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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
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Oscar Wilde
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You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.
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William W. Purkey
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Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
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Mahatma Gandhi
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
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Martin Luther King Jr. (A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches)
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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
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Mahatma Gandhi
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We accept the love we think we deserve.
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Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
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Without music, life would be a mistake.
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Friedrich Nietzsche (Twilight of the Idols)
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Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
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Marilyn Monroe
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There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
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Albert Einstein
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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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Oscar Wilde (Lady Windermere's Fan)
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Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
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Neil Gaiman (Coraline)
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Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.
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Bil Keane
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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
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Thomas A. Edison
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I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
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Albert Einstein
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The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
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Elie Wiesel
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It is never too late to be what you might have been.
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George Eliot
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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
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Maya Angelou (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou's Autobiography, #1))
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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...
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Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)
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Everything you can imagine is real.
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Pablo Picasso
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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
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C.S. Lewis
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Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
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George Bernard Shaw
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To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
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J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1))
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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
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Theodore Roosevelt
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Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
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Winston S. Churchill
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When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
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Helen Keller
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So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.
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Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
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Do one thing every day that scares you.
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Eleanor Roosevelt
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Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
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Shel Silverstein
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And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
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Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
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You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us. And the world will live as one.
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John Lennon
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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (Mother Night)
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It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
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Lewis Carroll
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We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
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Veronica Roth (Divergent (Divergent, #1))
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It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
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Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
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What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.
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Maya Angelou (Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now)
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A person's a person, no matter how small.
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Dr. Seuss (Horton Hears a Who!)
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You can't live your life for other people. You've got to do what's right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.
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Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook (The Notebook, #1))
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When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
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Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
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Well-behaved women seldom make history.
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Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History)
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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
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Audrey Hepburn
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Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.
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Eleanor Roosevelt
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I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.
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Herbert Bayard Swope
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
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Margaret Mead
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Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.
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Langston Hughes
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Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.
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Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, Vol. 6: Fables & Reflections)
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Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
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Dalai Lama XIV
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Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
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Gustave Flaubert
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Peace begins with a smile..
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Mother Teresa
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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
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C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves)
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I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
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George Orwell (1984)
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Don't think or judge, just listen.
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Sarah Dessen (Just Listen)
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May you live every day of your life.
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Jonathan Swift
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Whatever you are, be a good one.
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Abraham Lincoln
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Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.
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Thomas Szasz
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Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.
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Rick Riordan (The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1))
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And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
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Antoine de Saint-ExupΓ©ry (The Little Prince)
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First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.
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Nicholas Klein
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Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
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Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad ar-Rumi)
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When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.
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Mahatma Gandhi
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Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
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L.M. Montgomery
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You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
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A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1))
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Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.
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Emily Dickinson
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Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
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Haruki Murakami (What I Talk About When I Talk About Running)
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If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.
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Chad Sugg (Monsters Under Your Head)
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The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..
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John Milton (Paradise Lost (Hackett Classics))
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Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
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William Shakespeare (The Tempest)
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I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
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Albert Einstein
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We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
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Maya Angelou
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Always do what you are afraid to do.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.
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Arthur Schopenhauer
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What's meant to be will always find a way
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Trisha Yearwood
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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
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Martin Luther King Jr. (I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World)
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In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.
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Walt Disney Company (Mulan (Disney Princess))
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It is so hard to leaveβ€”until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.
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John Green (Paper Towns)
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Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.
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Lloyd Alexander
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Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
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J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1))
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Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (...) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.
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John Green (Looking for Alaska)
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And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.
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Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore)
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I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
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Robert Fulghum (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts On Common Things)
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He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it; Who has left the world better than he found it, Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; Whose life was an inspiration; Whose memory a benediction.
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Bessie Anderson Stanley (More Heart Throbs Volume Two in Prose and Verse Dear to the American People And by them contributed as a Supplement to the original $10,000 Prize Book HEART THROBS)
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[...]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes β€œAwww!
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Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
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This life is what you make it. No matter what, you're going to mess up sometimes, it's a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you're going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends - they'll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything - they're your true best friends. Don't let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they'll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them - actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can't give up because if you give up, you'll never find your soulmate. You'll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don't, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.
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Marilyn Monroe
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When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down β€˜happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
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John Lennon
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You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won't mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever.... connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.
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C. JoyBell C.
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When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen (Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life)
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Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.
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Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)
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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
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Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles")
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He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.
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Bob Marley
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There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life. " Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, 'Wait and Hope.
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Alexandre Dumas
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For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone. ... We leave you a tradition with a future. The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete. People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed. Never throw out anybody. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Your β€œgood old days” are still ahead of you, may you have many of them.
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Sam Levenson (In One Era & Out the Other)
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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
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Theodore Roosevelt
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Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
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Christian D. Larson (Your Forces and How to Use Them)