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Hands – Dorothee Sölle

“If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something, I can neither give nor receive.”
– Dorothee Sölle

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Leader – John Quincy Adams

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

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Mother – Honoré de Balzac

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
– Honoré de Balzac

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Fraudulent intent – Titus Livius

“A fraudulent intent, however carefully concealed at the outset, will generally, in the end, betray itself.”
– Titus Livius

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Regret – Anne Frank

“Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.”
― Anne Frank

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Damage – Phoebe Waller-Bridge

“Damage is indicative of vulnerability, which I think always feels a little dangerous. It is evidence that a person can feel deeply, that they can be open…then that delicious wall goes up and we just want to scramble over it and save (and feel) the person. It’s irresistible. I also think damage is a glimpse of something honest, and that’s always attractive.”

– Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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Freedom or loneliness – Charles Bukowski

“And when nobody wakes you up in the morning and when nobody waits for you at night, and when you can do whatever you want. what do you call it, freedom or loneliness?”

– Charles Bukowski

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Principles – Harrington Emerson

“As to methods, there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

— Harrington Emerson

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Meaning – Victor Frankl

“When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure.”

– Victor Frankl

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Insane – Kurt Vonnegut

“A sane person to an insane society must appear insane.”

– Kurt Vonnegut

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Freedom – Sebastian Junger

“An important part of freedom is not having to make sacrifices for people who don’t have to make sacrifices for you.”

– Sebastian Junger

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Absurdities – Voltaire

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

– Voltaire

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Focus on what matters – James Clear

“Vision is the bottleneck of talent.

Most talent is wasted because people do not clearly know what they want. It’s not a lack of effort, but a lack of direction.

There are many capable people in the world, but relatively few that focus on what matters.”

– James Clear

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Grief – Arthur Golden

“Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord.

The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it.”

— Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

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Change the world – Leigh Gallagher

“Pessimists are usually right, but it’s the optimists who change the world.”

– Leigh Gallagher