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To be happy with human beings, we should not ask them for what they cannot give.
-- Tristan Bernard

I'm no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is yes.
-- Leonard Bernstein

I can observe a lot just by watching.
-- Yogi Berra

If the doors of perception were cleansed, man would see everything as it is, infinite.
-- William Blake

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.
-- William Jennings Bryan

He must sacrifice his little will, which is unfree and ruled by things and drives, to his great will that moves away from being determined to find destiny. Now he no longer interferes, nor does he merely allow things to happen. He listens to that which grows, to the way of Being in the world, not in order to be carried along by it but rather in order to actualize it in the manner in which it, needing him, wants to be actualized by him -- with human spirit and human deed, with human life and human death. He believes, I said: but this implies: he encounters.
-- Martin Buber

On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined...
-- Lord Byron

If we quarrel with the past, we may lose the future.
-- Winston Churchill

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
-- Winston Churchill

Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to be. Why?
Because whenever you think or you believe you know, you are a lot of other people; but the moment you are being, you're nobody-but-yourself.
To be nobody-but-yourself -- in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
Does this sound dismal? It isn't. It's the most wonderful life on earth.
-- e.e. cummings

Seek, above all, for a game worth playing. Such is the advice of the oracle to the modern man. Having found the game play it with intensity -- play as if your life and sanity depended on it. Follow the example of the French existentialists and flourish a banner bearing the word "engagement".
-- Robert S. Deropp

The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
-- Charles DuBois

A human being is part of the whole called by us "Universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.
-- Albert Einstein

All means prove but a blunt instrument if they have not behind them a living spirit. But if the longing for the achievement of the goal is powerfully alive within us, then we shall not lack the strength to find the means for reaching the goal and for translating it into deed.
-- Albert Einstein

True belonging is born of relationships not only of one another but to a place of shared responsibilities and benefits. We love not so much what we have acquired as what we have made and with whom we have made it.
-- Robert Finch

I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle. As the wagon driver said when they came to a long, hard hill, "Them that's going on with us, get out and push. Them that ain't, get out of the way."
-- Robert Fulghum

When I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
-- Buckminster Fuller

A small team
Of unquenchable spirit
Can alter
The course of history.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

Become the change you wish to see in our world.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.
-- Mahatma Gandhi

I never looked behind me to find out what other people were playing or doing. I just keep going, looking for new ideas, practicing... I am never bored. There is always a new what to play anything.
-- Dizzy Gillespie

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
-- Goethe

We are still far from pondering the essence of action decisively enough. We view action only as causing an effect. The actuality of the effect is valued accordingly to its utility. But the essence of action is accomplishment.
To accomplish means to unfold something into the fullness of its essence, to lead it forth into this fullness... therefore only what already is can really be accomplished.
-- Martin Heidegger

The difficult we will do right away. The impossible may take a little longer.
-- Billie Holiday

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
-- Helen Keller

Without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived. The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles, dangers, and pressure -- and that is the basis of all human morality.
-- John F. Kennedy

Purity of the mind is to will one thing.
-- Soren Kierkegaard

A saint is a sinner who keeps on trying. Therefore there is hope for all of us.
-- Nelson Mandela

The greatest glory of leading lies not in never falling but in rising every time you fall.
-- Nelson Mandela

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
-- Mother Teresa

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness... The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
-- W.H. Murray

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
-- Marcel Proust

Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your life, and try to love the questions themselves. Do not seek the answers which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them, and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live some long distance day into the answers.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
-- Theodore Roosevelt

It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
-- George Bernard Shaw

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
-- George Bernard Shaw

Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.
-- Shearson Lehman Brothers

After the final no, there comes a yes and on that yes the future of the world depends.
-- Wallace Stevens

A great man will take as much trouble to discover what is right as lesser men take to discover what will pay.
-- Ti'Ko Computer Corporation

Few of us can stand prosperity. Another man's, I mean.
-- Mark Twain

Do not be the possessor of fame. Do not be the storehouse of schemes. Do not take over the function of things. Do not be the master of knowledge. Personally realize the infinite to the highest degree and travel in the realm of which there is no sign. Exercise fully what you have received from Nature without any subjective viewpoint. In one word, be absolutely vacuous.
-- Tzu, Chuang, Taoist philosopher, 4th century B.C.

The mind of the perfect man is like a mirror. It does not lean forward or backward in its response to things. It responds to things but conceals nothing of its own. Therefore it is able to deal with things without injury to its reality.
-- Chuang Tzu

It is in the nature of revolution, the overturning of an existing order, that at its inception a very small number of people are involved. The process, in fact, begins with one person and an idea, an idea that persuades a second, then a third and a fourth, and gathers force until the idea is successfully contradicted, absorbed into conventional wisdom, or actually turns the world upside down. A revolution requires not only ammunition, but also weapons and men willing to use them and willing to be slain in the battle. In an intellectual revolution, there must be ideas and advocates willing to challenge an entire profession, the establishment itself, willing to spend their reputations and careers in spreading the idea through deeds as well as words.
-- Jude Wanniski

The important thing in a man is not what he knows but what he is.
-- Narcisco Yepe

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