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ife Quotations

"Everything -- and everyone -- has a reason for being."

"In almost everyone's life there occurs a turning point.  For some it's a victory that brings new confidence, for others it's an unexpected defeat that makes them face themselves and the truth.  It's not the event that redefines our lives so much as way we handle it."
-- Susan Ford Bales

"Don't let anyone steal your dreams.  Follow your heart, no matter what."

"There are those times in life when our hearts have the opportunity to try something wiser - to choose another path."
-- John Gray

"There are some times when silence has the loudest voice."

"You have no eyes for the blue of the sky, if you harbor dark thoughts in your heart."

"Compassion, kindness, commitment and giving can open the heart.  So can loneliness, grief, pain and duress."
-- Richard Paul Evans

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.  An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

"Happiness is not what you experience but what you remember."

"What you hope to be like tomorrow depends on the choice you make today."

"There are times when we are called upon to make a choice - to stand for something.  This is a defining moment.  Defining moments are crucial moments - the insight gained has the power to put the rest of our lives in focus."
-- Og Mandino

"Sometimes an expensive mirror can add wonders to a looker's face, but not to her whole self."

"In real life we are often called upon to be responsible for others, sometimes when we don't always want to be."
-- Caryl Kristensen and Marilyn Kentz

"Success is not a destination, it is a journey."

"A thankful heart enjoys blessings twice - when they are received and when they are remembered."

"You may search all the ages for a person who has no problems, you may look through the streets of heaven asking each one how he came there, and you will look in vain everywhere for a man morally and spiritually strong whose strength did not come to him in struggle.  Do not suppose that there is a person who has never wrestled with his own success and happiness.  There is no exception anywhere.  Every true strength is gained in struggle."

"Discontentment always longs for something bigger than the infinite."

"The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives."

"Sometimes the strong die, too!" - Louis Gossett, Jr.
Are you one of those people who is always there when somebody needs you?  You know just what to say, exactly what to do to turn the worst situation into a conquerable challenge.  Everybody calls on you.  Everybody needs you.  You are, after all, strong enough, smart enough, tough enough to make it through anything and everything.  Well, who do the strong go to?  Who do the strong lean on?  Where do the strong go when they are not feeling very strong?  When you set yourself up to be an anchor for everybody else, you jump ship on yourself!  The need to be needed, the illusion that without us things would not get done, is
actually the way we escape ourselves.  The strong have needs.  The strong have weaknesses!  Sometimes those needs are so deep and painful that, rather than face them, the strong run away.  When the strong take the weight of the world on their shoulders, they eventually break down.  The question is, who will be there for the strong?"

"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

"Courage isn't having the strength to go on -- it is going on when you don't have the strength."

"Great minds discuss ideas;  Average minds discuss events;  Small minds discuss people."

"You cannot reach your goals without sometimes taking a long shot."

"It's better to declare the truth and be rejected than to withold it just to be accepted."

"Take a day to heal from the lies you've told yourself and the ones that have been told to you."

"Life has two rules: number 1, never quit!; number 2, always remember rule number 1."

"It doesn't matter what road you take, hill you climb, or path you're on, you will always end up in the same place... learning."

"An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing."

"There is a sufficiency in the world of man's need, but not to his greed."

"One thing man can't understand about women is how women understand man."

"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it."

"Tough times don't last, tough people do."

"A sunset is not an ending... but a pause before a new beginning."

"Either it's over I'm dead and I haven't done anything that I want or I'm still alive and there's nothing I want to do."

"The man who lives in the past, robs the present."

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

"A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks."

"There is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty."

"No one can predict to what heights you can soar, even you will not know until you spread your wings."

"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."

"Sometimes success is just a matter of hanging on."

"The mind is like a parachute.  It only works when it is open."

"The best educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed."
-- Helen Keller

"A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn."

"People who drink to drown their sorrows should be told that sorrow knows how to swim."

"We all open the door to a spiritual life with the same key --- the key of willingness.  Willingness is the key that can open the door to change and a better life."

"Truth looks good without makeup."

"There is nothing in our hands that we can hold permanent."

"The tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."

"We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way."

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."

"You cannot teach what you do not know, you cannot give what you do not have."

"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."
-- Mark Twain

"The surest way to remember something is to try very hard to forget it."

"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."
-- John Roskin

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the container in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."

"Too much understanding can do harm too.  It can lead to a never-ending tolerance."

"The worst thing about a quarrel is that --- you always remember to bring up things you ought to forget."

"Sometimes you think that the whole world is falling, but it's only yourself that's leaning."

"Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances."
-- J. Donald Walters

"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us."
-- Marcel Proust

"There is only one time that is all-important - it is the present."

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

"The more of life you master, the less of life you fear."

"Space is simply time --- time to appreciate life, time to live in the moment, time to put someone else's needs ahead of our own."

"Sometimes the courage to overcome may be granted by someone else reaching out to love us and to help us find our way back, but all too often it's our own task to do for ourselves.  Self-acceptance is largely your work to do with and for yourself.  But you have to care enough about yourself to want to try it."

"We can choose to believe we're valuable goods or we can believe we're mark downs."

"To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to."
-- Kahlil Gibran

"It is not what they take away from you that counts.  It's what you do with what is left with you."
-- Hubert Humphrey

"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope."
-- Martin Luther

"Our ideals are the blueprints of our lives."
-- Roy L. Smith

"Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry during the day and too sleepy to worry at night."

"Humility is a strange thing.  The moment you think you've got it, you've lost it."

"You can never fully recover from a deep injury done to you until you forgive."

"I hope you live as long as you want and not want as long as you live."

"The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose."

"You don't become a better person because you're suffering; but you become a better person because you have experienced suffering." 

"It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give, when unasked, through understanding."

"Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on."
-- Albert Smith

"If you wish to know the mind of man, listen to his words."
-- Chinese Proverb

"Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."
-- John F. Kennedy

"Revenge gets you even with your enemy; forgiveness puts you above him."

"Nothing is so good that it lasts eternally.  Perfect situations must go wrong.  No one in your life is with you constantly.  No one is completely at your side."
-- A cut from the lyrics of "I Know Him So Well"

 "Today there are so many joyless people around, it is most probably because they have not found their right road or that for some reason or another they have not followed it."

"When hope dies, opportunity seldom attends the funeral."

"You can delegate authority, but not responsibility."
-- Stephen W. Comiskey

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
-- Judy Garland

"We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance."
-- Harrison Ford, quoted by Garry Jenkins in Harrison Ford: Imperfect Hero

"Never fear shadows.  They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby."
-- Ruth E. Renkel

"Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason."
-- Jerry Seinfeld, "Seinfeld", NBC

"Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future.  Today is a gift --- that is why they call it the PRESENT."
-- Bill Keane

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"When one door closes, another opens.  But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us."
-- Alexander Graham Bell

"You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough."
-- Dr. Frank Crane

"Life is ten percent how we make it, ninety percent how we take it."

"We win by tenderness; we conquer by forgiveness."
-- F.W. Robertson

"Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal."

"Learn from the mistakes of others.  You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."

"We must get our wings flapping in order to save ourselves from a crash landing."

"A moments insight is sometimes worth a life's experience."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.  One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life."
--Sandra Carey

"Square your shoulders to the world, be not the kind to quit.  It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."

"In most cases, the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling."

"Life is never sweet to the man who is sour on the world."

"Acquire enough education so you will not look up with envy at those above you, and sufficient wisdom so you will not look with scorn at those below you."

"No one ever promised us a life free from disappointment.  If we can accept this, we will be able to recognize that forgiveness and love are the tools to live fully in this life."

"Not everything that is faced can be changed.  But nothing can be change until it is faced."
-- James Baldwin

"Aerodinamically, the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway."
-- Mary Kay Ash

"Be careful in putting yourself in the shoes of others.  They might have smaller ones, or none at all." 

"Everyone possesses the key to success but many a man are either fast asleep or too lazy to 
open their door when luck knocks outside."

"You can never make an image of yourself, if you always walk under the shadow of another."

"It is not worth proving your worth to someone you are not worth with."

"There are few who gives up… and it’s your choice… not your fate."
- from the movie: Dinosour

"Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them; joke over your troubles but gather strength from them; have fun with your difficulties but overcome them."

"Too many times we pray for ease, but that's a prayer seldom met.  What we need to do is pray for roots that reach deep into Eternal, so when the rains fall and the winds blow, we 
won't be swept asunder."

"Optimism is a cheerful frame of mind that enables a tea kettle to sing though it's in hot water up to its nose."

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; and nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."

"There are so many stars in the sky, only some are radiant enough to be noticed. Among those you choose to ignore is the one which is willing to shine for you forever even if your glance remains elsewhere."

"The darkest moments of one's life may carry the seeds of the brightest tomorrow."

"We all go through very difficult times and lose control of our very own lives but there is always a reason for every single thing that happens to us.  If we don't fight with reasons but rather try to understand it then we will be able to accept reality and go on living our lives in truth and not in make-believe."

"You can only be free if you let go of the past.  Don't cry over the things that could have been because the things that could be are far more important."

"People fall and if nobody will give them a second chance, then they can never make up for their mistakes and prove themselves worthy." 

"You cannot finish a book without closing its chapters.  If you want to go on, then you have to leave the past as you turn the pages of life."

"Everything that happens to us has its purpose. It will just depend on how we accept things that the same purpose will be served. If you keep an open mind then most likely you will see the reason behind it. If you close your mind or you keep your biased reasoning, you maybe missing some good points of it."

"Fear is something that hold us back in letting go or in making a decision."


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