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"A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat."
Louis L'Amour

"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding." Khalil Gibran

"I’ve learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you, all you can do is be someone who can be loved ." Anon

"There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth - we are all crew." Marshall McLuan

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." Anon

"It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship.
Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment,
it will not be created for years or even generations." Khalil Gibran

"Live by the 3 R's
R espect for self
R espect for others
R esponsibility for all your actions"

"When you lose, don’t lose the lesson" 
Author unknown

"Remember that not getting what you want in life can be a wonderful stroke of luck" Dalai Lama 
"Judge your success by what you had to give in order to get it" Dalai Lama

"Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon ." Dalai Lama

"The purpose of man is to live, not to exist." Jack London

"The measure of love is to love without measure." Saint Augustine

"There is more to life than increasing it's speed." Mahatma Gandhi

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." Dom Helder Camara

"Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching." Satchel Paige

"The earth on which we live silently remembers the catastrophies of our history; but if we listen to the silence of the earth it will remind us of the fate of those who lived before us, and from whose suffering we may yet learn." Anon

"Knows but doesn't know he knows... asleep, wake him up.
Knows he doesn't know... teach him, good man.
Doesn't know he doesn't know... a fool, avoid him.
Knows he knows... wise, follow him... " Anon

"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." Chinese Proverb

"To be great, be whole; exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is you.
Be whole in everything. Put all you are into the smallest thing you do.
The whole moon gleams in every pool, it rides so high." Ricardo Reis, Fernando Pessoa

"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we must all be aware of changes in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness" Justice William O. Douglas

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles overcome whilst trying to succeed" Booker T Washington

"To Speak or NOT to Speak
If it is not truthful and not helpful don't say it
If it is Truthful and not helpful don't say it.
If it is Not truthful and helpful don't say it
If it is both Truthful and Helpful ...Wait for the right time" Buddhist Quote

"Roots are the branches down in the earth. Branches are roots in the air."
"The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful."
Stray Birds by Rabindranath Tagore

"However great the hardship
Pursue with firmness the happy ending " The Tirukkural

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong " Mahatma Gandhi

"Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward " Soren Kierkegaard

"The greatest freedom of all - is not having the fear of losing" Unknown

"Failure is not in falling down, it's in not getting up again" Unknown

"If you’re going through hell, keep going!" Winston Churchill

"Peace will come when we replace the love of power with the power of love." Sri Chinmoy

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph.....is for good men to do nothing." Winston Churchill

"You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him learn it within himself." Galileo

"Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them." Albert Enstein

"The pioneers of peace are the young people who refuse to take up arms." Albert Enstein

"Silence is the Mother of Truth, for the silent man was ever to be trusted, while the man ever ready with speech was never taken seriously." Chief Luther Standing Bear, (Teton Sioux)

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Oscar Wilde

"I am not afraid of storms, for I have learned how to sail my ship." Louisa May Alcott

"The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities,
But to know someone who thinks and feels with us,
And who, though distant, is close to us in spirit,
This makes the earth for us, an inhabited garden." Goethe

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." Louisa May Alcott

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain

"Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death." Harold Wilson

"The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states." Mahatma Gandhi

"Be excellent to each other." Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

"Making miracles is hard work, most people give up before they happen." Sheryl Crow

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." W. B. Yeats

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Alvin Toffler

"I will be walking in the middle of your soul." Oklahoma Cherokee love incantation

"Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

"Remember you were not put on this earth because you deserved to be here. You were put on this earth to smell the roses." Anon

"I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either." Jack Benny


"Let the beauty we love be what we do." Rumi


"The past is fascinating but it's where to learn from, the future is where we want to live." Unknown


"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift."Albert Einstein


"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." Albert Einstein


"The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way it's animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi


"When elephants fight, ants get killed." Cambodian Proverb


"War what is it good for? It's good for business." Billy Bragg

“Many things in life will catch your eye but few will catch your heart... Pursue those” Anon

"A mind that has been stretched will never return to it's original dimension." Albert Einstein

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop

"I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud" Jung

"Nothing is worth more than this day." Goethe

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain." Kahlil Gibran

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

"Driving ambition is the last refuge of the failure." Oscar Wilde

"Words have wings... so speak good things." Anon

"May you live a thousand years, and I a thousand less one day, that I might never know the world without you." Hungarian Proverb

"People only get lost in thought because it is unfamiliar territory." Paul Fix

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming more interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you." Dale Carnegie

"Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking." J. C. Watts

"Love means to love that which is unloveable. Otherwise it is no virtue at all." G. K. Chesterton

"Sometimes nothing is so soothing as an uninterrupted whine, followed by a warm bath of sympathy." Unknown

"Dreams are essential to life." Anais Nin

"It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, than you are indeed a man of true wisdom."Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"To revel in the wonders of life, to think, to remember, to dream - this is to know happiness." Giancarlo Di Gratsi

"This world is but a canvas to our imaginations." Henry David Thoreau

"I've dreamt dreams in my life that have stayed with me ever after." Emily Bronte

"The only thing I know, is that I know nothing." Socrates

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" Robert Browning

"Do or do not there is no try." Yoda, Star Wars

"Life is a cycle, always in motion, if good times have moved on so will times of trouble!" Indian Proverb

"If you see someone without a smile... give them one of yours!" Author unknown

"The best things in life are not things." Author unknown

"Be good to yourself 'cause nobody else has the power to make you happy." George Michael

"When you've seen beyond yourself - then you may find peace of mind, is waiting there - And the time will come when you see we're all one, and life flows on within you and without you." Within You Without You' by George Harrison (The Beatles)

"Peace is not a season... it is a way of life. When the spirit of Peace becomes a part of our lives, everyday will be Christmas and every night will hold the promise of dawn." An old Christmas card

"Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and stars; you have a right to be here, and whether or not it is clear to you; no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should." 'Desiderata', Max Ehrmann

"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before." Mae West

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." The Dalai Lama

"If you cannot be kind, at least have the decency to be vague." Unknown

"Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year." Unknown

"Life is like a finger, pointing to the Moon. If you look at the finger... you will miss all the heavenly glory."
Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee tells his pupil

"Humility is not a punishment. It is a Virtue." Anon

"Stand facing the sun and the shadows fall behind you." from a school blackboard in Whitby

"Accept me as I am, so that I may learn what I become." Anonymous

"To the world you are someone, but to someone you are the world." Unknown

"It is a brave and honest person who can stand apart from the masses and openly challenge its most treasured beliefs." Donna Evans

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall - think of it, ALWAYS." Mahatma Gandhi

"Friendship with the upright, with the truthful and with the well informed is beneficial. Friendship with those who flatter, with those who are meek and who compromise with principles, and with those who talk cleverly is harmful." Confucius

"It's OK to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation." Helen Keller

"Be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others; even the dull and ignorant. They, too, have their story."Author unknown - dated 1692.

"The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we appear to be." Socrates

"The only true failure in life is to stop trying." Author Unknown

"The possibility that we may fail in the struggle should not deter us from supporting a cause we believe to be just." Abraham Lincoln

"The man who moved a mountain is the one who started taking away the small stones." Old Chinese Proverb

"Mistrust all in whom the desire to punish is imperative." Goethe

"I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud." Carl Jung

"Follow your dreams and pursue them with courage." Unknown

"And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now.Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, evolve some distant day into the answer." Rainer Maria Rilke

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein

"If you can't be a good example, you'll have to be a terrible warning." Catherine Aird

"Age and treachery will always win out over youth and skill." Fridge Magnet

"Words have wings - so speak good things." Anonymous

"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." Susan Jeffries

"Laugh, share some happiness with the world. God knows we all have problems, believe that sometimes it pays to act like a fool to make someone else happy!" Anon

"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it. This you have the power to revoke." Marcus Aurelius

"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup." Unknown

"The rainbow would not be without first the rain." D Donche Jr

"Into every life a little rain must fall." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"You will never possess what you are unwilling to pursue." Mike Murdock

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot

"We are each of us responsible for the evil we may have prevented." James Martineau

"Don't chase your dreams, catch them." Unknown

"To live at all is miracle enough." Mervyn Peake

"The caterpillar does not understand the butterfly." Unknown

"The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." Lily Tomlin

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." Leo Tolstoy

"Experience is the toughest teacher because she gives the test first, and then the lesson." Unknown

"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it." Somerset Maugham

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I never take counsel of my fears." General George Patton

"You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now." Joan Baez

"I always knew that one day I would take this road but yesterday I did not know today would be the day." Nagarjuna

"I am still learning." Michelangelo

"Arise, awake and don't stop until the goal is achieved." Swami Vivekananda

"I set my star so high that I would constantly be in motion toward it." Sidney Poitier

"You can tell a great deal about a society by the way they treat their elderly, their prisoners and their pets." Unknown

"By perseverance the snail reached the Ark." Charles Spurgeon

"To life's simple pleasures, and its finer things: may we always have the wisdom to appreciate all of the former, and the means to afford a few of the latter."Laura L. Hirschfeld

"These are muddy water days, but upstream the brook runs clear and sparkles in the sunlight. So give me my oars and I shall paddle us there." Melanie Porter

"People only get lost in thought because it is unfamiliar territory." Paul Fix

"You can make more friends in 2 months by becoming more interested in other people than you can in 2 years by trying to get people interested in you." Dale Carnegie

"Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking." J. C. Watts

"Love means to love that which is unlovable. Otherwise it is no virtue at all." G. K. Chesterton

"Sometimes nothing is so soothing as an uninterrupted whine, followed by a warm bath of sympathy." Unknown

"Now is a rushing river. There are those who would hug the shore, but there is no shore. Push off into the stream. Hold your head above the frey. See who else is in the midst of things, and celebrate." Native American saying

"Nothing has any power over me other than that which I give it through my conscious thoughts." Anthony Robbins

"For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward." Jim Rohn

"He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still" Lao-Tzu

"Worry about the things you can control..." James R. Macaulay

"Freedom is necessary for honesty, honesty for integrity, integrity for power, power for creativity, and all of them for intimacy." Sonia Johnson

"Think of all the beauty still left around us and be happy." Anne Frank

"History is dedicated to those who went before us, so that, upon reflection, we can learn from them, without repeating their mistakes, experiencing or inflicting their pain." Anon

"All of us are stars and deserve the right to twinkle." Marilyn Monroe

"'Come to the edge', he said. They said, 'We are afraid.'
'Come to the edge', he said. They came. He pushed them. And they flew." Guillaume Appolinaire

"It's OK to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation." Helen Keller

"Man needs a little madness - Or else he never dare cut the rope and be free." Unknown

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far they can really go." T.S. Eliot

"The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we appear to be." Socrates

"The only true failure in life is to stop trying." Unknown

"The possibility that we may fail in the struggle should not deter us from supporting a cause we believe to be just." Abraham Lincoln

"The man who moved a mountain is the one who started taking away the small stones." Old Chinese Proverb

"Fall down seven times, get up eight." Unknown

"Friendship with the upright, with the truthful and with the well informed is beneficial. Friendship with those who flatter, with those who are meek and who compromise with principles, and with those who talk cleverly is harmful." Confucius

"An extraordinary person is just an ordinary person doing the right thing." Claud Moutray (Rebecca's Father)

"Opening one's heart can be accomplished either surgically or spiritually" Unknown

"To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground." Stephen R Covey

"A hundred years from now it will not matter the sort of house I lived in, what my bank account was, or the car I drove...but the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child or one of God's creatures on this earth." Anon

"Be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting - So...get on your way!" Dr Seuss

"It takes a special kind of person to fight back." Terry Pratchett

"If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." J K Rowling

"Teach love, for that is what you are." George Eliot

"What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?" George Eliot

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of thier passion." Martha Graham

"The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away." Joy J. Golliver

"And you learn...That you really can endure..that you really do have strength..That you really can endure..and you learn... and you learn... and you learn....with every goodbye you learn." Hannah Price

"One touch is worth 10,000 words." Harold Bloomfield

"The turtle only makes progress when it's neck is stuck out" Rollo May

"Now I become myself, it's taken many years and places, I have been dissolved and shaken, worn other peoples faces ..." Mary Sarton

"To acknowledge, to accept, and to forgive one's parents - both what they gave and what they did not give, both one's dependence upon them and one's independence of them - is the ultimate hallmark of maturity: a perception as valid for institutions as for individuals." Ernest Kurtz

"To be young, really young, takes a very long time." Pablo Picasso

"If you live your life out of memory, you live out of your history. That's what once was. If you live out of your imagination, you live out of your potential. That's what can be." Unknown

"Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of others, but from doing something worthwhile." Wilfred Grenfell

"We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just leave it in the cupboard and think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it, to really look after it and nurture it." John Lennon

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." e e cummings

"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." Victor Hugo

"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." Isaac Asimov

"The way to love anything is to realise it might be lost." G K Chesterton

"People do not lack strength; they lack will." Victor Hugo

"Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self-same well from which your laughter arises was often-times filled with your tears." Kahlil Gibran

"The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping." Claudius Claudianus

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

"The longest day you'll ever have is only 24 hours long." Author unknown

"Disappointment is simply a dream that doesn’t want to become a reality." Richard Wilkins

"Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears." Richard Wilkins

"The imagination is a dream factory of which realities are a by-product."Richard Wilkins

"Wonderful things start to happen when you dream outside of your sleep." Richard Wilkins

"If you want to be happy, Be." Author unknown

"A smile costs nothing, but gives much." Anon

"A moral sensible and well-bred man will not affront me, and no other can." Author unknown

"Were it not better to forget, than to remember and regret." Author unknown

"He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself." Author unknown

"Ignorance pardons nothing, but explains much." Author unknown

"You cannot always be torn in two. You will have to be one and whole, for many years. You have so much to enjoy and to be, and to do." J R Tolkein

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexeplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." Douglas Adams

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." William James

"Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow." Goethe

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." J K Rowling

"A man is but a product of his thoughts; what he thinks, that he becomes." Mohandas K. Gandhi

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." Eden Phillpotts

"Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground." Author unknown

"I ask God: 'How much time do I have left?' and God replies: 'Enough to make a difference'." Author unknown

"You should not worry about whether you are going to live or die; you should worry about whether you are doing right or wrong." Ernest Hemingway

"Happiness is a way of travelling, not a destination." Author unknown

"According to recognised aerotechnical tests, the bumblebee cannot fly because of the shape and weight of his body in relation to the total wing area. But the bumblebee doesn't know this, so he goes ahead and flies anyway." Anon

"We are each of us angels with only one wing. And we can only fly embracing each other." Luciano de Crescenzo

"Learn to bend. It's better than breaking." Leo Buscaglia

"We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other." Teilhard de Chardin

"Because of the interconnectedness of all minds, affirming a positive vision may be a bout the most sophisticated action any one of us can take." Willis Harman, President, The Institute of Noetic Sciences

"There is no love where there is no will" Mahatma Gandhi

"It is important to honour our beginings, to remember that we matter, and that we have a place in this world that no one else has." Anon

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it" Goethe


"Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs from climbing it." Author unknown

"Life is tough, but I am tougher." Author unknown

"Never judge your success by how high up the ladder you get, judge it by how high you bounce when you fall off and hit the bottom." Anon

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