” – Dustin Moskovitz

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Passion – Mark Manson

“Passion is the result of action, not the cause of it.” – Mark Manson

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Psychological foxhole – Parker Palmer

“Not knowing who or what we are dealing with and feeling unsafe, we hunker down in a psychological foxhole and withhold the investment of our energy, commitment, and gifts… The perceived incongruity of inner and outer-the inauthenticity that we sense in others, or they …

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Be the flame – Giacomo Casanova

“Be the flame, not the moth.” – Giacomo Casanova

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Who am I – Ming Di Liu

“Who am I”, you ask? I am made from all the people I’ve encountered and all the things I have experienced. Inside, I hold the laughter of my friends, the arguments with my parents, the chattering of young children, the warmth of kind strangers. …

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Today ― Dalai Lama XIV

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

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Trust – Frank Crane

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.” – Frank Crane

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True love – Alex Grey

“True love is when two people’s pathologies complement one another’s.” – Alex Grey

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The realist – William Arthur Ward

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

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I’m bored – Louis C.K.

You live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless. The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say “I’m bored.” – Louis C.K.

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Impossible – Muhammad Ali

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not …

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Fear & regret – Unknown

“Fear is temporary, regret is forever.” – Unknown

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The great teacher – William Arthur Ward

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

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Wise are they – William Arthur Ward

“Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube. – William Arthur Ward

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A good friend – Unknown

“A good friend can see you through a failure, but a great friend can see you through a success.” – Unknown

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Champions – Muhammad Ali

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But …

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Love is – Victor Hugo

“Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when …

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Forgiveness – Lily Tomlin

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past” – Lily Tomlin

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My course – Dante Alighieri

“My course is set for an uncharted sea.” – Dante Alighieri

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Doctor doctor

A man walks into a doctor’s office, sits down and says “Now doctor, this may sound kind of strange, but I have five penises” The doctor, taken aback asks him “My god, well how do your pants fit?” To which the man replies “Like …

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Birds scream – Kurt Cobain

“Birds scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth, but sadly we don’t speak bird.” – Kurt Cobain

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Fundamentalism – Jin-roh

“Fundamentalism has nothing to do with religion. It’s particular way of thinking, speaking, and behaving. It has more to do with the how and why someone holds an idea and how they regard people who don’t share their ideas, than the ideas themselves.” – …

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You’re something – Elizabeth Barrett Browning- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“You’re something between a dream and a miracle.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Immortality – Susan Ertz

“Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” -Susan Ertz

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Values – Mark Manson

“When people feel like they have no sense of direction, no purpose in their life, it’s because they don’t know what’s important to them, they don’t know what their values are. And when you don’t know what your values are, then you’re essentially taking …

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Mobile device – Renny Gleeson

“When you’re standing with someone and you’re on your mobile device, what you’re saying to them is, ‘You are not as important as, literally, anything that could come to me through this device.’” – Renny Gleeson

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Saying yes – Stephen Colbert

“Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism …

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My course is set – Dante Alighieri

“My course is set for an uncharted sea.” – Dante Alighieri

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Data authenticity – Norman R. Augustine

“Law Number XXXV: The weaker the data available upon which to base one’s conclusion, the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity.” – Norman R. Augustine

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Value silence – John Lahr

“Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.” – John Lahr

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The spirit walks – Alexis de Tocqueville

“When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

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Who ought to be boss – Henry Ford

“The question “Who ought to be boss?” is like as “Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?” Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.” – Henry Ford

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This is what you must be like – Ben Okri

“This is what you must be like. Grow wherever life puts you down.” – Ben Okri

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Take my hands – ‏@selfmyths

“Take my hands in your hands and put them where you want my memory to be.” – Kim ‏@selfmyths

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The internet – Alain de Botton

“The internet to this generation of writers as alcohol was to previous ones: anxiety suppressant, enemy of talent, challenge.” – Alain de Botton

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Life understood – Soren Kierkegaard

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard

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Fishing – Henry David Thoreau

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Life has no warning – ‏@beehives

“Life has no warning and love has no reason.” – Bean toad ‏@beehivesy twitter

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Denial – Jonathan Cainer

“Denial is a side-effect of cowardice. Consciousness requires courage. When we are afraid to deal with an issue, we try to pretend it doesn’t exist. That’s particularly convenient when we don’t know what to do. Ignore it, we figure, and maybe it will go …

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Nationalism – Albert Einstein

“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” – Albert Einstein

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You’re still mouthing the same nonsense – Wilhelm Reich

“Because you have no memory for things that happened ten or twenty years ago, you’re still mouthing the same nonsense as two thousand years ago. Worse, you cling with might and main to such absurdities as ‘race,’ ‘class,’ ‘nation,’ and the obligation to observe …

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Patriotism is – George Bernard Shaw

“Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it….” ― George Bernard Shaw

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Anxiety – Soren Kierkegaard

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” – Soren Kierkegaard

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If it’s still in your mind – Paulo Coelho

“If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk.” – Paulo Coelho

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Friction in couples – Alain de Botton

“Friction in couples much reduced with an a priori recognition that no one is ever just ‘mean’ or Not Nice. They are hurt. For reasons.” – Alain de Botton

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He who has a why – Nietzsche

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Nietzsche

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The good life – Bertrand Russell

“The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell

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Tone – Darkandbrooding

“Tone is difficult to convey via the written word, and there is a tendency for the mind to supply it when reading. Read the parent paragraph aloud, and play with the inflection of key words. Your initial tonal interpretation was one of many possibilities.” …

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After something happens to you – Sylvia Plath

“After something happens to you, you either over dramatize it or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones.” – Sylvia Plath

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The highest and most beautiful things in life – Soren Kierkegaard

“The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen, but are to be lived.” – Soren Kierkegaard

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A good writer – Isaac Bashevis Singer

“A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Attitude – Charles Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think …

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All kinds of love – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Disorder and injustice – William Sloane Coffin

“People who fear disorder more than injustice will only produce more of both.” – William Sloane Coffin

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Pirate pee – cluedont @cluedont

“I once took the pee out of a pirate. He was furious!” – cluedont @cluedont

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Message of the stars – Edwin Way Teale

“It is easier to accept the message of the stars than the message of the salt desert. The stars speak of man’s insignificance in the long eternity of time; the deserts speak of his insignificance right now.” – Edwin Way Teale

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See the ordinary as extraordinary – Novalis

“To romanticize the world is to make us aware of the magic, mystery and wonder of the world; it is to educate the senses to see the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the mundane as sacred, the finite as infinite.” – Novalis

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Romance – Margaret Atwood

“Romance takes place in the middle distance. Romance is looking in at yourself through a window clouded with dew. Romance means leaving things out: where life grunts and shuffles, romance only sighs.” – Margaret Atwood

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When wireless is perfectly applied – Nikola Tesla

“When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance.” – …

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Live in each season as it passes – Henry David Thoreau

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each. Grow green with the spring, yellow and ripe with autumn.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Rider of life – Hafiz

“There is an ambush everywhere from the army of accidents; therefore the rider of life runs with loosened reins.” – Hafiz

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Campaign – Mario Cuomo

“You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.” (Dialectic vs Rhetoric) – Mario Cuomo

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Responsible – Unknown

“No single raindrop believes it is responsible for the flood. No single snowflake believes it’s responsible for the avalanche.” – Unknown

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Ideas – Mary McCarthy

“In a certain sense, the ideas are the villains and the people their hapless victims.” – Mary McCarthy

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Putting things where they don’t belong – Chris Rock

“I am constantly putting things where they don’t belong, like the cereal in the fridge, or my keys in the laundry, or my faith in other people.” – Chris Rock

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My reality – Sylvia Plath ‏

“I am constructing my reality with unreal, otherworldly materials. It is almost poetic; this outstanding self-manipulation.” – Sylvia Plath ‏

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Honest friendship – Mariella Frostrup

“Bear in mind that a dishonest friendship isn’t worthy of further investment while an honest one offers a refuge for life.” – Mariella Frostrup

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Hope – Alexander Pope

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” – Alexander Pope

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Your life is not a character arc – Winston Rowntree

“Like everyone else, you’ve probably grown up watching a lot of movies, and the thing about movies is that the stories that offer the most escapism by nature give you the least accurate picture of the real world. Lacking are the movies about how …

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The right person – Erich Fromm

“The man who waits for the right person to come along can be compared to the man who wants to paint but who, instead, of learning the art, claims that he has just to wait for the right object, and that he will paint …

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Be confused – Milton H. Ericsson

“Until you are willing to be confused about what you already know, what you know will never grow bigger, better, or more useful.” – Milton H. Ericsson

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Attention – Simone Weil

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” – Simone Weil

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Step backwards – Unknown

“When you’re at the edge of a cliff, sometimes progress is a step backwards.” – Unknown

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Understanding of ourselves – Carl Jung

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

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Oh dear

“A man walks into a doctor’s office, sits down and says “Now doctor, this may sound kind of strange, but I have five penises” The doctor, taken aback asks him “My god, well how do your pants fit?” To which the man replies “Like …

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A man – Baltasar Gracian

“At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, and at eighty nothing.” – Baltasar Gracian

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We need each other – Patch Adams

“We need each other, deeper than anyone ever dares to admit even to themselves. I think it is a genetic imperative that we huddle together and hold on to each other. There is no question in my mind that there is nothing else in …

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We know too much – Bertrand Russell

“We know too much and feel too little.” – Bertrand Russell

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Bitterness – Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

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Good corn – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.” – …

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All models are wrong – George Box

“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.” – George Box

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Every Day You Play – Pablo Neruda

Every Day You Play Every day you play with the light of the universe. Subtle visitor, you arrive in the flower and the water. You are more than this white head that I hold tightly as a cluster of fruit, every day, between my …

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Basic principles – Sylvia Plath ‏

“There is a unique rightness and beauty to life which can be shared in openness with a human being who believes in the same basic principles.” – Sylvia Plath ‏

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The sword – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the spirit.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

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True projects – Unknown

Actual Cost = Projected Cost × 10 Actual Sales = Projected Sales / 10 Actual Time = Projected Time × 20 – Unknown

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Strengthen – Dalai Lama

“We need to strengthen such inner values as contentment, patience and tolerance, as well as compassion for others.” – Dalai Lama

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Forgive – Alexander Pope

“Good nature and good sense must ever join; To err is human, to forgive divine.” – Alexander Pope

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Power – John Stuart Mill

“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.” – John Stuart Mill

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Death – Unknown

“There reaches a point though that human beings are simply not capable of understanding the sheer horror of what is going on elsewhere in the world. Joseph Stalin said it best when he said, ” One death is a tragedy, a million is a …

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Being realistic – Will Smith

“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled path to mediocrity.” – Will Smith

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Things that make me different – A.A. Milne

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.” –  A.A. Milne

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Pigs get fat – Mark Cuban

“Pigs get fat; hogs get slaughtered.” – Mark Cuban

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Offensive – Nora Ephron

“I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.” – Nora Ephron

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Realities of life – Sharon Pollock

“I always say that the realities of life are the flour and eggs and vanilla a playwright puts into the cake that she’s baking. And when it’s all finished, who can taste the flour and eggs and vanilla anymore? It’s all about the cake …

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Cake – Donald E. Westlake

“Nobody gets everything in this life. You decide your priorities and you make your choices. I’d decided long ago that any cake I had would be eaten.” – Donald E. Westlake

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More opportunity – Thomas Edison

“There is far more opportunity than there is ability.” – Thomas Edison

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Love forever – Euripides

“He is not a lover who does not love forever.” – Euripides

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Thought forms in the soul – Joseph Joubert

“Thought forms in the soul in the same way clouds form in the air.” – Joseph Joubert

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Conscience – Harper Lee

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” – Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

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Out of focus – Mark Twain

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain

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Real courage – Harper Lee

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter …

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Robs Peter to pay Paul – George Bernard Shaw

“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Tyranny – Thomas Jefferson

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson

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Success – Woody Allen

“Eighty percent of success is showing up” – Woody Allen

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Man is his own star – Epilogue to Beaumont and Fletcher’s Honest Man’s Fortune

“Man is his own star; and the soul that can Render an honest and a perfect man, Commands all light, all influence, all fate; Nothing to him falls early or too late. Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows …

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Lemons – James Martin

“If life gives you lemons, sell lemons. You got them free, so will make a profit without the laborious process of making lemonade.” – James Martin

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If I agreed – Unknown

“If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong.” – Unknown

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Voting – Mark Twain

“If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” – Mark Twain

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Archetypal mother – Marcia Muller

“She was the archetypal selfless mother: living only for her children, sheltering them from the consequences of their actions, and in the end doing them irreparable harm.” – Marcia Muller

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Politics – Groucho Marx

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” – Groucho Marx

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Be a comedian – Bob Monkhouse

“I told them I wanted to be a comedian, and they laughed; I became a comedian, no one’s laughing now” – Bob Monkhouse

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Facts – Charles F. Kettering

“A problem thoroughly understood is always fairly simple. Found your opinions on facts, not prejudices. We know too many things that are not true.” – Charles F. Kettering

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Reality – Søren Kierkegaard

“Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.” – Søren Kierkegaard

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Sixty seconds – Rich Guzzi

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness!” – Rich Guzzi

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Fix it – Jeff Atwood

“If it takes more effort to complain about something than fix it, just frigging fix it.” – Jeff Atwood

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Promise me – A.A. Milne

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne

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Assumptions – Isaac Asimov

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov

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Cheaply – John Ruskin

“There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey.” – John Ruskin

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Let go – Lao Tzu

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

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A head full of – Unknown

“A head full of fears has no space for dreams.” – Unknown

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Mile in your shoes – Sundeep Sidhu

“I just walked a mile in your shoes to see what you’re really like. Turns out you’re out of shape.” – Sundeep Sidhu

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Walk a mile – Billy Connolly

“Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares? He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes!” – Billy Connolly

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You make the unconscious conscious – Carl Jung

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung

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Big girls don’t cry – VeryGrumpyCat

“Big girls don’t cry… They eat.” – @VeryGrumpyCat

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Sorrow – Sophie Heywood

“Don’t borrow sorrow from tomorrow.” – Sophie Heywood

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Insults – J.R Lynes

“If you can’t ignore an insult, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh it off; and if you can’t laugh it off, it’s probably deserved.” – J.R Lynes

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The best people – Ernest Hemingway

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable: they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” – Ernest Hemingway

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Stop making excuses – Mr. T

“Stop making excuses. Excuses are blocks of stones which Fools build monuments of nothing.” – Mr. T

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All I have ever touched – Sylvia Plath ‏

“All I have ever touched or said to others becomes only the rehearsal for you, and preserved only for this.” – Sylvia Plath ‏

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Flash – DeepandMeaningless

“You’re all flash and no pan”. – DeepandMeaningless

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God – Viktor E. Frankl

“If there is a God, He will have to beg my forgiveness.” – Viktor E. Frankl

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Ingenuity – General George Smith Patton, Jr.

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – General George Smith Patton, Jr.

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Worry – William Ralph Inge

“Worry is the interest paid on trouble before it is even due” – William Ralph Inge

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Genius – Robert Green Ingersoll

“In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

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Guys and girls – Chris Rock ‏

“Guys communicate by insulting each other, but don’t really mean it. Girls communicate by complimenting each other, but don’t really mean it.” – Chris Rock ‏

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Love – Mark vernon

“Love is made in the gritty ups and downs of being with someone who is as flawed as you.” – Mark vernon

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We met for a reason – Frank Ocean

“We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson” – Frank Ocean

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Every time I thought of you – ‏@VeryGrumpyCat

“If I had a dollar for every time I thought about you, I would start thinking about you.” – ‏@VeryGrumpyCat

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Present moment – Milan Kundera

“There would seem to be nothing more obvious, more tangible and palpable than the present moment. And yet it eludes us completely” – Milan Kundera

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Someone doing it – Harry Emerson Fosdick

“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

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Police state – Unknown

“Want to know what living in a police state looks like? Travel through an airport…” – Unknown

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Lurid third interval – Sylvia Plath

“I had the impression it wasn’t night or day, but some lurid third interval that had suddenly slipped between them and would never end.” – Sylvia Plath ‏

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Twinkle twinkle – @VeryGrumpyCat

“Twinkle twinkle little star, I want to hit you with my car.” – @VeryGrumpyCat

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Beauty – Kahlil Gibran

“Beauty is a light in the heart” – Kahlil Gibran

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World of illusion – Alan Watts

“A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion.” – Alan Watts

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Kick the person responsible – Theodore Roosevelt

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Birds scream – Kurt Cobain

“Birds scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth, but sadly we don’t speak bird.” – Kurt Cobain

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Kindness – Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop

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Present – Mahatma Gandhi

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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We are meant to shine – Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who …

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The greatest stories – Ben Okra

The greatest stories are those that resonate our beginnings and intuit our endings, our mysterious origins and our numinous destinies, and dissolve them both into one. – Ben Okra

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Live presently – Unknown

“The future belongs to those who live intensely in the present.” – Unknown

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Heaven – Fra Giovanni

“No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future that is not hidden in his present moment. Take peace! The gloom of this world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within …

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Surround yourself – Edmund Lee

Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself. – Edmund Lee

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Meaning – Stephen King

“The most importants things are the hardest to say because words diminish their meaning.” – Stephen King

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Learn, live, hope – Albert Einstein

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” ― Albert Einstein

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Gift – Pierre Corneille

The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift. – Pierre Corneille

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Giving – Baltasar Gracian

The great art of giving consists in this: The gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated. – Baltasar Gracian

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Decide – Unknown

“Decide based on love and not fear.” – Unknown

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Photographer – Walker Evans

“Whether he is an artist or not, the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.” – Walker Evans

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Scared or brave – Emma Donoghue

“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.” – Emma Donoghue

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Party or tragedy – Nora Roberts

“Some things in life are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy.” – Nora Roberts

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Learn to love questions – M. Rainer Rilke

“Learn to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms, like tappings behind dark glass.” – M. Rainer Rilke

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Choose one’s own way – Viktor E. Frankl

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man …

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Read books – Aristotle

“The happy life is the contemplative life. If you can read books and enjoy doing nothing, you can always be happy.” – Aristotle

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Women of colour – Viola Davis

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity” – Viola Davis

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Suffering – Charles Dickens

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” – Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)

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The present – Robert Green Ingersoll

“The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

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Dyslexia – James Martin

Dyslexia is a right pain in the ears. – James Martin ‏@pundementalism

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Close some doors – Paulo Coelho

“Close some doors today. not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere” – Paulo Coelho

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Result – T. Harv Eker

‎”Money is a result, wealth is a result, health is a result, illness is a result, your weight is a result. We live in a world of cause and effect.” – T. Harv Eker

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Invictus – William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My …

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I am – Carl Jung

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung

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Good terms – Honoré de Balzac

“Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.” Honoré de Balzac

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Politician – Edward R. Murrow

“The politician is … trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.” – Edward R. Murrow

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Forgetting – Pablo Neruda

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” – Pablo Neruda

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Four seasons – Edna St. Vincent Millay

“I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

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The soul – Daniel Defoe

“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.” – Daniel Defoe

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Believe – André Gide

“Believe those who seek the truth. Doubt those who find it.” – André Gide

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Women and Men – Daphne du Maurier

“Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story.” – Daphne du Maurier

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We are – Gwendolyn Brooks

“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

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Fated – Nikolai Gogol

“I am fated to journey hand in hand with my strange heroes and to survey the surging immensity of life, to survey it through the laughter that all can see and through the tears unseen and unknown by anyone.” – Nikolai Gogol

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Relive your life – Stewart O’Nan

“You couldn’t relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole–like the world, or the person you loved.” – Stewart O’Nan

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The carried the sky – Tim O’Brien

“They carried the sky. The whole atmosphere, they carried it, the humidity, the monsoons, the stink of fungus and decay, all of it, they carried gravity.” – Tim O’Brien

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Looking back – Kiran Desai

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” – Kiran Desai

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Soul – Zora Neale Hurston

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston

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Open mind – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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The Eskimo – Margaret Atwood

“The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.” – Margaret Atwood

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The universe – Marcus Aurelius

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Words – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“For words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Bird – Hans Christian Andersen

“When the bird of the heart begins to sing, too often will reason stop up her ears.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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Execution of ideas – Sue Grafton

“Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.” – Sue Grafton

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Courage – William Faulkner

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner

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Undone – Pablo Picasso

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” – Pablo Picasso

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Good traveller – Laozi

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving”. – Laozi

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To argue – Robert Green Ingersoll

“To argue with a man who has renounced his reason is like giving medicine to the dead.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

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Beauty – Anne Frank

“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.” – Anne Frank

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Grow – Ben Okri

“This is what you must be like. Grow wherever life puts you down.” – Ben Okri

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Imaginary brightness – James Fenimore Cooper

“History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.” – James Fenimore Cooper

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A poem – Robert Frost

“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” – Robert Frost

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Italics – Henry James

“She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.” – Henry James

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Rock – Barbara Kingsolver

“She kept swimming out into life because she hadn’t yet found a rock to stand on.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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Get better – Haruki Murakami

“What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.” – Haruki Murakami

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Years of struggle – Sigmund Freud

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud

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Care too much – A.A. Milne

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” – A.A. Milne

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Happiness – Orhan Pamuk

“Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.” – Orhan Pamuk

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Infinite – William Blake

“If a thing loves, it is infinite.” – William Blake

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Spiritual growth – Mary Austin

“We are not all born at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later… Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth.” – Mary Austin

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Melancholy – Italo Calvino

“Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness.” – Italo Calvino

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Turn the glass – Jonathan Kellerman

“Life is like a prism. What you see depends on how you turn the glass.” – Jonathan Kellerman

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Surroundings – Robert Green Ingersoll

“For the most part we inherit our opinions. We are the heirs of habits and mental customs. Our beliefs, like the fashion of our garments, depend on where we were born. We are molded and fashioned by our surroundings. – Robert Green Ingersoll

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Memory – Guy de Maupassant

“Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist.” – Guy de Maupassant

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Like and love – Unknown

“What is the difference between “I like you” and “I love you”? The answer is simple. When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.” – Unknown

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First principle – Richard Feynman

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” – Richard Feynman

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Spark of unhappiness – Tom Perrotta

“Maybe that’s what we look for in the people we love, the spark of unhappiness we think we know how to extinguish.” – Tom Perrotta

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Beautiful stuff – Ray Bradbury

“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” – Ray Bradbury

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Try – James Clear

“Try things until something comes easily.” – James Clear

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Time – Blaise Pascal

“If I had more time, I would have written you a shorter letter.” – Blaise Pascal

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Life is a mirror – William Makepeace Thackeray

“Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.” – William Makepeace Thackeray

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More questions – James Altucher

The more questions you ask: A) The more you learn B) The less opportunities you have for sounding stupid. Facts are stupid. Questions are smart, even if they sound stupid. C) The more vulnerable the other person becomes. Vulnerability for two million years was …

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Computers – Marshall McLuhan

“Computers can do better than ever what needn’t be done at all. Making sense is still a human monopoly.” – Marshall McLuhan

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Lies – V.S. Naipaul

“The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.” – V.S. Naipaul

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Male yardstick – Sophia Loren

“I have my own peculiar yardstick for measuring a man: Does he have the courage to cry in a moment of grief? Does he have the compassion not to hunt an animal? In his relationship with a woman, is he gentle? Real manliness is …

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Time machines – H.G. Wells

“We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories…And those that carry us forward, are dreams.” – H.G. Wells

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A poem – Robert Frost

“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” – Robert Frost

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Laughter of the gods – Albert Einstein

“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.” – Albert Einstein

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Gratitude – John F. Kennedy

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

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Success – Mae West

“She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success, wrong by wrong.” – Mae West

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Kiss – Percy Bysshe Shelley

“The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?” – Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Life – Ibn-e-Safi

“Life is just action and reaction, rationalizations are added later on.” – Ibn-e-Safi

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Money – James Altucher

“Money is a side effect of trying to help others. Trying to solve problems. Trying to move beyond the “good enough”. – James Altucher

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Hallucination – Ward Moore

“Why should you believe your eyes? You were given eyes to see with, not to believe with. Your eyes can see the mirage, the hallucination as easily as the actual scenery.” – Ward Moore

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Gratitude – James Clear

“Gratitude is not just about what we say, but how we live. And so it true for all of life.” – James Clear

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Reality – Alex Haley

“Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.” – Alex Haley

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Matter – Katherine Boo

“Much of what was said did not matter, and that much of what mattered could not be said.” – Katherine Boo

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Knowledge – William Blake

“Knowledge is Life with wings” ― William Blake

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Free women – Robert Green Ingersoll

“There will never be a generation of great men until there has been a generation of free women.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

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Teach – Aristotle

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.” – Aristotle

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Character – Stendhal

“One can acquire everything in solitude except character.” – Stendhal

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Truth – Sadhguru

“Truth is not for comfort – it’s for liberation. It’s not a medicine – it’s a killer.” – Sadhguru

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Soul – Irvine Welsh

“You can’t lie to your soul.” – Irvine Welsh

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You are already naked – Steve Jobs

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs

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Eloquent speech – William Jennings Bryan

“Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.” – William Jennings Bryan

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Be a student – Jim Rohn

“Be a student, not a follower. Don’t just go do what someone says. Take interest in what someone says, then debate it, ponder it and consider it from all angles.” – Jim Rohn

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Knowledge – William Blake

“Knowledge is Life with wings” – William Blake

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Flags – Wanda the Owl

“You know, it’s funny; when you look at someone through rose-colored glasses, all the red flags just look like flags.” – Wanda the Owl, BoJack Horseman

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Truth and facts – Maya Angelou

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.” ― Maya Angelou

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Believe – Maya Angelou

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” – Maya Angelou

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Needy – John Bowlby

“We’re only as needy as our unmet needs.” – John Bowlby

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Frank criticism – Michel de Montaigne

“We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly; and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship; for to undertake to wound or offend …

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Attempt the absurd – Miguel de Cervantes

“In order to attain the impossible one must attempt the absurd.” – Miguel de Cervantes

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Live – J.K Rowling

“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K Rowling

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Progress – George Bernard Shaw

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Impossible – Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until its done” – Nelson Mandela

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Washington – John F. Kennedy,

“Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.” – John F. Kennedy,

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Leadership – Grace Hopper

“You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.” – Grace Hopper

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One small candle – Robert Alden

“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle” – Robert Alden

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Wounds kissed – Amrit Sagoo

“You don’t need another Human Being to make your life complete, but let’s be honest. Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul, but cracks to put their love into, is the most calming thing In this …

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Keep on knocking – Rumi

“Keep on knocking ’til the joy inside opens a window look to see who’s there…” – Rumi

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Opportunity – Scott West

“If fair existed than opportunity wouldn’t exist” – Scott West

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Pay close attention – Anonymous

“If you pay close enough attention, people will show you who they really are. When they do, believe them.” – Anonymous

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Yearn for the vast and endless sea – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Truth – Spurgeon

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its boots on.” – Spurgeon

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Everybody has a plan – Mike Tyson

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

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Mind struggle – Mike Singer

“Everyone’s mind struggle seems to be, what do I need to do to be ok, and what does everyone else need to do for me to be ok, becomes the struggle of your life…” – Mike Singer

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Selective reality – Bill Watterson

“It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.” – Bill Watterson

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Tough experience – Graham Bower

“A tough experience is not necessarily a bad experience. The belief that we should avoid any kind of suffering and instead seek an easy life filled with short-term pleasures is what stops us from achieving our goals.” – Graham Bower

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Chemical reaction – Carl Jung

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Jung

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Infinity in the palm of your hand – William Blake

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.” – William Blake

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Drama – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Avoid providing material for the drama that is always stretched tight between parents and children; it uses up much of the children’s strength and wastes the love of the elders, which acts and warms even if it doesn’t comprehend. Don’t ask for advice from …

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Life is just a highway – Jim Steinman

“If life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car; And objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are.” – Jim Steinman

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Solitude – Rainer Maria Rilke

“But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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Truth of their hearts – Sylvester Stallone

“I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.” – Sylvester Stallone

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Sliced bread – George Carlin

“What was the best thing before sliced bread?” – George Carlin

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Pizza – Yogi Berra

“You better cut the pizza into four slices, because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” – Yogi Berra

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Knowledge – Heinz R. Pagels

“Information is just signs and numbers, while knowledge involves their meaning. What we want is knowledge, but what we get is information.” – Heinz R. Pagels

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Illumination – Andrew Lang

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts – for support rather than for illumination.” – Andrew Lang

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No barriers – J. Robert Oppenheimer

“There must be no barriers for freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any asssertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.” – J. …

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Tiny threads – Simone Signoret

“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.” – Simone Signoret

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Incompatible – George Levinger

“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.” – George Levinger

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Spoon feeding – E.M. Forster

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” – E.M. Forster

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Worst misfortunes – Honoré de Balzac

“Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.” – Honoré de Balzac

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Difficulty – Edward R. Murrow

“Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.” – Edward R. Murrow

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Slogans – Edward R. Murrow

“One major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.” – Edward R. Murrow

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Silence and darkness – Hellen Keller

“I, who have never heard a sound, tell you there is no silence, and I, who have never seen a ray of light, tell you there is no darkness.” – Hellen Keller

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Cage – Franz Kafka

“I am a cage, in search of a bird.” – Franz Kafka

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Accept it whole – Stewart O’Nan

“You couldn’t relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole – like the world, or the person you loved.” – Stewart O’Nan

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Each other’s magnitude – Gwendolyn Brooks

“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

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Learning things – Terry Pratchett

“If you trust in yourself…and believe in your dreams…and follow your star… you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.” – Terry Pratchett

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Start over – Chico Xavier

“‎Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning… Anyone can start over and make a new ending.” – Chico Xavier

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Life – Anita Desai

“Isn’t it strange how life won’t flow, like a river, but moves in jumps, as if it were held back by locks that are opened now and then to let it jump forwards in a kind of flood?” – Anita Desai

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Imperfect – Tom Stoppard

“No matter how imperfect things are, if you’ve got a free press everything is correctable, and without it everything is concealable.”   – Tom Stoppard

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History – John W. Campbell Jr

“History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, ‘Can’t you remember anything I told you?’ and lets fly with a club.” – John W. Campbell Jr.

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Love – 1 Corinthians 13

Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast, it is not proud It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered It keeps no record of wrongs Love does not delight in evil but …

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Each other’s magnitude – Gwendolyn Brooks

“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

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Doors of perception – William Blake

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” ― William Blake

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Covet a thing – Mark Twain

“In order to make a man covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.” – Mark Twain

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Life in your years – Unknown

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Unknown

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Understanding of ourselves – Carl Jung

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

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Glass – Unknown

“People who wonder about whether the glass is half empty or half full mis the point. The glass is refillable”. – Unknown

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Love – William Hazlitt

“The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.” – William Hazlitt

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The things that we love – Thomas Aquinas

“The things that we love tell us what we are.” – Thomas Aquinas

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You’re wrong – @TheTweetOfGod

“Sometimes when the whole world is telling you you’re wrong, it’s because you’re wrong.” – God @TheTweetOfGod

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Letting go – Melissa Marr

“Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.” – Melissa Marr

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Poisoned the fountain – John Locke

“Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.” – John Locke

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Marriage – @frankiebrack

“When someone is murdered the police investigate the spouse first. And that tells you everything you need to know about marriage.” – Frankie B @frankiebrack

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Presuppose love – Kierkegaard

“To be loving means to presuppose love.” – Kierkegaard

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Character – Aristotle

“It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse.” – Aristotle

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When you love someone – Hermann Hesse

“When you like someone, you like them in spite of their faults. When you love someone, you love them with their faults.” – Hermann Hesse

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Violence and unhappiness – Khushwant Singh

“Nine-tenths of the violence and unhappiness in this country derives from sexual repression”. – Khushwant Singh

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Democracy – Bertrand Russell

“Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” – Bertrand Russell

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Darkest hour – Horace Greeley

“The darkest hour in any man’s life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.” – Horace Greeley

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Our country right or wrong – Horace Greeley

“Our country right or wrong is an evil motto – what if your country be in the wrong? It will only compound her injury. I wish to serve the republic with an honest and fearless criticism.” – Horace Greeley

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Resolution – Abraham Lincoln

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Technology – @KierkegaardNow

“Technology diverts us from the passing of life, and postpones the moment when we have to face our conscience.” – Modern Kierkegaard @KierkegaardNow

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Gift suggestions – Oren Arnold

“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” – Oren Arnold

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Propaganda of fear – General Douglas MacArthur

“It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.” – General Douglas MacArthur

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Wonder – Socrates

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates

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Stress – William James

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

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Illusion – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Despair – Kierkegaard

“Much despair goes virtually unnoticed in the world.” – Kierkegaard

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Three-quarters of our lives – Schopenhauer

“We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.” – Schopenhauer

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Rule your mind – Unknown

“Rule your mind, or it will rule you” – Unknown

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Work-life balance – Alain de Botton

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” – Alain de Botton

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Creative impulses – Bertrand Russell

“The best life is the one in which the creative impulses play the largest part and the possessive impulses the smallest.” – Bertrand Russell

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Aliens – Loco Eric

“It’s weird how secretive aliens are and yet they’re still too lazy to shut off the blinking lights on their UFO.” – Loco Eric

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Fail big or win big – Sylvester Stallone

“I think everyone has a certain kind of formula in their life. When you deviate from that formula, you’re going to fail big or you’re gonna win big.” – Sylvester Stallone

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Beauty – David Hume

“Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.” – David Hume

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Respect – Unknown

“The way you do things is not the only way to do them. Respect other peoples ways of thinking.” – Unknown

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Strengthen – Abraham Lincoln

“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Mistakes – Unknown

“There comes a time when you have to stop remembering your mistakes and just move on.” – Unknown

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Indifferent – Soren Kierkegaard

“Besides all its other good qualities, the good, the truly great and noble, has the quality of not allowing the observer to be indifferent.” – Soren Kierkegaard

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Significant – Soren Kierkegaard

“It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important.” – Soren Kierkegaard

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Loss – Unknown

“Not everyone you lose is a loss” – Unknown

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Silence – Unknown

“Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance, or my kindness for weakness” – Unknown

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Eccentric – Bertrand Russell

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell

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Criticism – Unknown

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” – Unknown

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Maturity – Unknown

“Maturity comes when you stop making excuses and start making changes” – Unknown

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Character – James A. Michener

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” – James A. Michener

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Design – Steve Jobs

“Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs

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The voice of the oppressor – Anne Lammott

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.” – Anne Lammott

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Cool judgement – Woodrow Wilson

“One cool judgement is worth a dozen hasty councils. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.” – Woodrow Wilson

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Kindness – Lao Tzu

“Kindness in words creates confidence; kindness in thinking creates profoundness; kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

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Competitor – Henry Ford

“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.” – Henry Ford

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Realist – William Arthur Ward

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

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Education – W.B. Yeats

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats

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Looking back – Kiran Desai

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” – Kiran Desai

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Nothing changes – Unknown

“Nothing changes if nothing changes” – Unknown

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Orcs – John Rogers

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, …

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You may not control – Maya Angelou

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

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Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt – Maya Angelou

“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” – Maya Angelou

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Fear – J.R.R. Tolkien

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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Priority – Maya Angelou

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” – Maya Angelou

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Amazing – Maya Angelou

‘If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.’ – Maya Angelou

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Actions – Aristotle

“It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse.” – Aristotle

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An artist – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Death hangs – Marcus Aurelius

“Do not act as if thou wert going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over thee. While thou livest, while it is in thy power, be good.” – Marcus Aurelius

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What we enjoy – Epicurus

“Not what we have but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.” – Epicurus

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Three parts dead – Bertrand Russell

“To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.” – Bertrand Russell

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Heart – Tonny Brown

“God gave us a heart because it often sees what the eyes cannot see and the mind cannot understand.” – Tonny Brown

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Wise men and fools – Plato

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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True – Augustine

“A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.” – Augustine

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Go confidently – Henry David Thoreau

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Our children – Angela Schwindt

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt

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Learn

“If you teach a man anything, he will never learn” – Unknown

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Wise men – Lin-Chi

“When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.” – Lin-Chi

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Energy – Nellie Bly

“Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything” – Nellie Bly

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Dark parts – August Wilson

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. ” – August Wilson

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Truth – Gloria Steinem

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ― Gloria Steinem

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I turned away – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The silent garden – Leonora Carrington

“We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.” – Leonora Carrington

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Knowledge – Unknown

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.” – Unknown

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Fundamental Attribution Error

“In short, people tend to think of other people’s outcomes as caused by their innate personalities, while simultaneously considering their own outcomes to be largely from external events and situations.”

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In a dream – Jack Kerouac

“The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great, that I thought I was in a dream.” – Jack Kerouac

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Travel – Mark Twain

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ― Mark …

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Kindness – Mark Twain

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ― Mark Twain

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Money – Clare Boothe Luce

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.” – Clare Boothe Luce

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You learn – Jorge Luis Borges

“After a while you learn the subtle difference Between holding a hand and chaining a soul, And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning And company doesn’t mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts And presents aren’t promises … After …

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Love – Jude Deveraux

“Love can make even nice people do awful things.” – Jude Deveraux

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Change – Anne Rice

“None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.” – Anne Rice

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Literature – Rick Moody

“I think literature is best when it’s voicing what we would prefer not to talk about.” – Rick Moody

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Another life – Kazuo Ishiguro

“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.” – Kazuo Ishiguro

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Love – Henry Miller

“The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.” – Henry Miller

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Wisdom – Michel de Montaigne

“The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.” – Michel de Montaigne

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What we see – John Lubbock

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” – John Lubbock

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Liberty – David Hume

“It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.” – David Hume

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A goal – Napoleon Hill

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

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Facts – Unknown

“It is always difficult to win an argument with someone who is not handicapped by a knowledge of the facts.” – Unknown

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I can’t – Unknown

“I can’t is the cousin of I don’t want to.” – Unknown

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Grief – Pritpal Singh

“Dont run away from grief, o soul Look for the remedy inside the pain. because the rose came from the thorn and the ruby came from a stone.” – Pritpal Singh

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Eloquence – David Hume

“Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections.” – David Hume

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Life moves on – Henry Miller

“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or …

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Expecting perfection – Idea Catalog

“Expecting perfection is the same thing as expecting disappointment” – Idea Catalog @ideacatalog

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Rescue – Barbara F. Meltz

“Whether your child is 3 or 13, don’t rush in to rescue him until you know he’s done all he can to rescue himself.” – Barbara F. Meltz

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Great people – Ziad K. Abdelnour

“Smart people think. Brave people talk. Great people act.” – Ziad K. Abdelnour

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Flying monkeys – Joe Rogan

“If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.” – Joe Rogan

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Attachments – Unknown

“Is it ok for a Buddhist monk to send emails? As long as it doesn’t have attachments…” – Unknown

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Love – Marianne Williamson

“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” – Marianne Williamson

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Spend our days – Annie Dillard

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard

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Listen – John Cage

“We only hear what we listen for.” – John Cage

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One day – Paulo Coelho

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho

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Begin – Horace Greeley

“The way we do things is to begin.” – Horace Greeley

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Will Smith – Unknown

“How do you find Will Smith in a snow storm? Just look for the fresh prints.” – Unknown

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Root of all evil – Mark Twain

“The lack of money is the root of all evil.” ― Mark Twain

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Enquiry – Thomas Paine

“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.” – Thomas Paine

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Terrorism – Sydney J. Harris

“Terrorism is what we call the violence of the weak, and we condemn it; war is what we call the violence of the strong, and we glorify it.” – Sydney J. Harris

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Sorrow – Horace Greeley

“Great grief makes sacred those upon whom its hand is laid. Joy may elevate, ambition glorify, but sorrow alone can consecrate.” – Horace Greeley

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Danger – Jean Paul

“Woman and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are in danger.” – Jean Paul

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Hope – Robert Anthony

“Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.” – Robert Anthony

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Cigar – Sigmund Freud

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” – Sigmund Freud

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Earth – Unknown

“The Earth without Art is just Eh” – Unknown

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Understand – Stephen R. Covey

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” ― Stephen R. Covey

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Skeptical – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Great intellects are skeptical” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Accomplish great things – Anatole France

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France

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Free – Walter Mosley

“We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.” – Walter Mosley

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Comedy – Chris Rock

“Comedy is the blues for people who can’t sing.” – Chris Rock

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Never – Ovid

“Never choose a wife by candlelight, nor a friend at a feast, nor a horse at a fair.” – Ovid

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Be yourself – Oscar Wilde

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

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First-rate – Doris Lessing

“What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.” – Doris Lessing

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American health care – Walter Cronkite

“America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” – Walter Cronkite

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True peace – MLK

“True peace is not just the absence of tension, it’s the presence of justice” – MLK

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Sadness – W. B. Yeats

“And the flame of the blue star of twilight, hung low on the rim of the sky, Has awaked in our hearts, my beloved, a sadness that may not die” – W. B. Yeats

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Reputation – Henry Ford

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” – Henry Ford

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Learning – Michelangelo

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo

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Mental health – Alain de Botton

“Mental health: having enough safe places in your mind for your thoughts to settle.” – Alain de Botton

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Love – Amis

“While you love, that which is innate in you becomes malleable; so love shapes you.” – Amis

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Fear thought – Bertrand Russell

“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death.” – Bertrand Russell

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Loneliness – Kurt Vonnegut

“The most daring thing to do with your life is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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Religion – Edgar Allan Poe

“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.” – Edgar Allan Poe

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Scars – Galway Kinnell

“Let our scars fall in love.” – Galway Kinnell

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Excellence – David Oyelowo

“Excellence is the best weapon against prejudice. I intend to be part of the solution and not the problem.” – David Oyelowo

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React – Unknown

“Be kind before you react to someone else, think because you never know what kind of day they are having and you could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.” – Unknown

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Sandwich – Unknown

“Sometimes life serves you a shit sandwich. The question is if you are going to eat it or go get something better for yourself.” – Unknown

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Deep down – Unknown

“Deep down you know exactly what to do in every situation, it’s things like laziness or being a pussy that stop you from making the right decision” – Anon

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Philosophy – Epictetus

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” – Epictetus

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Paradox ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Yet a man may love a paradox, without losing either his wit or his honesty.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Stars – W. B. Yeats

“And her red lips sang them a love-song Till stars grew out of the air.” -W. B. Yeats

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Light – Edith Wharton

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that receives it.” – Edith Wharton

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Simply – Samuel Beckett

“If I were less concerned with you I should simply say it is very good.” – Samuel Beckett

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Become a human – Guru Nanak Dev Ji

“Before becoming a Muslim, or a Sikh, a Hindu, or a Christian let’s become a human first” – Guru Nanak Dev Ji

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Selling himself – Benjamin Franklin

“Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself to it.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Insecurity – Steve Furtick

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” – Steve Furtick

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Justice – Benjamin Franklin

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Wise – Alden Nowlan

“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” – Alden Nowlan

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Counsel – Baltasar Gracian

“When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see.” – Baltasar Gracian

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Common sense – François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

“We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us.” – François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

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Health – Henri-Frédéric Amiel

“In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.” – Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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Health – Josh Billings

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” – Josh Billings

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Health – George Bernard Shaw

“Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Women – Joan Baez

“Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try and give their best qualities to men – bring them softness, teach them how to cry.” – Joan Baez

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Children – Khalil Gibran

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.” – Khalil Gibran

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Precious – Sacha Fernando

“In fairness to Sauron, it WAS HIS ring.” – Sacha Fernando

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Confidence – Soren Kierkegaard

“Confidence is the present tense of hope.” – Soren Kierkegaard

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Strawberries – Jeff Atwood

“I always thought that ‘pick your own strawberries’ signs were farmers telling the public to leave their crops alone.” – Jeff Atwood

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Passion – Robby Greer

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. Your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” – Robby Greer

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Disease – Socrates

“There are two kinds of disease of the soul, vice and ignorance.” – Socrates

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Ghosts – Rob Fee

“Hi I’m an evil ghost with the ability to defy time & space, but I think the best example of my powers will be to slightly close this door.” – Rob Fee

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Angel in the marble – Michelangelo

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo

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Look up – Unknown

“Look up, now look down. Up is endless, down has an ending. Always look up.” – Unknown

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Lose our tempers – Alain de Botton

“We often lose our tempers not with those who are actually to blame; just with those who love us enough to forgive us our foul moods.” – Alain de Botton

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Understand ― Stephen R. Covey

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” ― Stephen R. Covey

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Happiness – Soren Kierkegaard

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” – Soren Kierkegaard

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March on – Kahlil Gibran

“March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.” – Kahlil Gibran

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Corpse – Marcus Aurelius

“Thou art a little soul bearing about a corpse.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Beliefs – Bertrand Russell

“Our beliefs are, however, often contrary to fact.” – Bertrand Russell

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Be wise – Aeschylus

“Search well and be wise, and never believe that self-willed pride is better than good counsel.” – Aeschylus

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Health – Lao Tzu

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” – Lao Tzu

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Leisure – Marcus Aurelius

“Why should any of these things that happen externally distract thee? Give thyself leisure to learn some good thing: cease roving to and fro.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Present – Maria Edgeworth

“There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards; they will be dissipated, lost and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or …

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He wishes for the cloths of heaven – W.B. Yeats

“Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; …

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Seafood diet – Dolly Parton

“I’m on a seafood diet — I see food, I eat it.” – Dolly Parton

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Well done – Benjamin Franklin

“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

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True – Philip Levine

“Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme…they must be naked and alone, they must stand for themselves.” – Philip Levine

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Common sense – Joan Crawford

“If you have an ounce of common sense and one good friend you don’t need an analyst.” – Joan Crawford

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Look up at the stars – Stephen Hawking

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there …

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Afraid – Diana Gabaldon

“Don’t be afraid. There’s the two of us now.” – Diana Gabaldon

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Teachers – Dalaï Lama

“Teachers open the door, but students must enter themselves.” – Dalaï Lama

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Morality – Immanuel Kant

“Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.” – Immanuel Kant

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Certainty – Benjamin Franklin

“Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Marriage – Benjamin Franklin

“Keep the eyes wide open before marriage and half shut afterwards.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Someone’s got to do it – Messing

“Someone’s got to do it, why not you?” – Messing

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Responsibility – Brian Koslow

“The more you are willing to accept responsibility for your actions, the more credibility you will have.” – Brian Koslow

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Leisure – Henry Greber

“Only a person who can live with himself can enjoy the gift of leisure.” – Henry Greber

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Consequences – Wallace Stegner

“There is a sense in which we are all each other’s consequences.” – Wallace Stegner

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Compassion hurts – Andrew Boyd

“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow …

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Beauty – Khaled Hosseini

“Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.” — Khaled Hosseini

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Burnt socks lying the road – Richard Price

“You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.” – Richard Price

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Sermon – Oliver Goldsmith

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lip.” – Oliver Goldsmith

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Tyranny – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.” – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Knowledge – Soren Kierkegaard

“What I really need is to get clear about what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every act.” – Soren Kierkegaard

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Conventionality – Bronte

“Conventionality is not morality.” – Bronte

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Doubting – Idea Catalog

“All my doubting, never got me far.” Idea Catalog @ideacatalog

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Habits – Rob Gilbert

“First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” ― Rob Gilbert

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Richly alone – Sylvia Plath

“I need not to be more with others, but to be more & more deeply, richly alone. Recreating worlds.” – Sylvia Plath

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Colourblind – Albert Schweitzer

“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight… the truly wise person is colorblind.” – Albert Schweitzer

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Pilgrim soul – W. B. Yeats

“How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you…” – W. B. Yeats

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Question mark – Bertrand Russell

“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” – Bertrand Russell

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Belief – David Hume

“Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object than what the imagination alone is able to attain.” – David Hume

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Unexpected question – Francis Bacon

“A sudden, bold, and unexpected question can many times surprise a man, and even lay him open.” – Francis Bacon

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Four things – Omar Ibn Al-Halif

“Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, the neglected opportunity.” – Omar Ibn Al-Halif

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Wrong ― Noam Chomsky

“If it’s wrong when they do it, it’s wrong when we do it.” ― Noam Chomsky

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Attention ― Wiz Khalifa

“Sometimes the best way to get someone’s attention is to stop giving them yours.” ― Wiz Khalifa

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Passions – Epictetus

“Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee.” – Epictetus

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Facts – John Maynard Keynes

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” – John Maynard Keynes

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Criminal – Friedrich Schiller

“It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.” – Friedrich Schiller

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Diplomacy – Winston Churchill

“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.” – Winston Churchill

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Cynicism – Joe Klein

“Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.” – Joe Klein

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Preparation – Rainer Maria Rilke

“To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. ” – …

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Remade – Ursula K. Le Guin

“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

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Giving – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“In giving, you throw a bridge across the chasm of your solitude.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Make mistakes – Neil Gaiman

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more …

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Now – Emily Dickinson

“Forever is composed of nows.” – Emily Dickinson

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New country – Rabindranath Tagore

“Where the old tracks are lost, new country is revealed with its wonders.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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Incompatible things – W. B. Yeats

“There are three incompatible things which man is always seeking — infinite feeling, infinite battle, infinite repose…” – W. B. Yeats

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Peace – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Don’t judge – Unknown

“Don’t judge them for their choices when you don’t know their reasons.” – Unknown

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Save the world – Bertrand Russell

“To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.” – Bertrand Russell

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Forgive – Maya Angelou

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” – Maya Angelou

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Gifts – Unknown

“Everyone has gifts to share. Gifts of the heart – what people are passionate and care about. Gifts of the head – what people know and think. Gifts of the hands – what people can do or make.” – Unknown

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Hug – Ivern Ball

“A hug is the perfect gift – one size fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it.” – Ivern Ball

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Integrity ― Spencer Johnson

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” ― Spencer Johnson

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Trims himself – Charles Schwab

“The man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.” – Charles Schwab

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Heaven of hell – John Milton

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” – John Milton

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Two steps – Fannie Flagg

“Remember if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead.” – Fannie Flagg

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Three things – Tom Bodett

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” – Tom Bodett

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History – James Fenimore Cooper

“History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.” – James Fenimore Cooper

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Honesty – Noël Coward

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noël Coward

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Mask – Oscar Wilde

“Give a man a mask and he will show his true face.” – Oscar Wilde

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Thought – Henry David Thoreau

“Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Obstacles – Hannah More

“Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” – Hannah More

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Motives – Confucius

“Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man cannot conceal himself.” – Confucius

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Circumstances ― Nido Qubein

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go they merely determine where you start.” ― Nido Qubein

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Navigators – Edward Gibbon

“The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.” – Edward Gibbon

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Experts agree – Bertrand Russell

“Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.” – Bertrand Russell

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Slavery – Abraham Lincoln

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Scientist and artist – James Agee

“Isn’t every human being both a scientist and an artist; and in writing of human experience, isn’t there a good deal to be said for recognizing that fact and for using both methods? ” – James Agee

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Vision – Jonathan Swift

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” – Jonathan Swift

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Lost – Edmund Spenser

“For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.” – Edmund Spenser

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Attitude – Zig Ziglar

“Your attitude, not your aptitude will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

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Roasted duck – Ancient Proverb

“The man who waits for roasted duck to fly into mouth must wait very long time.” – Ancient Proverb

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Things – Marcus Aurelius

“See what things are in themselves, dividing them into matter, form and purpose.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Actions of men – John Locke

“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.” – John Locke

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Eternal truth – Soren Kierkegaard

“May I catch my reader not in the net of passion, nor by the artfulness of eloquence, but by the eternal truth of conviction.” – Soren Kierkegaard

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Love yourself – Sogyal Rinpoche

“What does it mean to love yourself? It means to embrace every aspect of your being with unconditional love. On a deeper level, it means letting your buddha nature, your inherent, fundamental goodness, manifest and love the whole of you completely, including all your …

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On Marriage

Kahlil Gibran You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your …

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Character – Aristotle

“It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse.” – Aristotle

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Tolerance – The Dalai Lama

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher…” – The Dalai Lama

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Artist – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Creating – George Bernard Shaw

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

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Believe – Eckhart Tolle

“You don’t have to believe everything you think.” – Eckhart Tolle

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Discover it – Michelangelo

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it” – Michelangelo

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War – Margaret Atwood

“War is what happens when language fails.” – Margaret Atwood

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The glass is already broken – Achaan Chaa

You see this goblet?” asks Achaan Chaa, the Thai meditation master. “For me this glass is already broken. I enjoy it; I drink out of it. It holds my water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns. If I should tap it, …

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Credit – Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is …

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Knowing and doing – John Niland

“The problem for me is not what I don’t know, it’s what I don’t do.” – John Niland

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Lies – Nietzsche

“The most common lies a man tells are to himself.” – Nietzsche

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Revealed – Anne Enright

“People do not change, they are merely revealed.” – Anne Enright

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Desire – Eduardo Galeano

“Life was alone, no name, no memory; it had hands, but no one to touch. It had a tongue, but no one to talk to. Life was one, and one was none. Then Desire drew his bow. The arrow of desire split life down …

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One day – Jean-Paul Sartre

“Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

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Noble soul – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I have possessed that heart, that noble soul, in whose presence I seemed to be more than I really was, because I was all that I could be.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A woman – D.H. Lawrence

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.” – D.H. Lawrence

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What most people need – Kate McCartney

“What most people need, is a really good listening too.” – Kate McCartney

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Money – Henry Ford

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford

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Forgetting – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The existence of forgetting has never been proved: we only know that some things don’t come to mind when we want them.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Values – Unknown

“Values are the ideals and standards that you live by, regardless of external pressures or incentives.” – Unknown

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Normal – Maya Angelou

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

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Hope – Unknown

“Follow the hope in your heart, not the fear in your mind.” – Unknown

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Do well – Unknown

“Sometimes it’s good to remember to improve the things that you do well rather than focus on the things that you do badly” – Unknown

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Do bold things – Macchiavelli

“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger, but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” – Macchiavelli

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Fear – Robert Anthony

“We fear the thing we want the most.” – Robert Anthony

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Begin – Ivan Turgenev

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” – Ivan Turgenev

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Expectations – William Shakespeare

“Oft expectation fails, and most oft there where most it promises.” – William Shakespeare

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Create something – Maxine Hong Kingston

“In a time of destruction, create something.” – Maxine Hong Kingston

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Foolish – Ali ibn Abi Talib

“How foolish is man! He ruins the present while worrying about the future, but weeps in the future by recalling his past!” – Ali ibn Abi Talib

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Stars – W. B. Yeats

“And her red lips sang them a love-song Till stars grew out of the air.” – W. B. Yeats

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Go to them – A.A. Milne

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” – A.A. Milne

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Other people ― Oscar Wilde

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde

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Dream – T.E. Lawrence

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with …

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A friend – Aristotle

“A friend to all is a friend to none.” – Aristotle

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Shortcut – Tolkien

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.” – Tolkien

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Legal – Martin Luther King

“We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal”. – Martin Luther King

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Life – Shari Barr

“Expecting life to treat you well because you’re a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you’re a vegetarian.” – Shari Barr

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Move the fuck on – Unknown

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened.. or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.” – Unknown

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Two possibilities exist – Arthur C. Clarke

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” – Arthur C. Clarke

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Acquisition of wealth – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Represent – Maya Angelou

“What I represent in fact, what I’m trying like hell to represent every time I go into that hotel room, is myself. That’s what I’m trying to do. And I miss most of the time on that: I do not represent blacks or tall …

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Solitude – Honoré de Balzac

“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.” – Honoré de Balzac

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Practice – Abe Lemons

“One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn’t do you any good.” – Abe Lemons

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Tenses – Janet Frame

“There is no past or future. Using tenses to divide time is like making chalk marks on water.” – Janet Frame

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Martyrs – Unknown

“Oi, martyrs, get off the cross, we need the wood” – Unknown

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Things – Unknown

“The best things in life aren’t things”. – Unknown

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Persistence – Ovid

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force, but through persistence.” – Ovid

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Beauty – David Hume

“Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived.” – David Hume

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Wit – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Wit, is the epitaph of an emotion.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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Questions – Voltaire

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” – Voltaire

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Excuses – Unknown

“Your dreams don’t run on excuses” – Unknown

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Holds you back – Unknown

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not” – Unknown

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Busy – Henry David Thoreau

“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau

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Keep breaking – Rumi

“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” – Rumi

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Stars – Rabindranath Tagore

“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” – Rabindranath Tagore.

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Truth – Wallace Stevens

“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” – Wallace Stevens

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Light has shadow – Mary Stewart

“Every life has death and every light has shadow. Be content to stand in the light and let the shadow fall where it will.” – Mary Stewart

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Make your mistakes – Thomas Wolfe

“Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.” – Thomas Wolfe

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Soulmate – Unknown

“Your soulmate is not someone that comes into your life peacefully. It is who comes to make you question things, who changes your reality, somebody that marks a before and after in your life. It is not the human being everyone has idealised, but …

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If you love someone – JC @awesomeJCwood

“If you love someone set them free…if they don’t come back, call them up later…when you’re drunk.” – JC @awesomeJCwood

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What you eat – Unknown

“What you eat in private, you wear in public.” – Unknown

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Tyranny – Albert Maysles

“Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance.” – Albert Maysles

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