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The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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William Shakespeare (As You Like It)
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It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.
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Maurice Switzer (Mrs. Goose, Her Book (Classic Reprint))
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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).
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Mark Twain
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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
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Isaac Asimov
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When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.
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Jess C. Scott (The Intern)
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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
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Aristotle
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The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
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Socrates
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Angry people are not always wise.
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Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
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Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
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John Lennon
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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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In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
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Mark Twain
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May you live every day of your life.
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Jonathan Swift
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Never laugh at live dragons.
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J.R.R. Tolkien
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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
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Aristotle (Metaphysics)
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The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
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Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
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Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
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Albert Einstein
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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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Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
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Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
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The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.
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Abigail Van Buren
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Think before you speak. Read before you think.
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Fran Lebowitz (The Fran Lebowitz Reader)
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Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.
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Isaac Asimov (Foundation (Foundation, #1))
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The unexamined life is not worth living.
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Socrates
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Turn your wounds into wisdom.
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Oprah Winfrey
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The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
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Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
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The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
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Mark Twain (The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain)
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There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.
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Patrick Rothfuss (The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2))
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By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
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Confucius
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It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.
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J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)
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You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
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Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls)
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Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
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Martin Luther King Jr. (A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.)
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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
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Rumi
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It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
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Leo Tolstoy (The Kreutzer Sonata)
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God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.
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Elbert Hubbard
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The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
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Maya Angelou
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I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
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Albert Einstein
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Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
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Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)
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The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
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Friedrich Nietzsche
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Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
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H.L. Mencken
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Follow your heart, listen to your inner voice, stop caring about what others think.
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Roy T. Bennett (The Light in the Heart)
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Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
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George Orwell
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Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.
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Kahlil Gibran
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The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.
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Albert Einstein
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You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
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Colette
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It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.
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Albert Einstein
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The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.
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Marjorie Pay Hinckley
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I'm not young enough to know everything.
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J.M. Barrie (The Admirable Crichton)
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The past has no power over the present moment.
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Eckhart Tolle
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Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.
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Paulo Coelho
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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
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Truman Capote
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We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
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Joseph Campbell
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Don't Gain The World & Lose Your Soul, Wisdom Is Better Than Silver Or Gold.
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Bob Marley
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Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens
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Jimi Hendrix
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You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection
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Sharon Salzberg
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Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.
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Terry Pratchett
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Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Literary Remains, Vol. 1)
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The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.
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Thomas Paine (A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America)
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In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.
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Benjamin Franklin
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We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.
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Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)
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Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.
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Rick Riordan (The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1))
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Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.
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Yogi Berra (When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes)
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Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
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Rumi (Masnavi i Man'avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula)
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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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The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
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Michel de Montaigne
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I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.
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Bruce Lee
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He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
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Confucius
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There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.
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Paulo Coelho (The Fifth Mountain)
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The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
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Voltaire
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Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
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John Keats (Letters of John Keats)
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All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope
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Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo)
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We learn from failure, not from success!
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Bram Stoker (Dracula)
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Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy
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Ludwig van Beethoven
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Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
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Robert Frost
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Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failureβ€”they can be turned into wisdom.
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Cat Cora
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We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.
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T.S. Eliot (Four Quartets)
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Never, never, never give in!
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Winston S. Churchill
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Perhaps the rare and simple pleasure of being seen for what one is compensates for the misery of being it.
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Margaret Drabble
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Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.
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Mae West (Wit & Wisdom of Mae West)
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We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
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Oscar Wilde
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Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
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Baltasar GraciΓ‘n (The Art of Worldly Wisdom)
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All knowledge hurts.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1))
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Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.
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Helen Keller
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Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
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Socrates
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It is wise to direct your anger towards problems -- not people; to focus your energies on answers -- not excuses.
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William Arthur Ward
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I think I've discovered the secret of life -- you just hang around until you get used to it.
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Charles M. Schulz
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Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
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Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
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Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
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Anne Bradstreet
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Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.
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Patrick Rothfuss (The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2))
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It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
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Mahatma Gandhi
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Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.
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Stephen Hawking
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Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
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Elizabeth Gaskell (Wives and Daughters)
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There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are, or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don't help them by doing the job yourself.
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Laurell K. Hamilton
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In youth, it was a way I had, To do my best to please. And change, with every passing lad To suit his theories. But now I know the things I know And do the things I do, And if you do not like me so, To hell, my love, with you.
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Dorothy Parker (The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker)
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Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
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Leo F. Buscaglia
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Never complain, never explain. Resist the temptation to defend yourself or make excuses.
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Brian Tracy
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Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.
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Thomas Jefferson
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Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.
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Coco Chanel (Believing in Ourselves: The Wisdom of Women)
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Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
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Abraham Lincoln
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If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Those sweet lips. My, oh my, I could kiss those lips all night long. Good things come to those who wait.
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Jess C. Scott (The Intern)
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Time is a game played beautifully by children.
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Heraclitus (Fragments)
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The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.
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Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)
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It is one thing to be clever and another to be wise.
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George R.R. Martin
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Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
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A.A. Milne
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The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.
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Oscar Wilde (The Soul of Man Under Socialism, and Selected Critical Prose)
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Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
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Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha)
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Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
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Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
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Francis Bacon (The Essays)
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Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.
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Michael Levine
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Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.
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Rumi
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Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.
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Elbert Hubbard (The Roycroft Dictionary Concocted By Ali Baba And The Bunch On Rainy Days (1914))
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We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
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Alan W. Watts
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Guard well your thoughts when alone and your words when accompanied.
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Roy T. Bennett
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All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.
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Mae West (Wit & Wisdom of Mae West)
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I ask not for any crown But that which all may win; Nor try to conquer any world Except the one within.
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Louisa May Alcott
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The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.
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George Orwell (In Front of Your Nose: 1945-1950 (The Collected Essays, Journalism & Letters, Vol. 4))
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As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.
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J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1))
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You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
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Sharon Salzberg
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The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.
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Theodore Roosevelt
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I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
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Plato (The Republic)
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I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
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Neil Gaiman
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Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
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Albert Einstein
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I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
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Umberto Eco (Foucault's Pendulum)
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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
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Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
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Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.
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Karl Lagerfeld
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He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
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J.R.R. Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1))
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
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Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)
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I am looking for friends. What does that mean -- tame?" "It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. "It means to establish ties." "To establish ties?" "Just that," said the fox. "To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world....
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Antoine de Saint-ExupΓ©ry (The Little Prince)
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The human heart will never wrinkle.
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Marie de Rabutin-Chantal de SΓ©vignΓ© (Letters of Madame de SΓ©vignΓ© to her Daughter and her Friends, Volume 2 (Selected))
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People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?
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Brian Tracy
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A fit, healthy bodyβ€”that is the best fashion statement
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Jess C. Scott
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Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.
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Richard Bach (Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah)
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I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands/and wrote my will across the sky in stars
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T.E. Lawrence (Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph)
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We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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Wise? No, I simply learned to think.
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Christopher Paolini (Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2))
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Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST.
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Frank Zappa
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When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em.
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Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
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All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
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T.E. Lawrence (Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph)
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It takes a very long time to become young.
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Pablo Picasso
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It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!
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Robert T. Kiyosaki
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People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does.
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Michel Foucault (Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason)
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He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." [On British Labour politician Stafford Cripps.]
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Winston S. Churchill (Wealth, War, and Wisdom)
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I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
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Abraham Lincoln
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People have to forgive. We don't have to like them, we don't have to be friends with them, we don't have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don't we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!
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C. JoyBell C.
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I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they?
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Jess C. Scott (Wicked Lovely)
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The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.
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Dan Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives)
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I AM IGNORANT of absolute truth. But I am humble before my ignorance and therein lies my honor and my reward.
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Kahlil Gibran
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Can you surf really well, then?" I looked at Grover, who was trying hard not to laugh. "Jeez, Nico," I said. "I've never really tried." He went on asking questions. Did I fight a lot with Thalia, since she was a daughter of Zeus? (I didn't answer that one.) If Annabeth's mother was Athena, the goddess of wisdom, then why didn't Annabeth know better than to fall off a cliff? (I tried not to strangle Nico for asking that one.) Was Annabeth my girlfriend? (At this point, I was ready to stick the kid in a meat-flavored sack and throw him to the wolves.)
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Rick Riordan
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The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
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William James
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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things..
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Henry David Thoreau (Civil Disobedience and Other Essays)
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One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.
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John O'Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)
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A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
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Baltasar GraciΓ‘n (The Art of Worldly Wisdom)
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Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop Than when we soar.
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William Wordsworth (The Excursion 1814 (Revolution And Romanticism, 1789 1834))
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It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,
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Amit Ray (Meditation: Insights and Inspirations)
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Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own.
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Joss Whedon
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Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.
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Edna St. Vincent Millay
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There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
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J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit, or There and Back Again)
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Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.
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Gabriel GarcΓ­a MΓ‘rquez (Love in the Time of Cholera)
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The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
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Thomas Szasz
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Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What's a sundial in the shade?
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Benjamin Franklin
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A smart person knows how to talk. A wise person knows when to be silent.
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Roy T. Bennett
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Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors.
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Carl Sagan (Cosmos)
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No man is poor who has a Godly mother.
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Abraham Lincoln
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No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.
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Ernest Hemingway (A Farewell to Arms)
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It's not enough to be nice in life. You've got to have nerve.
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Georgia O'Keeffe
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But magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife. Is a knife evil? Only if the wielder is evil.
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Rick Riordan (The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4))
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Sometimes it's not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don't mean.
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Bob Dylan
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A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.
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Gautama Buddha (The Dhammapada: The Sayings of the Buddha)
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If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door
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Milton Berle
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This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor...Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
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Rumi
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Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.
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William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
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Pain is a pesky part of being human, I've learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can't be escaped. But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing. Pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air! We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give us that wind against our faces.
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C. JoyBell C.
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Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying β€œyes” begins things. Saying β€œyes” is how things grow. Saying β€œyes” leads to knowledge. β€œYes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say β€œyes'.
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Stephen Colbert
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Dignity /ˈdignitΔ“/ noun 1. The moment you realize that the person you cared for has nothing intellectually or spiritually to offer you, but a headache. 2. The moment you realize God had greater plans for you that don’t involve crying at night or sad Pinterest quotes. 3. The moment you stop comparing yourself to others because it undermines your worth, education and your parent’s wisdom. 4. The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter. 5. The moment you realize that no one is your enemy, except yourself. 6. The moment you realize that you can have everything you want in life. However, it takes timing, the right heart, the right actions, the right passion and a willingness to risk it all. If it is not yours, it is because you really didn’t want it, need it or God prevented it. 7. The moment you realize the ghost of your ancestors stood between you and the person you loved. They really don't want you mucking up the family line with someone that acts anything less than honorable. 8. The moment you realize that happiness was never about getting a person. They are only a helpmate towards achieving your life mission. 9. The moment you believe that love is not about losing or winning. It is just a few moments in time, followed by an eternity of situations to grow from. 10. The moment you realize that you were always the right person. Only ignorant people walk away from greatness.
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Shannon L. Alder
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That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending - performing. You get to love your pretence. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act - and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you're trying to steal their most precious possession.
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Jim Morrison
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The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.
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C. JoyBell C.
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Inventory: "Four be the things I am wiser to know: Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe. Four be the things I'd been better without: Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt. Three be the things I shall never attain: Envy, content, and sufficient champagne. Three be the things I shall have till I die: Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.
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Dorothy Parker (The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker)
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Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
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C.S. Lewis
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1. Be Impeccable With Your Word Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. 2. Don't Take Anything Personally Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering. 3. Don't Make Assumptions Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. 4. Always Do Your Best Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
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Miguel Ruiz
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Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn't ask for anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly. Love, truth, beauty, wisdom and consolation against death. Who had said that? Someone else who loved books.
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Cornelia Funke (Inkheart (Inkworld, #1))
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Our lives are not as limited as we think they are; the world is a wonderfully weird place; consensual reality is significantly flawed; no institution can be trusted, but love does work; all things are possible; and we all could be happy and fulfilled if we only had the guts to be truly free and the wisdom to shrink our egos and quit taking ourselves so damn seriously.
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Tom Robbins
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Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart...no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.
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Robert A. Heinlein
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There are women who make things better... simply by showing up. There are women who make things happen. There are women who make their way. There are women who make a difference. And women who make us smile. There are women of wit and wisdom who- through strength and courage- make it through. There are women who change the world everyday... Women like you.
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Ashley Rice
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since feeling is first who pays any attention to the syntax of things will never wholly kiss you; wholly to be a fool while Spring is in the world my blood approves, and kisses are a far better fate than wisdom lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry --the best gesture of my brain is less than your eyelids' flutter which says we are for eachother: then laugh, leaning back in my arms for life's not a paragraph And death i think is no parenthesis
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E.E. Cummings
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Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what is convenient. How can you say you love one person when there are ten thousand people in the world that you would love more if you ever met them? But you'll never meet them. All right, so we do the best we can. Granted. But we must still realize that love is just the result of a chance encounter. Most people make too much of it. On these grounds a good fuck is not to be entirely scorned. But that's the result of a chance meeting too. You're damned right. Drink up. We'll have another.
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Charles Bukowski
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It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what." [I saw hate in a graveyard -- Stephen Fry, The Guardian, 5 June 2005]
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Stephen Fry
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For the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth - that Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.
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Viktor E. Frankl (Man's Search for Meaning)
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We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves. I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.
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Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient)
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The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud --- the obstacles of life and its suffering. ... The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. ... Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.
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Goldie Hawn
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Hey, can I see that sword you were using?" I showed him Riptide, and explained how it turned from a pen into a sword just by uncapping it. "Cool! Does it ever run out of ink?" "Um, well, I don't actually write with it." "Are you really the son of Poseidon?" "Well, yeah." "Can you surf really well, then?" I looked at Grover, who was trying hard not to laugh. "Jeez, Nico," I said. "I've never really tried." He went on asking questions. Did I fight a lot with Thalia, since she was a daughter of Zeus? (I didn't answer that one.) If Annabeth's mother was Athena, the goddess of wisdom, then why didn't Annabeth know better than to fall off a cliff? (I tried not to strangle Nico for asking that one.) Was Annabeth my girlfriend? (At this point, I was ready to stick the kid in a meat-flavored sack and throw him to the wolves.)
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Rick Riordan (The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3))
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We have to create culture, don't watch TV, don't read magazines, don't even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you're worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you're giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told 'no', we're unimportant, we're peripheral. 'Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.' And then you're a player, you don't want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.
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Terence McKenna
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CHORONZON: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler. MORPHEUS: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing. CHORONZON: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing. MORPHEUS: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged. CHORONZON: I am a snake, spider-devouring, posion-toothed. MORPHEUS: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy-footed. CHORONZON: I am an anthrax, butcher bacterium, warm-life destroying. MORPHEUS: I am a world, space-floating, life-nurturing. CHORONZON: I am a nova, all-exploding... planet-cremating. MORPHEUS: I am the Universe -- all things encompassing, all life embracing. CHORONZON: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgment. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds... of everything. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord? MORPHEUS: I am hope.
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Neil Gaiman (Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1))
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You're going to meet many people with domineering personalities: the loud, the obnoxious, those that noisily stake their claims in your territory and everywhere else they set foot on. This is the blueprint of a predator. Predators prey on gentleness, peace, calmness, sweetness and any positivity that they sniff out as weakness. Anything that is happy and at peace they mistake for weakness. It's not your job to change these people, but it's your job to show them that your peace and gentleness do not equate to weakness. I have always appeared to be fragile and delicate but the thing is, I am not fragile and I am not delicate. I am very gentle but I can show you that the gentle also possess a poison. I compare myself to silk. People mistake silk to be weak but a silk handkerchief can protect the wearer from a gunshot. There are many people who will want to befriend you if you fit the description of what they think is weak; predators want to have friends that they can dominate over because that makes them feel strong and important. The truth is that predators have no strength and no courage. It is you who are strong, and it is you who has courage. I have lost many a friend over the fact that when they attempt to rip me, they can't. They accuse me of being deceiving; I am not deceiving, I am just made of silk. It is they who are stupid and wrongly take gentleness and fairness for weakness. There are many more predators in this world, so I want you to be made of silk. You are silk.
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C. JoyBell C.
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I love you,' Buttercup said. 'I know this must come as something of a surprise to you, since all I've ever done is scorn you and degrade you and taunt you, but I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more. I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm. Your eyes are like that, did you know? Well they are. How many minutes ago was I? Twenty? Had I brought my feelings up to then? It doesn't matter.' Buttercup still could not look at him. The sun was rising behind her now; she could feel the heat on her back, and it gave her courage. 'I love you so much more now than twenty minutes ago that there cannot be comparison. I love you so much more now then when you opened your hovel door, there cannot be comparison. There is no room in my body for anything but you. My arms love you, my ears adore you, my knees shake with blind affection. My mind begs you to ask it something so it can obey. Do you want me to follow you for the rest of your days? I will do that. Do you want me to crawl? I will crawl. I will be quiet for you or sing for you, or if you are hungry, let me bring you food, or if you have thirst and nothing will quench it but Arabian wine, I will go to Araby, even though it is across the world, and bring a bottle back for your lunch. Anything there is that I can do for you, I will do for you; anything there is that I cannot do, I will learn to do. I know I cannot compete with the Countess in skills or wisdom or appeal, and I saw the way she looked at you. And I saw the way you looked at her. But remember, please, that she is old and has other interests, while I am seventeen and for me there is only you. Dearest Westley--I've never called you that before, have I?--Westley, Westley, Westley, Westley, Westley,--darling Westley, adored Westley, sweet perfect Westley, whisper that I have a chance to win your love.' And with that, she dared the bravest thing she'd ever done; she looked right into his eyes.
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William Goldman (The Princess Bride)
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Sure, we'd faced some things as children that a lot of kids don't. Sure, Justin had qualified for his Junior de Sade Badge in his teaching methods for dealing with pain. We still hadn't learned, though, that growing up is all about getting hurt. And then getting over it. You hurt. You recover. You move on. Odds are pretty good you're just going to get hurt again. But each time, you learn something. Each time, you come out of it a little stronger, and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There's the little empty pain of leaving something behind - gradutaing, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There's the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expecations. There's the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn't give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life they grow and learn. There's the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens. And if you're very, very lucky, there are a very few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realized that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last - and yet will remain with you for life. Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don't feel it. Pain is a part of life. Sometimes it's a big part, and sometimes it isn't, but either way, it's a part of the big puzzle, the deep music, the great game. Pain does two things: It teaches you, tells you that you're alive. Then it passes away and leaves you changed. It leaves you wiser, sometimes. Sometimes it leaves you stronger. Either way, pain leaves its mark, and everything important that will ever happen to you in life is going to involve it in one degree or another.
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Jim Butcher
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As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is β€œAUTHENTICITY”. As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it β€œRESPECT”. As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it β€œMATURITY”. As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it β€œSELF-CONFIDENCE”. As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it β€œSIMPLICITY”. As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is β€œLOVE OF ONESELF”. As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is β€œMODESTY”. As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it β€œFULFILLMENT”. As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection β€œWISDOM OF THE HEART”. We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know β€œTHAT IS LIFE”!
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Charlie Chaplin
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I want you to tell me about every person you’ve ever been in love with. Tell me why you loved them, then tell me why they loved you. Tell me about a day in your life you didn’t think you’d live through. Tell me what the word home means to you and tell me in a way that I’ll know your mother’s name just by the way you describe your bedroom when you were eight. See, I want to know the first time you felt the weight of hate, and if that day still trembles beneath your bones. Do you prefer to play in puddles of rain or bounce in the bellies of snow? And if you were to build a snowman, would you rip two branches from a tree to build your snowman arms or would leave your snowman armless for the sake of being harmless to the tree? And if you would, would you notice how that tree weeps for you because your snowman has no arms to hug you every time you kiss him on the cheek? Do you kiss your friends on the cheek? Do you sleep beside them when they’re sad even if it makes your lover mad? Do you think that anger is a sincere emotion or just the timid motion of a fragile heart trying to beat away its pain? See, I wanna know what you think of your first name, and if you often lie awake at night and imagine your mother’s joy when she spoke it for the very first time. I want you to tell me all the ways you’ve been unkind. Tell me all the ways you’ve been cruel. Tell me, knowing I often picture Gandhi at ten years old beating up little boys at school. If you were walking by a chemical plant where smokestacks were filling the sky with dark black clouds would you holler β€œPoison! Poison! Poison!” really loud or would you whisper β€œThat cloud looks like a fish, and that cloud looks like a fairy!” Do you believe that Mary was really a virgin? Do you believe that Moses really parted the sea? And if you don’t believe in miracles, tell me β€” how would you explain the miracle of my life to me? See, I wanna know if you believe in any god or if you believe in many gods or better yet what gods believe in you. And for all the times that you’ve knelt before the temple of yourself, have the prayers you asked come true? And if they didn’t, did you feel denied? And if you felt denied, denied by who? I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror on a day you’re feeling good. I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror on a day you’re feeling bad. I wanna know the first person who taught you your beauty could ever be reflected on a lousy piece of glass. If you ever reach enlightenment will you remember how to laugh? Have you ever been a song? Would you think less of me if I told you I’ve lived my entire life a little off-key? And I’m not nearly as smart as my poetry I just plagiarize the thoughts of the people around me who have learned the wisdom of silence. Do you believe that concrete perpetuates violence? And if you do β€” I want you to tell me of a meadow where my skateboard will soar. See, I wanna know more than what you do for a living. I wanna know how much of your life you spend just giving, and if you love yourself enough to also receive sometimes. I wanna know if you bleed sometimes from other people’s wounds, and if you dream sometimes that this life is just a balloon β€” that if you wanted to, you could pop, but you never would β€˜cause you’d never want it to stop. If a tree fell in the forest and you were the only one there to hear β€” if its fall to the ground didn’t make a sound, would you panic in fear that you didn’t exist, or would you bask in the bliss of your nothingness? And lastly, let me ask you this: If you and I went for a walk and the entire walk, we didn’t talk β€” do you think eventually, we’d… kiss? No, wait. That’s asking too much β€” after all, this is only our first date.
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Andrea Gibson