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...I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but
the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort...

        -Elizabeth King

...Why is it that human sincerity always excites love? Can it be as the
poets suggest, that in the ultimate analysis it is itself love?


   The sense of humour has other things to do
       than to make itself conspicuous in the act
       of laughter.

        -Alice Meynell

...One should stick by ones soul, and by nothing else. In ones soul, one
knows the truth from the untruth, and life from death...


...Art is the name for the whole process of intelligence by which life,
understanding its own conditions, turns them into the most interesting 
or exquisite account...

        -Irwin Edman

...An idea isnt responsible for the people who believe in it...

        -Don Marquis

...One forgives to the degree that one loves...

        -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

...Eloquence is the transference of thought and emotion from one heart
to another, no matter how it is done...

        -John Gough
...Love never reasons but profusely gives; gives like a thoughtless 
prodigal, its all, and trembles then lest it has done too little...

        -Hannah More

   And in the average man is curled
   The hero stuff that rules the world.

        -Sam Foss

...Some things arrive in their own mysterious hour, on their own terms 
and not yours, to be seized or relinquished forever...

        -Gail Godwin

...Reality is above all else a variable, and nobody is qualified to say
that he or she knows exactly what it is. As a matter of fact, with a firm
enough commitment, you can sometimes create a reality which did not exist

        -Margaret Halsey 1977

...Abridge your hopes in proportion to the shortness of the span of human
life; for while we converse, the hours, as if envious of our pleasure,
fly away: enjoy therefore the present time...

   Here's to your heart     
   May it ever be full
   of the love of loving...

        -Frank Horne

...When I hear someone sigh that 'Life is hard', I am always tempted
to ask, 'Compared to what?'...

        -Sydney Harris

...If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average...


...Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative...

        -H. Wells

...Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make, something
you do, something you are, and something you give away...

        -Robert Fulgham

   Ours too the glance none saw beside;
    The smile none else might understand;
   The whisper'd thought of hearts allied;
    The pressure of the thrilling hand;
   The kiss so guiltless and refin'd
    That Love each warmer wish forbore;
   Those eyes proclaim'd so pure a mind,
    Ev'n passion blush'd to plead for more.

        -Lord Byron                         
...We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes
seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its
own talents...

        -Eric Hoffer 1955

...Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that
stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness
that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful
conditions, all heavenly environment...if you but remain true...your
world will at last be built.
         -James Allen 

...The heart...commonly triumphs in every struggle with the understanding...

        -Philip Stanhope 1750

...Life, like every other blessing, derives its value from its use alone...

        -Samuel Johnson

   May the hinges of friendship never rust,     
   nor the wings of love lose a feather.       
        -Dean Ramsey 

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