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It takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow.

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.

Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't now it so it goes on flying anyway.

Mary Kay Ash

Far away, there in the sunshine, are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.

Louisa May Alcott

If a man is called to be a streesweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

You may not have been responsible for your heritage, but you are responsible for your future.

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.

The mind, like a parachute, functions only when open.

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Henry Ford

Keep trying. It's only from the valley that the mountain seems high.

Don't wait for your ship to come in; swim out to it.

Failure is success if we learn from it.

Malcolm S. Forbes

The greatest mistake a person can make is to be afraid of making one.

Elbert Hubbard

People can alter their lives by altering their attitudes.

William James

The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

Chinese Proverb

It is never too late to be what you might have become.

George Eliot

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

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden

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

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Act as though it were impossible to fail.

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 Riis

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Make the mistakes of yesterday your lessons for today.

Well done is better than well said.

Ben Franklin

Do not follow where the path may lead...Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.

General George S. Patton

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart."

Marcus Aurelius

"Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have."

Louis E. Boone

"Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it. Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before."

James Buckham

"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."

Dale Carnegie

"Remember where you have been and know where you are goi"There are two types of people - those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am," and those who come into a room and say, "Ah, there you are."

Frederick Collins

"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."

William James

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."

Helen Keller

ng. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way."

Nikita Koloff

"Life is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time."

Margaret Mead

"Take the most difficult challenge you are now facing and turn it into the greatest opportunity to grow simply by changing how you see it. Dead ends then become turning points."

Bob Perks

"Knowing which way to turn gives you self confidence. Taking a chance and going the opposite way gives you a chance to see what you are made of."

Bob Perks

"One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others."

Archibald Rutledge

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."

Elinor Smith

"Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do."

Liz Smith

"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone."

Gladys Berthe Stern

"Do not wait for ideal circumstances, nor the best opportunities; they will never come."

Janet E. Stuart

"If you do not do the thing you fear, the fear controls your life."

Brian Tracy

"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."

Mark Twain

"The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause."

Mark Twain

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

Harold Whitman

"You can have everything in life you want if you'll just help enough other people to get what they want!"

Zig Ziglar

"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you."

William Arthur Ward

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."

Booker T. Washington

"Maturity means being emotionally and mentally healthy. It is that time when you know when to say yes, when to say no, and when to say WHOOPEE!"

Author Unknown

"Happiness is not getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got."

Author Unknown

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: "no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall".

Eleanor Roosevelt

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending and having the two as close together as possible.

George Burns

Santa Claus has the right idea - visit people only once a year.

Victor Borge


Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

Mark Twain


What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce.

Mark Twain

My wife is a sex object - every time I ask for sex, she objects.

Les Dawson

By all means marry: If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get
a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.


I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.

Groucho Marx

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech - every now and then she
stops to breathe.

Jimmy Durante

The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness,
can be trained to do most things.

Jilly Cooper

I never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food
groups: Alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.

Alex Levine

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

Mark Twain

My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying.

Ed Furgol

Money can't buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form
of misery.

Spike Milligan

What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money.

Henny Youngman

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.

Mark Twain

Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was 'shut up.'

Joe Namath

I'm very pleased to be here. Let's face it, at my age I'm very pleased to be anywhere.

George Burns