"Don't be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be. But don't be afraid to be willing to pay the price." - Lane Frost

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"All men by nature desire to know." - Aristole
Once you are real, you can't be ugly except to people who don't understand." - Marjorie Williams
"It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it, right? And this bag was like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in." - Wes Bentley as Ricky Fitts in "American Beauty"

"...It's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst." - Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham in "American Beauty"

"I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." - Carl Jung

"One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." - Agatha Christie

"Every man dies. Not every man truly lives."

"Its as if our life is a drawing... and we are drawing it, unconsciously not seeing that we are trapped inside the picture ourselves..."

"Enjoy the little things in life for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things." - Antonio Smith

Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans." - John Lennon

"To say to anyone, 'I love you' is tantamount to saying You shall live forever.' - Madeleine L'Engle

"Not only is the unexamined life not worth living, it's not being lived at all. It ceases to exist." - http://midnighthope.diaryland.com

"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel." - Anonymous

"When something comes into your life and you're ready for it, it's not coincidence."

"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul." - Judy Garland

"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." - Robert H. Goddard

"If you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you."

"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible."

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only have to have a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." - Martin Luther King

"Change your thoughts and you change your world." - Norman Vincent Pearle

"Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life."

"What you risk reveals what you value."

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I only wish He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Theresa

"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right."

"Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent."

"History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again" - Kurt Vonnegut

"You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world... The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way ... people look at reality, then you can change it." - James Arthur Baldwin

"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me." - Carol Burnett

"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely." - Karen Kaiser Clark

"Adventure isn't hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life - Facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential." - John Amatt

"Everything in life changes you in some way. Even the smallest things. If you do not accept these changes, you do not accept yourself. For through these changes brings new and greater things to you, making you wiser, as time progresses. To avoid these changes is a loss. You only live your life once. Do not waste a minute of it avoiding things. Let them come to you, and learn from them. There's always tomorrow." - Adam R. Gwizdala

There are three kinds of men: The ones who learn by reading, the few who learn by observation, and the rest of them who have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." - Joseph Addison
"First deserve, then desire." - English proverb
"There are two tradgedies in life, one is to not get your heart's desire. The other is to get it." - Unknown

"Life is an unanswered question, but let's believe in the dignity and importance of the question." - Tennessee Williams

"You can lose yourself. Everything. All boundaries. All time. That two bodies can become so mixed up that you don't know who's who or what's what. And just when the sweet confusion is so intense you think you're gonna die. You kind of do. Leaving you alone in your separate body. But the one you love is still there. That's the miracle. You can go to heaven and come back alive. Go back anytime you want with the one you love." - Robin Williams as Anthony in Bicentennial Man.

"If love is great, and there are no greater things, then what I feel for you must be the greatest." - Unknown.

"The love we keep is the only love we keep." -- Elbert Hubbard.

"We all want to fall in love. Why? Because that experience makes us feel completely alive. Where every sense is heightened, every emotion magnified. Our every day reality is shattered and we are flying into the heavens. It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon. but that doesn't diminish its value. Because we are left with memories that we treasure for the rest of our lives." -- Unknown.

"This was love at first sight, love everlasting: a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected in so far as it could be a matter of conscious awareness. It took entire possession of him and he understood, with joyous amazement, that this was for life." -- Thomas Mann.

"You don't love a woman because she is beautiful, but she is beautiful because you love her.."

"Whose loves believes the impossible." -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"I love a hand that meets my own with a grasp that causes some sensation." -- Samuel Osgood.

"Love won't be tampered with, love won't go away. Push it to one side and it creeps to the other." -- Louise Erdrich.

"Love lives on hope and dies when hope is dead. It is a flame which sinks for lack of fuel." -- Pierre Corneille

"You don't marry someone you can live with -- you marry the person you cannot live without." -- Unknown.

"I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love." -- Henry Ward Beecher

"Love gives you wings. It makes you fly. I don't even call it love. I call it Geronimo. When you're in love, you'll jump right from the top of the Empire State and you won't care -- screaming 'Geronimo' the whole way down. I love her so bad, I just... whoa, she wrecks me. I'd die for her." -- Mel Gibson as Jerry Fletcher in Conspiracy Theory.

"We can not love each other without changing each other. We do not observe the world around us without in some way changing it, and being changed ourselves." -Madeleine L'Engle

"Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration." - D. H. Lawrence, British writer (1885-1930)

"Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes... just be an illusion." - Javan.

"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it's what you are expected to give -- which is everything."

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."

"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says: "I need you because I love you." - Enrich Fromm

"Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be their last romance." -Oscar Wilde.

"The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender. - Emil Ludwig

"Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night" -Romeo and Juliet

"The way you let your hand rest in mine, my bewitching Sweetheart, fills me with happiness. It is the perfection of confiding love. Everything you do, the little unconscious things in particular, charms me and increases my sense of nearness to you, identification with you, till my heart is full to overflowing." -- Woodrow Wilson.

Have you even been in love? Horrible, isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up this whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...You give them a piece of you. They don't ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you, or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so a simple phrase like "maybe we should just be friends" or "how very perceptive" turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love. - Rose Walker, in Sandman: The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman

"Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agree on just what it is." -- Diane Ackerman
"Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. to melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and given thanks for another day of loving..." - Kahlil Gibran
"Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given, never forgotten, never let it disappear." - John Lennon

"Loyalty above all else, except honor."

"I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which a fireman has believe his is a noble calling. There is an adage which says that, 'nothing can be destroyed except by fire.' We strive to preserve from destruction the wealth of the world, which is the product of the industry of men, necessary for the comfort of both the rich and the poor. We are defenders from fires of the art which has beautified the world, the product of the genius of men and the means of refinement of mankind. But, above all, our proudest moment is to save lives of men -- the work of God Himself. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates to deeds of daring, even at the supreme sacrifice. Such considerations may not strike the average mind, but they are sufficient to fill to the limit our ambition in life and to make us serve the general purpose of human society." -- Chief Edward Croker, FDNY, circa 1905
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die." - Gilbert Keith Chesterton


"True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable."
-- Dave Tyson Gentry

"Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship--never." -Albert Camus

"You never really know someone until you have been their friend." -Walker Best

"L'amour vient de l'aveuglement, l'amitie de la connaissance. (Love comes from blindness, friendship from knowledge.)" -Comte de Bussy-Rabutin

"Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of." -Sarah Orne Jewett

"A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same." -Elbert Hubbard

"Choose in marriage only a woman whom you would choose as a friend if she were a man." -Joseph Joubert

"No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever." -Francois Mauriac

"Where you find true friendship, You find true love."


"Writing is this strange alchemy of your mind and your hands and your ideas and your imagination, but also your literal brain language skills and the mathematics of words in the right order unlocking meaning. And damned if I know where it comes from or how much is available. It's like having a grain mill in your head, but you're not exactly sure how much grain is supposed to go in there, or exactly what's supposed to come out (flour? maple syrup?) or what quantities are available before the mill just runs dry. (Please nominate me for a Diarist.Net "Worst Metaphor" award, would you?) -- Omar of Terribly Happy

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allen Poe

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." - Robert Kennedy

"Not all who wander are lost." - J. R. R. Tolkien

"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw

"I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll be much harder to detect." - George Carlin

"Chaos is the score upon which reality is written." -- Henry Miller

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance." - Anonymous

"Tell him I've been too fucking busy - or vice versa." - Dorothy Parker

"I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. it's so fuckin heroic." - George Carlin

"The image of my faith is nothing more than intimidation of others thoughts."

"If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep." - Dale Carnegie

"Loved by some, accepted by others and misunderstood by most..."

QuotesByEinstein (1875-1955)
"A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind." - Albert Einstein

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. "

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."

"The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while."

"Each of us visits this Earth involuntarily, and without an invitation. For me, it is enough to wonder at the secrets."

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."

"The American lives even more for his goals, for the future, than the European. Life for him is always becoming, never being."


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