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We must always change, renew, reju­ve­nate our­selves; oth­er­wise, we hard­en.

— Johann Wolf­gang von Goethe

The qui­eter you become, the more you can hear.

— Ram Dass

We have the abil­i­ty to decide what thoughts we are going to dwell on.

— David DeNo­taris

There are always flow­ers for those who want to see them.

— Hen­ri Matisee

You will dis­cov­er that you have two hands. One is for help­ing your­self and the oth­er is for help­ing oth­ers.

— Audrey Hep­burn

It is one of the most beau­ti­ful com­pen­sa­tions of life, that no man can sin­cere­ly try to help anoth­er with­out help­ing him­self.

— Ralph Wal­do Emer­son

Expe­ri­ence is not what hap­pens to a man. It is what a man does with what hap­pens to him.

— Aldous Hux­ley

When asked if my cup is half-full or half-emp­ty my only response is that I am thank­ful I have a cup.

— Sam Lefkowitz

Hap­pi­ness is a direc­tion, not a place.

— Syd­ney J. Har­ris

Too often we under­es­ti­mate the pow­er of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a lis­ten­ing ear, an hon­est com­pli­ment, or the small­est act of car­ing, all of which have the poten­tial to turn a life around.

— Leo Buscaglia

Pain nour­ish­es courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had won­der­ful things hap­pen to you.

— Mary Tyler Moore

A sad soul can kill you quick­er than a germ.

— John Stein­beck

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s fail­ures, but of the suc­cess that may come tomor­row. You have set your­selves a dif­fi­cult task, but you will suc­ceed if you per­se­vere; and you will find a joy in over­com­ing obsta­cles.

— Helen Keller

If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.

— Chi­nese Proverb

There ain’t much fun in med­i­cine, but there’s a heck of a lot of med­i­cine in fun.

— Josh Billings

Too many peo­ple miss the sil­ver lin­ing because they’re expect­ing gold.

— Mau­rice Set­ter

What­ev­er is flex­i­ble and flow­ing will tend to grow; what­ev­er is rigid and blocked will with­er and die.

— Lao Tsu

To suf­fer­ing there is a lim­it; to fear­ing, none.

— Fran­cis Bacon

The great­est anal­gesic, soporif­ic, stim­u­lant, tran­quil­iz­er, nar­cot­ic, and to some extent even antibi­ot­ic — in short, the clos­est thing to a gen­uine panacea — known to med­ical sci­ence is work.

— Thomas Sza­sz

True reli­gion is the life we live, not the creed we pro­fess, and some day will be rec­og­nized by qual­i­ty and quan­ti­ty, and not by brand.

— J.F. Wright

Words can some­times, in moments of grace, attain the qual­i­ty of deeds.

— Elie Wiesel

The phys­i­cal rhythm of life estab­lished through sen­si­tiv­i­ty to qual­i­ta­tive time mir­rors the ebb and flow of water. Main­tain­ing rhythm is depen­dent on our dai­ly deci­sions con­cern­ing voca­tion, recre­ation and work. Using the image of water roots Water­shed Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty in diver­si­ty and plu­ral­ism. Life in a “vari­ety of forms” implies an empha­sis on inter-reli­gious appre­ci­a­tion and the uni­ver­sal­ist vision.

— Arthur Paul Pat­ter­son

Poor me. There’s noth­ing so sweet as wal­low­ing in it is there? Wal­low­ing is sex for depres­sives.

— Jeanette Win­ter­son

I was hap­py but hap­py is an adult world. You don’t have to ask a child about hap­py, you see it. They are or they are not. Adults talk about being hap­py because large­ly they are not. Talk­ing about it is the same as try­ing to catch the wind. Much eas­i­er to let it blow all over you. This is where I dis­agree with the philoso­phers. They talk about pas­sion­ate things but there is no pas­sion in them. Nev­er talk hap­pi­ness with a philoso­pher.

— Jeanette Win­ter­son

…I thought how easy it is to destroy the past and how dif­fi­cult to for­get it.

— Jeanette Win­ter­son

Things had changed, what an arse­hole com­ment, I had changed things. Things don’t change, they’re not like the sea­sons mov­ing on a diur­nal round. Peo­ple change things. There are vic­tims of change, but not vic­tims of things.

— Jeanette Win­ter­son

Why is the mind inca­pable of decid­ing its own sub­ject mat­ter? Why when we des­per­ate­ly want to think of one thing to we invari­ably think of anoth­er?

— Jeanette Win­ter­son

One always has the idea of a stu­pid man as per­fect­ly healthy and ordi­nary, and of ill­ness as mak­ing one refined and clever and unusu­al.

— Thomas Mann

Every time we start think­ing we’re the cen­ter of the uni­verse, the uni­verse turns around and says with a slight­ly dis­tract­ed air, “Sor­ry. What’d you say your name was again?”

— Mar­garet Maro

Through humor, you can soft­en some of the worst blows that life deliv­ers. And once you find laugh­ter, no mat­ter how painful your sit­u­a­tion might be, you can sur­vive it.

— Bill Cos­by

Any­one can give up, it’s the eas­i­est thing in the world to do. But to hold it togeth­er when every­one else would under­stand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.

— Lao Tsu

Don’t wish me hap­pi­ness — I don’t expect to be hap­py. It’s got­ten beyond that, some­how. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor — I will need them all.

— Anne Mor­row Lind­bergh

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

— Maya Angelou

Any idiot can face a cri­sis; it’s this day-to-day liv­ing that wears you out.

— Anton Chekov

Courage doesn’t always roar. Some­times courage is the qui­et voice at the end of the day say­ing, “I will try again tomor­row.”

— Mary Anne Rad­mach­er

Only by joy and sor­row does a per­son know any­thing about them­selves and their des­tiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.

— Johann Wolf­gang von Goethe

No man ever said on his deathbed, “I wish I had spent more time in the office.”

— Paul Tsongas

If you don’t ask, they can’t say yes.

— Rachel Brice

There is no edu­ca­tion like adver­si­ty.

— Ben­jamin Dis­raeli

Con­sid­er your­self unlucky only if you take up cof­fin mak­ing and peo­ple stop dying.

— Sufi Proverb

A moment is a con­cen­trat­ed eter­ni­ty… All that ever was is now.

— Ralph Wal­do Emer­son

Per­fec­tion­ism is impris­on­ing. As long as I demand it of myself or any­one else, I will nev­er be free….

— Madeleine L’Engle

We can not love each oth­er with­out chang­ing each oth­er. We do not observe the world around us with­out in some way chang­ing it, and being changed our­selves.

— Madeleine L’Engle

And joy is always a promise.

— Madeleine L’Engle

Char­ac­ter may be man­i­fest­ed in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.

— Phillips Brooks

The rich­ness of the human expe­ri­ence would lose some­thing of reward­ing joy if there were no lim­i­ta­tions to over­come.

— Helen Keller

Too many peo­ple over­val­ue what they are not and under­val­ue what they are.

— Mal­com Forbes

One regret, dear world,
That I am deter­mined not to have
When I am lying on my deathbed
Is that
I did not kiss you enough.

— Hafiz

What real­ly mat­ters is what you do with what you have.

— H. G. Wells

Hap­pi­ness belongs to those who are suf­fi­cient unto them­selves. For all exter­nal sources of hap­pi­ness are, by their own nature, high­ly uncer­tain, pre­car­i­ous, ephemer­al, and sub­ject to chance.

— Arthur Schopen­hauer
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