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  • No one can make you inferior without your consent.- unknown
  • Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. -- Carl Gustav Jung
  • As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. -- Proverbs 
  • We are what we repeatedly do. --Aristotle
  • Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. - Unknown

  • Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind. -unknown

  • You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. --Plato
  • Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
  • If you are all wrapped up in yourself, you are overdressed -- Kate Halverson
  • Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking. -- H. L. Mencken
  • I don't know what I am doing here. I can't sing, I can't dance, but just to be sociable, I'll fight the best man in the house. Rocky Marciano
  • People tend to write your merits on the surface of the water and your mistakes in stone - William Shakespeare
  • You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you, if you could know how seldom they do. -- Olin Miller
  • What we nourish will flourish. We nourish whatever we give our attention to. small wonder that so many of our problems get to be such vigorous, lusty weeds in our garden of life! --J. Sig Paulson
  • Avoid having your ego so close to your position, that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. -- Colin Powell
  • When one find's oneself in a hole of one's own making, it is a good time to examine the quality of the workmanship. -- John Renmerde
  • One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. -- Bertrand Russell
  • If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it. -- Schopenhauer
  • The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time. -- George Bernard Shaw
  • The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. -- Oscar Wilde
  • To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. -- Oscar Wilde
  • We had a lot in common. I loved him and he loved him. -- Shelley Winters
  • Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood. -- Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Jealousy is the only vice that gives no pleasure. -- Anonymous
  • Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope. -- Josh Billings
  • When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one. -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. -- James Branch Cabell, 
  • Whoever is not a misanthrope at forty can never have loved mankind. -- Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort
  • The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity. -- Winston Churchill
  • 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. -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open. -- Thomas Dewar
  • Trust everybody, but cut the cards. -- Finley Peter Dunne
  • Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteeen. -- Albert Einstein
  • I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally. -- W. C. Fields
  • Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference. -- Libbie Fudim
  • Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem. -- John Galsworthy
  • Success is just a matter of attitude. -- Darcy E. Gibbons
  • It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. -- Andre Gide
  • Prejudice is the child of ignorance. -- William Hazlitt
  • When you're away, I'm restless, lonely Wretched, bored, dejected; only here's the rub, my darling dear, I feel the same when you are here. -- Samuel Hoffenstein
  • A grouch escapes so many little annoyances that it almost pays to be one. -- Kin Hubbard
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. -- William James
  • You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience. -- Stanislaw J. Lec
  • Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You're able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment. -- Ralph Marston
  • Criticism is prejudice made plausible. -- H. L. Mencken
  • My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. -- Vladimir Nabokov
  • Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature. -- Tom Robbins
  • We can say 'Peace on Earth,' we can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be. -- Betty Shabazz
  • The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. -- George Bernard Shaw
  • Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is. -- Thomas Szasz
  • Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides. -- Margaret Thatcher
  • A true gentleman is one who is never intentionally rude. -- Oscar Wilde
  • You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. -- Ziggy, character in comic 
  • "Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy." -- Aristotle  philosopher 
  • "He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly..." -- Proverbs 
  • "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." -- Buddha  mystic, founder of Buddhism 
  • "Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten." -- Buddha  mystic, founder of Buddhism
  • A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong. --Thomas Szasz
  • Act the part and you will become the part. --William James
  • All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization. --Calvin Coolidge
  • Always do more than is required of you. --George Patton
  • A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint. --Albert Schweitzer
  • An athlete was never made by mere instruction. No soldier was ever trained by the mere study of his manual, but by practicing his drill. Not the hearers of the law, but the doers are justified before God. We must be going forward, not standing still, simply listening and learning. Where our duty is seen God is revealed. Duty is always the will of God. To see it and not to do it, is a most disastrous thing for the man, as well as being an offense against God. --Outlook
  • An Optimist is a person who undertakes a seemingly impossible task in a spirit of immeasurable enthusiasm, unbounded determination, unbelievable excitement, indestructible confidence, uncompromising thoroughness, and indefatigable persistence...with understandable success. --William Arther Ward
  • A penny will hide the biggest star in the Universe if you hold it close enough to your eye. --Samuel Grafton
  • A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it. --Alistair Cooke
  • A rumor is one thing that gets thicker instead of thinner as it is spread. --Richard Armour
  • Be everywhere, do everything, and never fail to astonish the customer. --Macy's Motto
  • Behavior is the perpetual revealing of us. What a man does, tells us what he is. --F.D. Huntington
  • Be humble, for the worst thing in the world is of the same stuff as you; be confident, for the stars are of the same stuff as you. --Nicholai Velimirovic
  • Be sincere; be brief; be seated. --Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. --Helen Keller
  • Complacency is a continuous struggle that we all have to fight. --Jack Nicklaus
  • Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. --H. L. Mencken
  • Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount. --Clare Booth Luce
  • Define your business goals clearly so that others can see them as you do. --George F. Burns
  • Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice. --Unknown
  • Do noble things, not dream them all day long: And so make Life, Death, and the vast Forever one grand, sweet song. --Charles Kingsley
  • Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism. --Edgar W. Howe
  • Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side. --Baltasar Gracian
  • Everyone complains of his lack of memory, but nobody of his want of judgment. --La Rochefoucauld
  • Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. --Albert Schweitzer
  • Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. --George Washington
  • Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners. --H. Jackson Browne, 
  • Goodwill is achieved by many actions; it can be lost by one. --Unknown
  • Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them. --Walter Kerr
  • Hard work brings prosperity; playing around brings poverty. --Bible, Proverbs 28:19
  • "He means well" is useless unless he does well. --Plautus
  • How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. --Marcus Aurelius
  • I am a part of all that I have met. --John Milton
  • I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. --G.K. Chesterton
  • I don't know who my grandfather was; I'm much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. --Abraham Lincoln
  • I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. --Abraham Lincoln
  • If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. --Martin Luther King Jr.
  • If we don't model what we teach, we are teaching something else. --Unknown
  • If you don't want anybody to know about it, don't do it. --Unknown
  • If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. --Vincent Van Gogh
  • If you really want to do something, you'll find a way; if you don't, you'll find an excuse. --Unknown
  • I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. --John Locke
  • I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. --Kahlil Gibran
  • I'll never let a man drag me down to the point of where I hate him. --Booker T. Washington
  • I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. --Helen Keller
  • In later life, as in earlier, only a few persons influence the formation of our character; the multitude pass us by like a distant army. One friend, one teacher, one beloved, one club, one dining table, one work table are the means by which one's nation and the spirit of one's nation affect the individual. --Jean Paul Richter
  • I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence. --Frederick Douglass
  • It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. --Harry S Truman
  • It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies. --Arthur Calwell
  • It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. --Robert F. Kennedy
  • It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. --Rene Descartes
  • It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. --Shakespeare
  • It is well to think well; it is Divine to act well. --Horace Mann
  • It's a natural law: You receive as much as you give. --Paul Karasik
  • It takes less time to do a right thing than to explain why you did it wrong. --Longfellow
  • I used to be Snow White -- but I drifted. --Mae West
  • I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come. --Abraham Lincoln
  • Lack of will power has caused more failure than lack of intelligence or ability. --Flower A. Newhouse
  • Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. --Elbert Hubbard
  • Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue. --John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. --Abraham Lincoln
  • Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own. --John M. Barrie
  • Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall. --Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better. --Anonymous
  • Nothing preaches better than the act. --Benjamin Franklin
  • Only the shallow know themselves. --Oscar Wilde
  • One of rarest things that a man ever does is to do the best he can. --Josh Billings
  • Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. --H. Jackson Browne, 
  • People only see what they are prepared to see. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed. --Mark Twain
  • Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold -- but so does a hard-boiled egg. --Unknown
  • Service is just love in work clothes. --Unknown
  • Sow a thought, reap an act; Sow an act, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap a destiny. --Charles Reade
  • Success always occurs in private and failure in full public view. --Unknown
  • Tempt not a desperate man. --Shakespeare
  • Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content, and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know. --Charles Kingsley
  • The effect of one upright individual is incalculable. --Oscar Arias
  • The life of man is made up of action and endurance; the life is fruitful in the ratio in which it is laid out in noble action or in patient perseverance. --Liddon
  • The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid. --Thomas Kempis
  • The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything. --E. J. Phelps
  • The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. --Winston Churchill
  • There are two methods of human activity -- and according to which one of these two kinds of activity people mainly follow, are there two kinds of people: one use their reason to learn what is good and what is bad and they act according to this knowledge; the other act as they want to and then they use their reason to prove that that which they did was good and that which they didn't do was bad. --Leo Tolstoi
  • There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. --William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
  • There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. --Don Herold
  • There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. --Goethe
  • The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. --Harold Taylor
  • The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. --Confucius
  • The time has come for all good men to rise above principle. --Huey Long
  • The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it. --Franklin P. Jones
  • The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. --Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf
  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. --Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going. --Unknown
  • They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechner
  • Think the truth; Speak the truth; Act the truth. --Unknown
  • Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. --Sir James Barrie
  • To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up. --Oscar Wilde, "An Ideal Husband"
  • To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day. --Winston Churchill
  • We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. --Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • We judge others by their behavior but ourselves by our intentions. --Stephen Covey
  • We live in deeds, not years; In thoughts, not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lies who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best. --Philip James Bailey
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. --Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • We teach them proper principles and let them govern themselves. --Prophet Joseph Smith
  • We've gotten to the point where everybody's got a right and nobody's got a responsibility. --Newton Minow, chairman of the FCC
  • We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not. --Anthony Robbins
  • What breaks in a moment may take years to mend. --Swedish proverb
  • What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. --Thoreau
  • What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. --Albert Pine
  • When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. --George Bernard Shaw
  • You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. --Abraham Lincoln
  • Use soft words and hard arguments. --Unknown

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