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- It is strange that we do not temper our resentment of criticism with a thought for our many faults which have escaped us.

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- Outstanding leaders appeal to the hearts of their followers - not their minds.

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- Opinions are the cheapest commodities in the world.

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- You know how you hate to be interrupted, so why are you always doing it to me.

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- Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.

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- Religion is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions.

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- If a man defrauds you one time, he is a rascal; if he does it twice, you are a fool.

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- What we are doing at the moment is more that just one thing added to the rest; it is a memoir.

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- Many of us have heard opportunity knocking at our door, but by the time we unhooked the chain, pushed back the bolt, turned two locks, and shuts off the burglar alarm - it was gone.

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- Practicing the Golden Rule is not a sacrifice; it is an investment.

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- Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be.

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- Hate pollutes the mind.

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- Mistakes are a great educator when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them

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- Find expression for a sorrow and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy.

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- Desire for security keeps littleness little and threatens the great with smallness.

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- "Oh," replied his patient, with no malice aforethought, "he told me to come and see you."

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- Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.

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- To feel "fit as a fiddle" you must tone down your middle.

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- The size of a man is measured by the size of the thing that makes him angry.

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- The best way to end a war is not to begin it.

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- Before a man can wake up and find himself famous he has to wake up and find himself.

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- We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.

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- There is one way to handle the ignorant and malicious critic. Ignore him.

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- The greatest paradox of them all is to speak of "civilized warfare."

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- No poet sings because he must sing. At least no great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing.

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- None of us are responsible for all the things that happen to us, but we are responsible for the way we act when they do happen.

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- The secret of success is to do all you can do without thought of success.

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- Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith.

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- Replying to the tributes paid to him at a testimonial dinner, Herbert Bayard Swope said; "I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure. Try to please everybody."

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- Our wisdom comes usually from our experience, and our experience comes largely from our experience.

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- Practical observation commonly consists of collecting a few facts and loading them with guesses.

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- A college education never hurt anybody who was willing to learn after he got it.

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- Happiness is in the heart, not in the circumstances.

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- Luck always seems to be against the man who depends on it.

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- Why keep on enacting laws when we already have more than we can break.

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- Education is not received. It is achieved.

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- A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude or the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security.

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- Courage is always greatest when blended with meekness; intellectual ability is most admired when it sparkles in the setting of modest self-distrust; and never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive any injury.

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- Freedom also includes the right to mismanage your own affairs.

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- People who know the least always argue the most.

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- A good marriage winds up as a meeting of minds, which had better be pretty good to start with.

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- Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

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- Behind every successful man there are usually a lot of unsuccessful years.

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- Shortchange your education now and you may be short of change the rest of your life.

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- A little tact and wise management may often evade resistance, and carry a point, where direct force might be in vain.

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- Like swift water an active mind never stagnates.

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- Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.

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- The biggest shortage of all is the shortage of common sense.

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- One should be more concerned about what his conscience whispers than about what other people shout.

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- The shortest answer is the doing the thing.

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- There are many roads to hate, but envy is the shortest of them all.

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- Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.

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- Children are natural mimics; they act like their parents in spite of every effort to teach them good manners.

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- Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.

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- A conscience is like a baby. It has to go to sleep before you can.

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- Flattery looks like friendship, just like a wolf looks like a dog.

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- One thing you can give and still keep is your word.

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- It would take battalions of angels to protect us from our dreaded dangers, though in a long lifetime few of the dangers come to anything.

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- An expert gossiper knows how much to leave out of a conversation

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- If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, just what does an empty desk mean?

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- "Luck" is a very good word if you put a P before it.

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- Someone has described science as an orderly arrangement of what, at the moment, seems to be facts.

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- So few people think. When we find one who really does, we call him a genius

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- Imagination is the pontoon bridge making way for the timid feet of reason.

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- Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.

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- Life is too short to be taken seriously.

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- The hardest work in the world is that which should have been done yesterday.

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- The truly educated man is that rare individual who can separate reality from illusion.

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- Religion is a man using a divining rod. Philosophy is a man using a pick and shovel.

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- When thoughts fails of words, they find imagination waiting at their elbow to teach a new language without words.

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- Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes

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- Time invested in improving ourselves cuts down on time wasted in disapproving of others.

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- Our children seem to have wonderful taste, or none - depending, of course, on whether or not they agree with us.

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- To live so that you would not be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip, is to have lived well

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- No punishment of the unrighteous has ever been too severe in the eyes of the righteous.

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- Life is tragic for those who have plenty to live on and nothing to live for.

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- Successful men follow the same advice they prescribe for others.

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- It is better to live richly than to die rich.

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- Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

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- Successful leaders have the courage to take action where others hesitate.

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- The written word can be erased - not so with the spoken word.

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- You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea

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- Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquest of it.

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- Advice is the only commodity on the market where the supply always exceeds the demand.

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- Let your friends be the friends of your deliberate choice.

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- It is almost impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside.

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- Many people seem to think that opportunity means a chance to get money without earning it.

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- The more you talk to yourself, the more apt you are to lie.

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- Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.

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- A patient going to a doctor for his first visit was asked, "And whom did you consult before coming to me?"
"Only the village druggist," was the answer.
"And what sort of foolish advice did that numbskull give you?" asked the doctor, his tone and manner denoting his contempt for the advice of the layman.
"Oh," replied his patient, with no malice aforethought, "he told me to come and see you."

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- Some have half-baked ideas because their ideals are not heated up enough.

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- Children begin by loving their parents. As they grow older, they judge them. Sometimes they forgive them.

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- When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.

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- It is a pleasure to give advice, humiliating to need it, normal to ignore it.

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- You can buy education, but wisdom is a gift from God.

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- The guilty catch themselves.

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- Some people lose their health getting wealth and then lose their wealth gaining health.

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- We cannot be too earnest, too persistent, too determined, about living superior to the herd-instinct.

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- A good name, like good will, is attained by many actions and may be lost by one.

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- No poet sings because he must sing. At least no great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing

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- To save time is to lengthen life.

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- It is usually best to be generous with praise, but cautious with criticism.

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- Enthusiasm is very good lubrication for the mind.

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- Most people pay too much for the things they get for nothing.

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

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- The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

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- Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.

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- If wisdom were on sale in the open market, the stupid would not even ask the price.

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- If happiness could be brought, few of us could pay the price.

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- He who ashamed of his poverty would be equally proud of his wealth.

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- Where we go and what we do advertises what we are.

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- Prejudice is the reasoning of fools.

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- There is a growing suspicion that what the world needs now is a religion that will cover the other six days of the week.

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- The best answer to answer to anger is silence.

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- The best mind might be the wisest mind if it were a mind alone that produces wisdom.

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- The man who has strong opinions and always says what he thinks is courageous - and friendless.

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- Make service your first priority, not success and success will follow.

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- If we miraculously became the people we hate, how lovable we would find ourselves.

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- Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind

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- The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.

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- A fellow who says he has never told a lie has just told one.

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- Results are what you expect, and consequences are what you get.

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- If someone offers to furnish a sure test, ask what the test was which made the sure test sure.

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- Good habits are formed; bad habits we fall into.

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- Having supplied them with names, omnipotence, justice, knowledge, Providence, - what are they?

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- After all, life is really simple; we ourselves create the circumstances that complicate it.

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- A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about.

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- The average person living to age 70 has 613,000 hours of life. This is too long a period not to have fun.

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- The best leader is the one who has the sense to surround himself with outstanding people and self-restraint not to meddle with how they do their jobs.

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- A man is getting along on the road to wisdom when he begins to realize that his opinion is just an opinion.

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- Age withers only the outside.

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- Excellence is best described as doing the right things right - selecting the most important things to be done and then accomplishing them 100% correctly.

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- If the truth be known, most successes are built on a multitude of failures.

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- A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.

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- He that boasts of his own knowledge proclaims his ignorance

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- Before a diamond shows its brilliancy and prismatic colors it has to stand a good deal of cutting and smoothing.

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- Hatred is a boomerang which is sure to hit you harder than the one at whom you throw it.

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- We are born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy.

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- When you laugh, be sure to laugh at what people do and not at what people are.

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- A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.

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- The human mind must believe in something, so why not let it believe what it does believe.

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- Nature abhors a vacuum. When a head lacks brains, nature fills it with conceit.

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- If you had it all to do over, would you fall in love with yourself again?

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- Get into the habit of asking yourself if what you are doing can be handled by someone else.

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- Love is to man an embarrassment, even a word; it is to a woman an excuse for existence, especially the word.

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- The good Lord gave me a brain that works so fast that in one moment I can worry as much as it would take others a whole year to achieve.

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- Create the kind of climate in your organization where personal growth is expected, recognized and rewarded.

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- Peace may cost as much as war, but it is a better buy.

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- Too many people run out of ideas long before they run out of words.

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- Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which marks the difference between the leaders in every activity and the laggards who put in just enough to "get by."

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- Think highly of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate.

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- Few cases of eyestrain have been developed by looking on the bright side of things.

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- Peace won by the compromise of principles is a short-lived achievement.

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- Friendship is a living thing that lasts only as long as it is nourished with kindness, empathy and understanding.

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- Catch your people doing something right and let them know you appreciate it.

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- Cheerfulness greases the axles of the world.

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- Friendship is love with understanding.

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- Vacant minds must have their uses, yet it seems a pity to waste first-class bodies on them.

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- Acknowledgment - If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.

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- People are changed, not by coercion or intimidation, but by example.

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- Many things are worse than defeat,and compromise with evil is one of them.

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- Thinking things has been done through the ages; knowing things remains to be done.

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- Every success is built on the ability to do better than good enough.

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- One thing about the school of experience is that it will repeat the lesson if you flunk the first time.

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- The deadliest contagion is majority opinion.

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- So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.

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- Spare minutes are the Gold-dust of time; the portions of life most fruitful in good and evil; the gaps through which temptations enter.

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- Perpetual worry will get you to one place ahead of time - the cemetery.

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- A patient man is one who can put up with himself.

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- No one finds life worth living; he must make it worth living.

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- The brain that bubbles with phrases has hard work to collect its thoughts.

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- "What made the deepest impression upon you?" inquired a friend one day of Lincoln, "when you stood in the presence of the Falls of Niagara, the greatest of natural wonders?" ---- "The thing that stuck me most forcibly when I saw the Falls," Lincoln responded with the characteristic deliberation, "was where in the world did all that water come from?"

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- Our five senses are incomplete without the sixth - a sense of humor.

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- An expert knows all the answers - if you ask the right questions.

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- Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.

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- Opportunities are often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be listening.

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- If you look for the positive things in life; you will find them.

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- It is impossible to make wisdom hereditary.

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- You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. You cannot escape the results of your thoughts.

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- If people did not prefer reaping to sowing, there would not be a hungry person in the land.

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- One look around us ought to show that all our arbitrary measures and bounds have been clamped on us by mankind.

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- It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before.

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- Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted

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- The price is what you pay; the value is what you receive.

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- Early civilizations complained about still earlier ones, much as we do about both

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- Nine out of ten people who change their minds are wrong the second time too.

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- Humor - the perfect relationship of the parts to the whole.

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- It never occurs to some politicians that Lincoln is worth imitating as well as quoting.

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- A good laugh is sunshine in a house.

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- One of the weaknesses of our age is our apparent inability to distinguish our need from our greed.

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- A great fortune in the hands of a fool is a great misfortune.

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- Where ambition ends happiness begins.

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- Beware of the man who knows the answer before he understands the question.

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- Nothing improves the memory more than trying to forget.

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- If you would attain greatness, think no little thoughts.

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- The tipping custom originated in England when small sums were dropped into a box marked T.I.P.S. --TO INSURE PROMPT SERVICE.