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To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. ~Mary Oliver


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, 1999 (U.S. geologist, b.1976)


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, on rbrault.blogspot.com


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


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


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


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


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


The secret to happiness in your work is to find a job in which your neurosis is constructive. ~Jeanne LaMont, MD


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


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


[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, rbrault.blogspot.com


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, empathicwriter.com


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 exhilarating. 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"


If I had my life to live over, I'd have fewer meetings and more rendezvous. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


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. ~M*A*S*H, 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 Shepard


 
 
Practical life teaches us that people may differ and that both may be wrong: it also teaches us that people may differ and both be right. Anchor yourself fast in the latter faith, or the former will sweep your heart away. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too. ~Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar


The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become. ~Charles Du Bos, Approximations, 1922, translated from French (Thanks, Lorianne!)


The happiest people don’t worry too much about whether life is fair or not, they just get on with it. ~Andrew Matthews


Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Be loyal to what you love, be true to the earth, fight your enemies with passion and laughter. ~Edward Abbey


There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day. ~Alexander Woollcott


If you keep rephrasing the question, it gradually becomes the answer. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


[T]ime you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. ~Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married, 1912 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)


It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. ~Albert Einstein


...Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none...
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well


Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe. ~Author Unknown


Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts. ~Charles Dickens


If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer. ~Dag Hammarskjold


We have a choice every day — to act on yesterday's good intentions or get an early start on tomorrow's regrets. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


When you start treating people like people, they become people. ~Paul Vitale


Be kind to your shadow. ~Rebecca Lawless


I thought growing up was something that happened automatically as you got older. But it turns out it's something you have to choose to do. ~From the television show Scrubs


The only way you may correct the bad things in your past is to add better things to your future. ~Shiloh Morrison


So often our greatest triumph is a willing surrender. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If you have to do it every day, for God's sake learn to do it well. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved. ~Barbara Johnson


You do not have the right to quit trying. (The universe wobbles when you do.) You have the right to quit Toxic People. (They're contagious.) ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


Dare to be imperfect and one day there will tug at your sleeve a soulmate. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson


In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest. ~Henry Miller, The Books in My Life


Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway. ~Elbert Hubbard, A Thousand and One Epigrams, 1911


Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong. ~Dandemis


Whatever you are be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln


It's better to fight for something than against something. ~Author Unknown


The day will happen whether or not you get up. ~John Ciardi


Create each day anew by clothing yourself with heaven and earth, bathing yourself with wisdom and love, and placing yourself in the heart of Mother Nature. ~Morihei Ueshiba


Nature gave men two ends — one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most. ~George R. Kirkpatrick


One should always play fair when one has the winning cards. ~Oscar Wilde


Strength will grow from the heart, blossom as results, and wither in others' hearts as seeds. ~Mikhael Dominico


To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Think of your faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep. ~Chinese Proverb


When you live in reaction, you give your power away. Then you get to experience what you gave your power to. ~N. Smith


Do not fall before you are pushed. ~English Proverb


Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. ~Pema Chödrön


Life isn't fair, at least on the micro level. Deal with it. But don't deal with it by making it more unfair to others. ~David C. Hill, ***Dave Does the Blog (hill-kleerup.org/blog)


When "Why not do it?" barely outweighs "Why do it?" — don't do it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


If you hate your lot but wouldn't trade it, it's not your lot you hate. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966


You live and let live. And eventually, that becomes enough. ~Author Unknown


Half the failures in life arise from pulling in the horse as he is leaping. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


When you invite trouble, it's usually quick to accept. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. ~Author Unknown


There is great power in letting go, and there is great freedom in moving on. ~Author Unknown


Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise. ~Author Unknown


All philosophy in two words, — sustain and abstain. ~Epictetus


Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake. ~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne


Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got. ~Janis Joplin


Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants. ~Edward Steichen


Life is like riding a bicycle — in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein


Wake up, do your best, sleep, repeat. ~Thingsweforget.blogspot.com, #660


Work hard, enrobe yourself in velvet hope, and rule your world! ~Terri Guillemets


The biggest problem in the world
Could have been solved when it was small.
~Witter Bynner, The Way of Life According to Laotzu


In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. ~Albert Schweitzer


Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up. ~Robert Frost


What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Don't look for your dreams to come true; look to become true to your dreams. ~Michael Beckwith


The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obedience to the heart. ~William Butler Yeats


Bloom where you are planted. ~Mother Jones


Light tomorrow with today. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning


The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail. ~Ramakrishna


Let go or be dragged. ~Author Unknown


Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become. But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert


Never believe in mirrors or newspapers. ~Tom Stoppard


I may be justifying my pockets of chaos, but I will always choose people over perfection and the heart over task and tidy. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com (2009 tweet, @wildthyme)


Never confuse thoughtlessness with malice. ~Robert Charles Whitehead


Yet some things you miss and some things you lose by keeping your arm outstretched. ~Author Unknown


The most valuable lesson man has learned from his dog is to kick a few blades of grass over it and move on. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


You want to run out in front, prepare to be tripped from behind. ~S.A. Sachs


Now and then it is a joy to have one's table red with wine and roses. ~Oscar Wilde


It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. ~Howard Ruff, How to Prosper in the Coming Bad Years, 1979


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


You have to give people something to dream on. ~Jimi Hendrix


I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.... In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. ~Henry David Thoreau


Just be ordinary and nothing special. Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you're tired, go and lie down. The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand. ~Bruce Lee


Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. ~Sarah Bernhardt


Every day is conquerable by its hours, and every hour by its minutes. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


While seeking revenge, dig two graves — one for yourself. ~Doug Horton


Use your energy for good and it will be replenished with more good energy, use you energy for bad and your energy will be drained. ~Mike Dolan, www.hawaiianlife.com


To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy. ~Hippocrates


Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. ~Buddha


Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business. ~Ann Landers


Walk lightly through life. ~Guy Finley


Things sweet the taste prove in digestion sour. ~William Shakespeare, King Richard the Second, 1595


Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ~Abraham Lincoln


Be true to your word and your work and your friend... ~John Boyle O'Reilly, from the poem "Rules of the Road"


Lend, by your imperfections, self-esteem to others, and you will be invited everywhere. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to." ~J.R.R. Tolkien, "Three Is Company," The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954


There are two kinds of light — the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. ~James Thurber


It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? ~Henry David Thoreau, letter to H.G.O. Blake, 16 November 1857


But work a year and sleep an hour,
     and sleep a night and sing a day,
And take a little wine and love,
     and when you feel religious—pray.
~Frederic Ridgely Torrence, The House of a Hundred Lights: A Psalm of Experience After Reading a Couplet of Bidpai, 1899


Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams. ~Patch Adams


Don't get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny. ~Kathryn Carpenter


Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven. ~G.C. Lichtenberg


Being loved by all is little fun
Unless you're also loved by one.
~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river. ~Lao Tzu


We must have passed through life unobservantly, if we have never perceived that a man is very much himself what he thinks of others. ~Frederick W. Faber


Mind your own business. But love your neighbor as yourself. ~David C. Hill, ***Dave Does the Blog (hill-kleerup.org/blog)


Never saw off the branch you are on, unless you are being hanged from it. ~Stanislaw Lec


Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship. ~Benjamin Franklin


In the end the reason for anything is inseparable from the reason for everything. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~Author Unknown


No armies are needed, no weapons are needed, no nations are needed, no religions are needed. All that is needed is a little meditativeness, a little silence, a little love, a little more humanity... just a little more, and existence will become fragrant with something so totally unique and new that you will have to find a new category for it. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh


Don't despise empiric truth. Lots of things work in practice for which the laboratory has never found proof. ~Martin H. Fischer


Is bread the better for kneading? so is the heart. Knead it then by spiritual exercises; or God must knead it by afflictions. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


The best way to predict your future is to create it. ~Author unknown, variant of "The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented" by Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963, and "The best way to predict the future is to invent it" by Alan Kay, 1982 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)


You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. ~Irish Proverb


Beware of a man of one book. ~English Proverb


You cannot be anything if you want to be everything. But if you are content to be something, you may by analogy be many things. ~Israel Zangwill, The Principle of Nationalities, 1917


Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it — memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey. ~Tad Williams


Usually, when you can't overcome the obstacles in your path, it's not your path. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards. ~Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanish


It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed. ~Horace


Do not be someone looking for [insert]. Be [insert] looking for someone.
Suggestions for [insert]:
—love
—friendship
—understanding
—appreciation
—tolerance
—a helping hand
—a leg up
—an answer
~Robert Brault, "You Be The Aphorist," rbrault.blogspot.com


Leaves are light, and useless, and idle, and wavering, and changeable; they even dance; and yet God in his wisdom has made them a part of oaks. And in so doing he has given us a lesson, not to deny the stout-heartedness within because we see the lightsomeness without. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. ~Henry David Thoreau


Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. ~Swedish Proverb


Better to be furious at one thing, become radiant with purpose. Better to love links and rhythms than all-embracing answers. ~Stephen Dunn


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


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


Be deeply satisfied and ready for more. ~Abraham–Hicks


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


Follow the seasons. Follow your heart. Lead by example. Lead with love, alongside simplicity and courage, embracing duty, shunning fear. ~Terri Guillemets


Dig the well before you are thirsty. ~Chinese Proverb


Wish for nothing so much that you forget to make it come true. ~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.com


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


Anything can happen; this is the very rule of this universe! The best defence against this rule is this: Don't panic! ~Mehmet Murat ildan


Be nice to those you meet on the way up. They're the same folks you'll meet on the way down. ~Walter Winchell, 1932


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


The best things in life are not only free, they require less assembly. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


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


I used to believe that anything was better than nothing. Now I know that sometimes nothing is better. ~Glenda Jackson

 



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