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I hope some of these selected quotes will strike a chord with you - they certainly did with me!


Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy.  And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend.  (Saadi, Persian poet, 1184-1291)

Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of travelling (Margaret Lee Runbeck)

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  (Norman Mac Ewan)

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.  (Henry David Thoreau)

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

Failure is not the worst thing in the world.  The very worst is not to try.

You can only make others better by being good yourself.  (Hugh R Hanels)

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. (Kenyan proverb)

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.  (Marie Curie)

No man is free who cannot command himself.  (Pythagoras)

All life is an experiment.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

A day without laughter is a day wasted.  (Charlie Chaplin)

Courage is not absence of fear, it is control of fear, mastery of fear.  (Mark Twain)

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.  (Emerson)

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.  (Einstein)

Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding.  (Einstein)

To get yourself out of the hole, first you have to stop digging.  (Confucius)

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 to you, The world is what you are.  (Thomas Dreier)

In this universe it is love that binds everything together. Love is the very foundation, beauty and fulfillment of life.  (Amma)

Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if you aimed at an object on a level with yourself.  (J Hawes)

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first.  (Mark Twain)

Wealth is not only what you have but also what you are.  (Sterling W Still)

Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far one can go.  (T S Elliot)

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.  (Jules Renard)

A journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step.  (Lao-tzu)

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.

Failures are divided into two classes - those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.  (John Charles Salak)

When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace.  (J Lubbock)

My father taught me to always do more than you get paid for as an investment in your future.  Whether you stay six weeks, six months or six years, always leave it better than you found it.

Some people may think themselves superior in life, but it's worth remembering that when life reaches its conclusion, everyone ends up side by side, in the ground.  (M Jones)

It is the act of learning which grants the greates enjoyment.  (Carl Friedrich Gauss)

Many receive advice.  Only the wise profit from it.  (Syrus)

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.  (C W Ceran)

I always say to myself, what is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment.  (Francoise de La Rochefauld)

Study as if you were to live forever.  Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.  (Isidore of Seville)

Wisdom is not in words; Wisdom is meaning within words.

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.  (Ralph Nader)

Universe puts us in places where we can learn.  They are never easy places, but they are right.  Wherever we are, it's the right place, and the right time.  Pain that sometimes comes is part of the process of constantly being born.  (Babylon 5)

Then I will tell you a great secret, Captain. Perhaps the greatest of all time. The molecules of your body are the same molecules that make up this station and the nebula outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are starstuff, we are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out. As we have both learned, sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective.  (Babylon 5)

We believe that the universe itself is conscious in a way we can never truly understand. It is engaged in a search for meaning. So it .. breaks itself apart, investing its own consciousness in every form of life.  (Babylon 5)

Love is passion, obsession, something you can't live without. Fall head over heals.  Find someone you can love like crazy and who will love you the same way back.  How do you find it?  Well, you forget your head and listen to your heart.  There's no sense living your life without love.  To make the journey and not fall deeply in love - well, you haven't lived your life at all.  But you have to try, because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived.  Stay open: who knows, lightening could strike!  ("Meet Joe Black")