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"Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others." - Jacob M. Braude

"It had only one fault. It was kind of lousy." - James Thurber

"The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives is to think we work for anybody but ourselves." - Brian Tracy

"Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won." - Louisa May Alcott

"Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point." - Harold B. Melchart

"Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it." - Colin Powell

"By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties." - Buckminster Fuller in 1966

"Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies." - E.B. White

"I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies." - Pietro Aretino

"Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as they were your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time you live ALL the days of your life.
Don't give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together.
Don't be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly, and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
Don't run though life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going.
Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.
Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved." - Brian Dyson

"Look for the good in every person and every situation. You'll almost always find it." - Brian Tracy

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller

"There is nothing so annoying as to have two people go right on talking when you're interrupting." - Mark Twain

"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs - jolted by every pebble in the road." - Henry Ward Beecher

"To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Bush had equally high praise for Attorney General nominee John Ashcroft, whom he praised as 'a tireless champion in the battle to protect a woman's right to give birth.'" - The Onion

"One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter." - James Earl Jones

"If we're bringing up kids that are so stupid that they kill themselves because of a song, what good are the kids in the first place?" - Marilyn Manson

"I definitely am going to take a course on time management... just as soon as I can work it into my schedule." - Louis Boone

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenly and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I should like to see these profound words inscribed on the threshold of all the temples of science: 'The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe in something because one wishes it to be so." - Louis Pasteur

"One person can make a difference and every person should try." - John F. Kennedy

"The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books." - Katharine Mansfield

"I am the primitive of the method I have invented." - Paul Cezanne

"I hate fashion... They have these runway shows and they have a commentator saying, 'A pretty face is your best asset this season.' As opposed to last season, when ugly girls had a free ride all the way through, when back-fat was all the rage." - Janeane Garofalo

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - Augustine

"You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics." - Charles Bukowski

"Man's inhumanity to man is only surpassed by his cruelty to animals" - George Bernard Shaw

"One of life's most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn't do our homework, that we are not prepared." - Merlin Olsen

"Looking back on my life, I wish I'd stepped forward and made a fool of myself more often when I was younger - because when you do, you find out you can do it." - William Sessions

"I don't have a reason for the way I look. I just do things." - Daniel G.

"I had my coat-hangers spayed." - Steven Wright

"When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means that we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves." - Katherine Mansfield

"He who doesn't lose his wits over certain things has no wits to lose." - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

"Men are respectable only as they respect." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Don't break your shin on a stool that is not in your way." - Irish Proverb

"When you're hungry, sing; when you're hurt, laugh." - Jewish Proverb

"Taste: a quality possessed by persons without originality or moral courage." - George Bernard Shaw

"Now I find that most of the time, love's not enough, in itself..." - Depeche Mode

"Try to understand that there is more thought-lessness than malice in the world. People are not out to offend you deliberately and maliciously. But all of us are thoughtless at times and do not readily realize that our words and actions are going to hurt people." - Lawrence G. Lovasik, The Hidden Power of Kindness

"Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously." - Norman Vincent Peale

"I was performing at a comedy club and when I said I'm a lesbian, a guy in the audience yelled out, 'Can I watch?' I said, 'Watch me what? Fix my car?'" - Sabrina Matthews

"I don't have to do what others expect of me." - Elizabeth Robinson

"Courage is the greatest of all the virtues. Because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others." - Samuel Johnson

"People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools." - Alice Walker

"One cannot have wisdom without living life." - Dorothy McCall

"Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely." - Adlai Stevenson

"No one can go back and make a brand new start, my friend, but anyone can start from here and make a brand new end." - Dan Zadra

"Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them." - Leo Rosten

"The pioneers of a warless world are the youth who refuse military service." - Albert Einstein

"Some people are so indecisive that their favorite color is plaid." - Bits and Pieces

"I can't complain, but sometimes I still do." - Joe Walsh

"The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it." - Sir William Osler

"The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work." - Robert Frost

"He is one of the best teachers I have had... He is well-organized, presents good lectures, and creates interest in the subject. I hope my comments don't hurt his chances of getting tenure." - MIT student in a teacher review

"For everything you have missed, you have gained something else." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are." - Malcom Forbes

"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." - Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

"Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as being at least a misdemeanor." - Robert A. Heinlein

"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; They're supposed to help you discover who you are." - Bernice Johnson Reagon

"He who studies books alone will know how things ought to be, and he who studies men will know how they are." - C.C. Colton

"Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure." - Don Wilder

"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one." - Marcus Aurelius

"A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday." - Jonathan Swift

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship." - Louisa May Alcott

"If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is required of him, he is a free man." - Chinese Proverb

"The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering!" - Ashleigh Brilliant

"Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly." - Thomas Jefferson

"Con-ser-va-tive, n. A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others." - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

"To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others." - Francois Mauriac

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - Thomas Jefferson

"When I was a kid my parents moved a lot - but I always found them." - Rodney Dangerfield

"The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work." - Robert Frost

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." - Buddha

"I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Your priorities determine your progress." - Mike Tully

"Moral indignation is, in most cases, 2% moral, 48% indignation, and 50% envy." - Vittorio de Sica

"Anger is a thief who steals away the nice moments." - Joan Lunden

"Bad times, hard times - this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times." - St. Augustine

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home." - James Michener

"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted." - Aldous Huxley

"It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"Love is so short,
and forgetting takes so long." - Pablo Neruda

"A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life to be thankful for a good one." - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

"Don't ask a man what kind of computer he uses. If it's a Macintosh, he'll tell you. If not, why embarrass him?" - Tom Clancy

"The recipe for perpetual ignorance is a very simple and effective one: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge." - Elbert Hubbard

"Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly." - Andre Gide

"We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody's weakness." - Bern Williams

"People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made." - Joan Rivers

"How can you thank a man for giving you what's yours?" - Malcolm X

"Pain results from a judgement you have made about a thing. Remove the judgement and the pain disappears." - Neale Donald Walsch

"Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood. But everyone has something to give." - Barbara Bush

"Each of us wages a private battle each day between the grand fantasies we have for ourselves and what actually happens." - Cathy Guisewite

"No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes if for happiness." - Mary Wollstonecraft

"Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do, you apologize for the truth." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Why don't they make the whole plane out of that black box stuff?" - Steven Wright

"We carry within us the wonders we seek without us." - Sir Thomas Browne

"Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful." - Kathleen Winsor

"[The Internet] ... is an amazing communications tool that's bringing the whole world together. I mean, you sit down to sign on to America Online in your hometown, and it's just staggering to think that at the same moment, halfway around the world, in China, someone you've never met is sitting at their computer, hearing the exact same busy signal that you're hearing." - Dennis Miller

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