INSTANT WISDOM

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Do what you will but make sure you will it.

You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live
long enough to make them all yourself. -Sam Levenson

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering
away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack
showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two,
and I know it was not that blow that did it -- but all that had gone
before. -Jacob Rus

In feature films the directory is God; in documentary films God is the
director. -Alfred Hitchcock

A man said his credit card was stolen but he decided not to report it
because the thief was spending less than his wife did.

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond
them into the impossible. -Arthur C. Clarke

Universities are full of Knowledge; 
the freshmen bring a little in, 
the seniors take none away, 
and the knowledge there accumulates.
-Abbott Lawrence Lowell

Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, 
I did not say so. -David Grayson

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be
stupid with them. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Treasure each other in the recognition that we do not know how long 
we shall have each other. -Joshua Loth Liebman

There is something about nature out of control that touches a primal
terror. We are used to the idea that we're the masters of our domain
and that God has given us this earth to rule over. We need this
illusion like a good night-light. The truth is more fearsome: we are
as frail as young trees in tornadoes, and our beloved homes are one
flood away from driftwood. We plant our roots in trembling earth, we
live where mountains rose and fell and prehistoric seas burned away in
mist. We and the towns we build are not permanent; the earth itself is
a passing train. When you stand in muddy water that is rising toward
your waist and you hear people shouting against the darkness and see
their figures struggling to hold back the currents that will not be
denied, you realize the truth of it: we will not win, but we cannot
give up. -Robert McCammon

Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you
said couldn't be done. -Sam Ewing

Where the heart is willing it will find a thousand ways. Where it is
unwilling it will find a thousand excuses. -Arlen Price

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything. 
-Arabian proverb

It's a pity that things weren't arranged so that an empty head, like
an empty stomach, would not let us rest until we put something in it.
-Red Gray

To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be
the world. -Brandi Snyder

Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself,
"I have failed three times," and what happens when he says, "I'm a
failure." -S. I. Hayakawa

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love
you back. Don't expect love in return, just wait for it to grow in
their hearts. But... if it doesn't, be content that it grew in yours. 

Love is when you take away the feeling, the passion, the romance and
you find out you still care for that person. 

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the
ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye, and 
it puts everything out of focus. Hold it at proper viewing distance, 
and it can be examined and classified. Throw it at your feet, and it
can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the
pathway to eternity. -Celia Luce

I have the simplest of tastes. I easily get satisfied with the best.
-Oscar Wilde

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of
the game, the stakes, and the quitting time. -Chinese proverb

I hate flowers. I only paint them because they're cheaper than models
and they don't move. -Georgia O'Keefe

Time invested in improving ourselves cuts down on time wasted in
disapproving of others.  

In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process
never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our
own responsibility. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Office Prayer
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The
courage to change the things I cannot accept, and the wisdom to hide
the bodies of those people I had to kill today because they pissed me
off and also, help me to be careful of the toes I step on today, as
they may be connected to the ass that I may have to kiss tomorrow.

Bad is never good until worse happens. -Danish proverb

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so
long to begin it.

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of ages, may be preserved
by quotation. -Isaac D'Israeli

If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the
world will not raise your price.  

Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be.
-Karen Ravn

The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it,
to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never
persist in trying to set people right.
-Hannah Whitall Smith

True love always makes a man better, no matter what woman inspires it.
-Alexandre Dumas

The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.
The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.
-Pierre De Coubertin

Kindness is a language which the deaf man can hear and the blind man
read. -Mark Twain

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry
it with us or we find it not. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of
one small candle. -Arthur Gordon

When asked to share the top reason for their marital success, the men
and women said, "My spouse is my best friend."  When the dust settles
from a passionate courtship, what's left - and what will keep that
marriage growing and vital - is friendship. -Jan Yager

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of
justice. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will
ever regret. 

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing,
wind braces up, snow is exhilarating;
there is no such thing as bad weather,
only different kinds of good weather.
-John Ruskin

Continuing to cling to the patterns you know inhibits your ability to
discover what you don't know.
-Eric Allenbaugh

One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to
self-confidence is preparation. -Arthur Ashe

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end, may also
be the beginning. -Ivy Baker Priest

You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going
to go to bed with satisfaction. -George Horace Lorimer

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the 
life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln

No man is capable of self-improvement if he sees no other model but
himself. -Conrado I. Generoso

If you want to see something done, just tell some human beings it
can't be done. Make it known that it's impossible to fly to the moon,
or run a hundred meters in nine-point-nine seconds, or solve Fermat's
Last Theorem. Remind the world that no one has ever hit sixty-two home
runs in a season. Stuffed eighteen people into a Volkswagen Bug. Set
half the world free. Or cloned a sheep. Dangle the undoable in front
of the world. Then, consider it done. -Merrill Lynch advertisement

Booklovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly,
and perhaps a few of them are so. But there are others who will lie
and scheme and steal to get books as wildly and unconsciously as the
dope-taker in pursuit of his drug. -Robertson Davies

Always remember when you are on top of the world, that the earth
rotates every 24 hrs. -Steve G. Makris

Only those who have to do simple things perfectly will aquire the
skill to do difficult things easily. -Johann Schiller

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

The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head
and hands. -Robert M. Pirsig

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
-Francis Roberts

It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.
-Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad.

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

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you
plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only
with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at
the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
-Kahlil Gibran

I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my
nightmares because of my dreams. -Jonas Salk

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