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Consequence – Amanda Keller

“The Dildo of consequence is rarely lubed.”

– Amanda Keller

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Life is a dance – Alan Watts

“[Life] is a dance, and when you are dancing, you are not intent on getting somewhere. The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance. Like music also, it is fulfilled in each moment of its course. You do not play a sonata in order to reach the final chord, and if the meaning of things were simply in ends, composers would write nothing but finales.”

– Alan Watts

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Honesty – Thomas Jefferson

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

– Thomas Jefferson

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Vices / Virtues – Erich Fromm

“The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.”

– Erich Fromm

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What you see – Henry David Thoreau

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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Excellence – Aristotle

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
– Aristotle

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Trapped – Rilke

‎”We can so easily slip back from what we have struggled to attain, abruptly, into a new life we never wanted; can find that we are trapped, as in a dream, and die there, without ever waking up.”
– Rilke

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Goals – Charles C. Noble

“You must have long range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.”
– Charles C. Noble

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Richer – Michel de Montaigne

“We are all of us richer than we think we are.”
– Michel de Montaigne

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Happiness – Chuang-Tzu

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.”
– Chuang-Tzu

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Poor – Claudian

“The covetous man is always poor.”
– Claudian

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Undervalue – Malcolm Forbes

“Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are.
– Malcolm Forbes

Shakespeare did not have the makings of a bank president. Mozart could never have been a stockbroker. The gifts they possessed, however, more than made up for their failure to achieve any recognition in the financial profession.

Don’t bewail what you cannot do. Focus like a laser beam on the talents you do possess, practice them, refine them, and use them to achieve your own kind of greatness.

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Stillness – Rabindranath Tagore

“In the mountain, stillness surges up to explore its own height; In the lake, movement stands still to contemplate its own depth.”
– Rabindranath Tagore

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Regret – Sidney J. Harris

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”
– Sidney J. Harris

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Smooth seas – African proverb

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”
– African proverb