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"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
     ~ Alfred Adler

"Destiny has two ways of crushing us -- by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them."
     ~ Henri Frederic Amiel

"The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money."
     ~ Anon

"Friendship is a thing neccessary to life since without friends no one would choose to live, though possessed of all other advantages."
     ~ Aristotle

"The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it."
     ~ Marcus Aurelius

"Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present."
     ~ Roger Babson

"Man's power of choice enables him to think like an angel or a devil, a king or a slave. Whatever he chooses, mind will create and manifest."
     ~ Frederick Bailes

"We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours."
     ~ James Baldwin

"A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."
     ~ Basil

"It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them."
     ~ Caron de Beaumarchais

"We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts."
     ~ Henry Ward Beecher

"Those that are evil have not only the good against them, but also the bad."
     ~ Bischer

"If you can't return a favor, pass it on."
     ~ Louise Brown

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
     ~ William Jennings Bryan

"Beauty is also to be found in a day's work."
     ~ Mamie Sypent Burns

"Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is."
     ~ Albert Camus

"No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve."
     ~ Thomas Carlyle

"I'll toss my coins in the fountain,
Look for clovers in grassy lawns
Search for shooting stars in the night
Cross my fingers and dream on."
     ~ Tracy Chapman

"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow."
     ~ Jerry Chin

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible."
     ~ Arthur C. Clarke

"True friendship is like sound health, the value is seldom known until it be lost."
     ~ Charles Caleb Colton

"Silence is the true friend that never betrays."
     ~ Confucious

"It is better to wear out than to rust out."
     ~ Bishop Richard Cumberland

"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
     ~ James Dean

"What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens."
     ~ Benjamin Disraeli

"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace."
     ~ Amelia Earhart

"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."
     ~ Thomas Edison

"The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that lies at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not, who can no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed out candle."
     ~ Albert Einstein

"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."
     ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The greatest gift is a portion of thyself."
     ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into another."
     ~ Douglas Everett

"You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourselves."
     ~ Harry Firestone

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
     ~ Benjamin Franklin

"Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead."
     ~ Benjamin Franklin

"Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes."
     ~ James A. Froude

"You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note."
     ~ Doug Floyd

"You may delay, but time will not."
     ~ Benjamin Franklin

"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need."
     ~ Kahlil Gibran

"There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action."
     ~ Johann von Goethe

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything."
     ~ Alexander Hamilton

"Wait a minute, life's not like solitaire."
     ~ Ruth Henderson

"Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakes. The sleeper must awaken."
     ~ Frank Herbert

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us."
     ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

"You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad."
     ~ Aldous Hudley

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly."
     ~ Langston Hughes

"Be like the bird in flight -
Pausing a while on bought too slight
Feels them give way beneath her, yet singe
Knowing yet that she has wings."
     ~ Victor Hugo

"Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart."
     ~ Victor Hugo

"Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together."
     ~ Eugene Ionesco

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindness there is at last one which makes the heart run over.
     ~ Dr Samuel Johnson

"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."
     ~ Erica Jong

"A creative mind plays with the objects it loves."
     ~ Carl Jung

"Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved."
     ~ Van Kaam

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
     ~ Hellen Keller

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation."
     ~ Jack Kinder

"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end."
     ~ Ursula K LeGuin

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me."
     ~ Dudley Field Malone

"Legend -- a lie that has the dignity of age."
     ~ H. L. Mercker

"The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt."
     ~ Thomas Merton

"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries."
     ~ A.A. Milne

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
     ~ John Muir

"A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect up to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change."
     ~ Earl Nightingale

"All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed."
     ~ Sean O'Casey

"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing."
     ~ John Powell

"Variety of mere nothings gives more pleasure than uniformity of something."
     ~ Jean Paul Richter

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
     ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Anyone can revolt. It is more difficult silently to obey our inner promptings, and to spend our lives finding sincere and fitting means of expression for our temperment and our gifts."
     ~ Geoges Rouault

"Our greatest evils flow from ourselves."
     ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting."
     ~ John Russell

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
     ~ Carl Sagen

"Good questions outrank easy answers."
     ~ Paul A. Samuelson

"Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad lamentable experiment."
     ~ George Santayana

"Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love."
     ~ George Santayana

"Out, out brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player.
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing"
     ~ Shakespeare (Macbeth)

"Knowledge is the power of the mind, wisdom is the power of the soul."
     ~ Julie Shannahan

"Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius."
     ~ George Bernard Shaw

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten."
     ~ B. F. Skinner

"Money is the most egalitarian force in society. It confers power on whoever holds it."
     ~ Roger Starr

"To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it -- who can say this is not greatness."
     ~ William Makepeace Thakeray

"You can do what you want to do, you can be what you want to be."
     ~ R. David Thomas

"Dreams are the touchstones of our character."
     ~ Henry David Thoreau

"Reality is nothing but a collective hunch."
     ~ Lily Tomlin

"To believe yourself to be brave is to be brave; it is the only essential thing."
     ~ Mark Twain

"The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be."
     ~ Paul Valery

"Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best."
     ~ Henry Van Dyke

"Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes."
     ~ Voltaire

"Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong we are successful."
     ~ Wallace D. Wattles

"I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel."
     ~ Peter Nivio Zarlenga

"We have two ears and one mouth that we may listen the more and talk the less."
     ~ Zeno, 335-263 BC


Last quote added, 23 January, 2004.