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1. “Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. “When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” – William Arthur Ward

3. “Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.” – Henry Emerson Fosdick

4. “Persistent people begin their success where others end in failures.” – Edward Eggleston

5. “Show me a man with both feet on the ground, and I’ll show you a man who can’t put his pants on.” – Arthur K. Watson

6. “O senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm and yet will make Gods by the dozen!” – Michel de Montaigne

7. “Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

8. “Inside every large program is a small program struggling to get out.” – Tony Hoare

9. “Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” – Heraclitus

10. “It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.” – Alfred Adler

11. “If a man points at the moon, an idiot will look at the finger.” – Sufi wisdom

12. “A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

13. “Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.” – Chuang-tzu

14. “The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief.” – Frank Barron

14. “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” – Francis Bacon

15. “The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.” – George Bernard Shaw

16. “Noise proves nothing—often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.” – Mark Twain

17. “The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.” – John Vance Cheney

18. “There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.” – Aristotle

19. “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” – Tom Robbins

20. “Nothing worse could happen to a person than to be completely understood.” – Carl Jung

21. “Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” – Robert Anthony

22. “Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.” – Demosthenes

23. “There’s as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something.” – Trammel Crow

24. “We must travel in the direction of our fear.” – John Berryman

25. “Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

26. “The truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” – Herbert Sebastian Agar

27. “We are no longer happy as soon as we wish to be happier.” – Walter Savage Landor

28. “To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.” – Theophile Gautier

29. “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide

30. “Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for.” – Tennessee Williams

31. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins

32. “They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.” – Francis Bacon

33. “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction” – E. F. Schumacher

34. “Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” – Henry Winkler

35. “Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” – Norman Cousins

36. “A bit of perfume always clings to the hand that gives the rose.” – Chinese proverb

37. “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” – Susan B Anthony

38. “All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain is because of other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished.” – Marshall Rosenbergway

39. “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” – Barry LePatner

40. “A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.” – William James

41. “If you have the same problem for a long time, maybe it’s not a problem. Maybe it’s a fact.” – Yitzhak Rabin

42. “There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

43. “Curiosity is a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance.” – S. Leonard Rubinstein

44. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim

45. “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” – Albert Einstein

46. “Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count.” – Albert Einstein

47. “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” – Eckhart Tolle

48. “Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance.” – Anthony de Mello

49. “We have produced many of our problems through our confused mental states.” – Tenzin Palmo

50. “Everything is the same spirit watching itself through the eyes of different observers.” – Depak Chopra

51. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

52. “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” – Elbert Hubbard

53. “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” – Chinese Proverb

54. “The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.” – Yogananda

55. “Perhaps you have moved away by standing still.” – Anonymous

56. Are you willing to let go of all you hold dear to grasp what is real? – N. Robison

57. “He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.” – Raymond Hull

58. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci

59. “The recognition of the false is already the arising of the real.” – Eckhart Tolle

60. “Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.” – Pythagoras

61. “All great truths begin as blasphemies.” – George Bernard Shaw

62. “You can’t reason someone out of something he didn’t reason himself into.” – Jonathan Swift (via Alfie Kohn)

63. “The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.” – William Somerset

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