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You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back

Clement Stone

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.

C. E. Stowe

Don't worry about temptation-- as you grow older, it starts avoiding you.

Old Farmer's Almanac

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

Khalil Gibran

Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.

Zoroaster

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Audrey Hepburn

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.

Viktor E. Frankl

For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love - this is an old rule.

The Dhammapada

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller

He said not 'Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased'; but he said, 'Thou shalt not be overcome.'

Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

William Shakespeare

When man awakens, he finds that he is part of the one great Reality and he realizes his union with all things.

Paramananda

Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.

Rabindranath Tagore

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.

Herman Melville

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.

Goethe

Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.

Margaret Laurence

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'

Mary Anne Radmacher

The challenge of the saints of the twenty-first century is to begin again to comprehend the sacred in the ten thousand things of our world; to reverence what we have come to view as ordinary and devoid of spirit.

Edward Hays in Secular Sanctity

Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Harold Whitman

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.

John Dryden

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.

Francis Bacon

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.

Albert Camus

The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.

M. Scott Peck

Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it.

Sai Baba

Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.

Baruch Spinoza

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.

Johann W. Goethe

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

Richard Bach

Harmony is eating and resting, sleeping and waking; balance in all you do. This is the path to peace.

Bhagavad Gita

History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.

Thomas Jefferson

Hate is like acid. It can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well as destroy the object on which it is poured.

Ann Landers

What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.

Sai Baba

It reduces itself to this. You have to be in the right place at the right time, but when it comes, you better have something on the ball.

Groucho Marx

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The quieter you become the more you can hear.

Ram Dass

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

Abraham Lincoln

You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.

Maya Angelou

The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.

James A. Baldwin

Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.

Frederick Douglass, died February 20, 1895

When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.

Carter G. Woodson

Man is a credulous animal and must believe in something. In the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.

Bertrand Russell

Some say if you want success surround yourself with successful people. I say if you want true and lasting success surround yourself with people of integrity.

Charles F. Glassman

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.

Eric Hoffer

Technology is so much fun but we can drown in our technology. The fog of information can drive out knowledge.

Daniel J. Boorstin

Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience -- to appreciate the fact that life is complex.

M. Scott Peck

Examples are few of men ruined by giving.

Christian Bovèe

Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late. Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them.

Robert R. Updegraff

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.

Charles Mingus

My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.

T. S. Eliot

The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.

Thomas Dreier

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

Voltaire

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.

Henry Emerson Fosdick

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

Albert Einstein

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

Mark Twain

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.

George H. W. Bush

During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions; but none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual, or the ability to think.

Bernard Baruch

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

Mahatma Gandhi

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter.

Ilan Shamir, Advice from a Tree

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.

Virginia Woolf

Seek after the treasure that is unfailing, that is abiding, where no moth comes to consume, and no worm destroys.

The Gospel of Thomas

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.

Maya Angelou

Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river.

Saying of Madagascar

The world is new to us every morning--this is God's gift, and every person should believe he is reborn everyday.

Baal Shem Tov

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.

Meister Eckhart

The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.

Henry S. Hoskins

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.

Ivy Baker Priest

Enlightenment means life lived in accord with all the laws of nature.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day.

Thomas Jefferson

If you want joy, give joy to others; if you want love, learn to give love; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others to become materially afluent. In fact, the easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want.

Deepak Chopra in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

Louis L'Amour

Every tomorrow is an outcome of what I do today, and the beauty of it all is that today is happening all the time.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

John Adams

I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.

H. L. Mencken

Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

Mark Twain

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.

David Cameron

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

Benjamin Franklin

You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can decide how you're going to live now.

Joan Baez

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Chief Crowfoot

If you understand, things are just as they are.
If you do not understand, things are just as they are.

Zen Proverb

Whoever controls the language, the images, controls the race.

Allen Ginsberg

To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not think that you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.

Zen Saying

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Cicero

Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.

Joseph Campbell

It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.

Voltaire

Learn the truth, live in truth, open the heart and let your life be filled with love, then you will experience absolute joy, peace and the unity of all mankind.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Hatred ever kills, love never dies; such is the vast difference between the two. What is obtained by love is retained for all time. What is obtained by hatred proves a burden in reality for it increases hatred.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.

Martha Washington

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Helen Keller

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.

Jessamyn West

Anything you strive to hold captive will hold you captive and if you desire freedom you must give freedom.

Peace Pilgrim

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.

Pearl S. Buck

The responsibility of tolerance lies with those who have the wider vision.

George Eliot

I have learned not to worry about love;
But to honor its coming with all my heart.

Alice Walker

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

Henry David Thoreau

People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.

James Baldwin

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