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One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.
Khalil Gibran

'One day you will enquire which is more essential? My existence or yours? I will proclaim mine and you will go away unaware that your being is my life.'
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The absolute heart of loyalty is to value those people who tell you the truth, not just those people who tell you what you want to hear. In fact, you should value them most. Because they have paid you the compliment of leveling with you and assuming you can handle it.
Pat Summitt

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
Marilyn Monroe

Life is short. Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly
Paulo Coelho

Live swiftly - savor deeply, laugh uproariously, adore genuinely and pardon promptly.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Steve Jobs

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

I have discovered that individuals will forget what was uttered, people will forget what you accomplished, but individuals will never erase the emotions you gave them.
If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you wont give up. If you give up, you're not worthy. ... Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
Bob Marley

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
Mark Twain

Do not engage in verbal sparring with those of limited intellect, for they will drag you to their level and outwit you through practice.
Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.
Dennis Wholey

Assuming the world will be equitable to you due to your moral character is akin to assuming a bull won't charge at you because of your dietary preferences.
Don't drink at all, don't smoke, you must exercise and eat vegetables and fruit.
Robert Mugabe

Abstain from alcohol and tobacco, work out regularly, and consume a nutritious diet of fruits and veggies.
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
Alan Dundes

'Swiftness of light surpasses the velocity of sound, accounting for why some seem smart until they open their mouths.'
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Albert Schweitzer

Fulfillment is the basis for achievement; joyfulness unlocks triumph. If you take pleasure in your labors, you will be victorious.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
Helen Keller

Having vision but no insight.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

To adore signifies cherishing the undeserving. To excuse implies absolving the inexcusable. Faith denotes trusting the improbable. Optimism implies anticipating when all appears despairing.
What we need in South Africa is for egos to be suppressed in favour of peace. We need to create a new breed of South Africans who love their country and love everybody, irrespective of their colour.
Chris Hani

We need to foster a culture of unity and harmony in South Africa, where people are encouraged to lay aside their egos for the greater good of peace. We must strive to cultivate a generation of South Africans who have an abiding affection for their homeland and all its inhabitants, regardless of skin colour.
Sometimes people put up walls, not to keep others out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.
Banana Yoshimoto

Occasionally individuals build barriers, not to exclude others, but to witness who is passionate enough to demolish them.
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.
Mother Teresa

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Albert Einstein

'If one gauges a fish by its aptitude for scaling a tree, it will persist in thinking itself inadequate.'
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Nelson Mandela

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
George Carlin

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is a fool, and anyone going faster than you is a lunatic?
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
Marilyn vos Savant

Gain insight: To gain knowledge, one must study; but to gain insight, one must observe.
A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
Max Lucado

A female's soul should be so entrenched in the Divine that a gentleman has to seek Him just to discover her.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John Wooden

Focus on your integrity instead of your image, because integrity is who you truly are, whereas your image is only what others perceive you to be.
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.
Douglas MacArthur

Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.
Albert Einstein

Males wed females expecting that they will remain the same. Females join in matrimony with males desiring them to transform. Unavoidably, both are let down.
Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.
Bil Keane

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is yet to come, but today is a blessing. That's why it's known as the gift of now.
Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.
Mark Twain

Experience life intensely; Forge unconventional paths. Easily pardon, Savour passionate kisses. Adore deeply. Roar with unrestrained amusement And never be sorry for Anything that gives you joy.
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife.
Prince Philip

When a man holds the door for his better half, it's either a new set of wheels or a new relationship.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

Evade individuals who attempt to demean your aspirations. Petty persons always do that, however the genuinely remarkable make you feel that you, as well, can be extraordinary.
We are the only species of mammal that doubts our ability to give birth. It's profitable to scare women about birth. But let's stop it. I tell women: Your body is not a lemon.
Ina May Gaskin

'Let's quash the notion that childbirth is something to fear. Instead, let us embrace the fact that our bodies are capable of bringing forth new life with confidence.'
Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.
William Arthur Ward

"Engage more than just belonging: take action. Show more than concern: offer aid. Implement more than faith: exercise. Exhibit more than justice: be compassionate. Overlook more than pardon: erase. Act on more than aspiration: labor."
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
Jim Rohn

Your life does not improve passively, it develops through modification.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Innovative thinkers ponder concepts; ordinary minds debate occurrences; limited intellects analyze individuals.
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
Nelson Mandela

You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

'The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.'
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Winston Churchill

'Those who oppose you demonstrate that you have taken a stance at least once in your life.'
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
Marcus Aurelius

The contentment of your life hinges on the caliber of your ideas.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Colin Powell

No shortcuts to triumph; it is borne out of planning, toil, and profiting from missteps.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain

Generosity is the dialect which the hearing-impaired can comprehend and the sightless can discern.
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell

When one gateway shuts, another opens; but we often remain so fixated on the shut entrance that we miss the new opportunity which awaits us.
The POSITIVE THINKER sees the INVISIBLE, feels the INTANGIBLE, and achieves the IMPOSSIBLE.
Winston Churchill

The OPTIMIST perceives the INAUDIBLE, senses the ELUSIVE, and accomplishes the UNATTAINABLE.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The definitive test of an individual's character is not revealed in moments of ease and comfort, but rather in their actions during times of difficulty and conflict.
Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Sometimes individuals don't want to hear reality because they don't want their fantasies dispelled.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall... think of it, always.
Mahatma Gandhi

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
Alexander the Great

I dread not a herd of lions directed by a lamb; I tremble at a flock of sheep headed by a lion.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

The loveliest and most exquisite treasures in life cannot be perceived or even grasped - they must be experienced with the soul.
Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
Gerard Way

Contentment despite imperfections.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
John Lennon

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.
Christian D. Larson

Have faith in your capabilities and the essence of your being. Recognize that you have within you a power that is more powerful than any impediment.
Every day may not be good... but there's something good in every day
Alice Morse Earle

Every day may not be perfect... but there's something positive in every day.