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Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.  ~Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420


You've got a lot of choices.  If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.  ~Steven D. Woodhull


What saves a man is to take a step.  Then another step.  It is always the same step, but you have to take it.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière


Don't wait for the Last Judgment.  It happens every day.  ~Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956


Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other.  ~Henry David Thoreau


Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns!  ~Allison Gappa Bottke


Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall.  Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day.  Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down.  And this is all life really means.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson


If you don't like how things are, change it!  You're not a tree.  ~Jim Rohn


In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority.  ~Liz Armbruster

See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little.  ~Pope John XXIII


Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.  ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros


Though the circular round-and-round of routine be the bulk of life's affairs, make an occasional jutting diversion - of fun, love, or something that will outlast you - so the shape and motion of your life shall resemble the round lifegiving sun with bright rays shining forth from all directions.  ~Terri Guillemets


Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Now that it's all over, what did you really do yesterday that's worth mentioning?  ~Coleman Cox


Laziness will cause you pain.  ~Slogan on T-shirt worn at the Vee Arnis Jitsu School of Self-Defense


If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.  ~Toni Morrison


Do not confuse your vested interests with ethics.  Do not identify the enemies of your privilege with the enemies of humanity.  ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949


Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.  ~Author Unknown


Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste.  ~Brecht


[O]wning your burdens is half the battle.  ~From the television show Scrubs


Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  ~Victor Hugo


We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.  ~William James


You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.  ~Leo Aikman


Seek freedom and become captive of your desires.  Seek discipline and find your liberty.  ~Frank Herbert, Dune Chronicles


The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.  ~Plato


Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.  ~Jonathan Kozel


Tough and funny and a little bit kind:  that is as near to perfection as a human being can be.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.  ~Frances Willard


Always when judging
Who people are,
Remember to footnote
The words "So far."
~Robert Brault


God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me.  ~Author unknown, variation of an excerpt from "The Serenity Prayer" by Reinhold Neibuhr


A day is Eternity's seed, and we are its Gardeners.  ~Erika Harris

People cannot go wrong, if you don't let them.  They cannot go right, unless you let them.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Excess on occasion is exhilirating.  It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.  ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938


The vow that binds too strictly snaps itself.  ~Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The Last Tournament," Idylls of the King


I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.  ~Sara Teasdale, "The Philosopher"


Every one should keep a mental wastepaper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it - torn up to irrecoverable tatters.  ~Samuel Butler


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  ~Theodore Roosevelt


Whatever we worship, short of God, is sure to be our undoing.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Toss your dashed hopes not into a trash bin but into a drawer where you are likely to rummage some bright morning.  ~Robert Brault


I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.... People think pleasing God is all God care about.  But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.  ~Alice Walker, The Color Purple, 1982


Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.  ~Elbert Hubbard


On the bathing-tub of King T'ang the following words were engraved:  "If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day.  Yea, let there be daily renovation."  ~Confucian Analects


The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.  ~Jimmy Johnson


What a strange narrowness of mind now is that, to think the things we have not known are better than the things we have known.  ~Samuel Johnson


To sensible men, every day is a day of reckoning.  ~John W. Gardner


There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.  ~Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier)


Face what you think you believe and you will be surprised.  ~William Hale White


Grown-ups love figures.  When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters.  They never say to you, "What does his voice sound like?  What games does he love best?  Does he collect butterflies?" Instead, they demand:  "How old is he?  How many brothers has he?  How much does he weigh?  How much money does his father make?"  Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French


Just remember, there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way.  ~ Colonel Potter


Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped.  ~African Proverb


One can enjoy a wood fire worthily only when he warms his thoughts by it as well as his hands and feet.  ~Odell Shepherd

 

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.  ~Thomas Edison


Aspire to a lower level of harm.  ~Anonymous


I try not to kid myself.  You know, I don't mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous.  ~Bill Veeck


You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back.  ~Mick Jagger


When you lose, don't lose the lesson.  ~Author Unknown


There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we desire.  ~John C. Collins


Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.  ~Frank Tyger


Dig the well before you are thirsty.  ~Chinese Proverb


Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us.  We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.  ~Benjamin Franklin


Be nice to people on your way up because you'll need them on your way down.  ~W. Migner


When you throw dirt, you lose ground.  ~Texan Proverb


The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.  ~Albert Schweitzer


Everyone should learn to do one thing supremely well because he likes it, and one thing supremely well because he detests it.  ~Brigham Young


Sometimes the only way you can take a really good look at yourself is through somebody else's eyes.  ~From the television show Scrubs


Sometimes the best way to hold onto something is to let it go.  ~Author Unknown


It isn't what you know that counts, it's what you think of in time.  ~Author Unknown


The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow.  Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.  ~Author Unknown


For visions come not to polluted eyes.  ~Mary Howitt


Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls and to-tomorrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Remedy it, or welcome it:  a wise man's only two choices.  ~Terri Guillemets


To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.  ~Chinese Proverb


The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you're the easiest person to fool.  ~Richard Feynman


Don't let it be all in your head, nor all in your body.  ~Terri Guillemets


Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.  ~Joaquin de Setanti


God is good, but never dance in a small boat.  ~Irish Saying


It is better to stir up a question without deciding it, than to decide it without stirring it up.  ~Joseph Joubert


Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise.  ~Mary Kay Ash


Where you find quality, you will find a craftsman, not a quality-control expert.  ~Robert Brault,


Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.  ~Malcolm S. Forbes

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