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   Learn from the earliest days to inure your principles against 
   the perils of ridicule:  you can no more exercise your reason 
   if you live in constant dread of laughter than you can enjoy 
   your life if you are in the constant terror of death. 

                                                   Sydney Smith

   The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of 
   adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, 
   and truth over popularity.  These are the choices that measure 
   your life. Travel the road of integrity without looking back, 
   for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing!

                                                Author unknown

   Use what language you will you can never say anything but what 
   you are. 

                                             Ralph Waldo Emerson

   We are what we repeatedly do.


   Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a 
   particular way -- you become just by performing just actions, 
   temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing 
   brave actions.

   Be a pattern to others and then all will go well;  for as a 
   whole city is infected by the licentious passions and vices of 
   great men so it is likewise reformed by their moderation. 


   One of the greatest artifices the devil uses to engage men in 
   vice and debauchery is to fasten names of contempt on certain 
   virtues and thus fill weak souls with a foolish fear of passing 
   for scrupulous should they desire to put them in practice. 


   Learning teaches how to carry things in suspense without 
   prejudice till you resolve. 

   Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writing 
   so that you shall come easily by what others have labored 
   hard for. 

   The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is 
   to be in reality what we would appear to be. 


   It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and 
   occupation that gives happiness.

                                                   Thomas Jefferson

   And They Say There Is No God!

     The moon at night and the sun by day,
     Migrating birds when skys are gray...
     Whispering breezes, soft summer rain,
   Shimmering fields of ripe, golden grain...
       Seasons of change as if on cue, 
        Acres of flowers of every hue...
   Shrimp boats at twilight, an eagle on wing,
     New budding trees whispering spring... 
   Valleys and mountains, rivers and streams,
   Magnolia nights with shiny moonbeams...
       December days whiter than fleece,
     An unknown soldier resting in peace...
      Puppies and kittens made to love,
     Sunsets and rainbows high above...
        Mother and child in rocking chair, 
   Dad's calloused hands folded in prayer...
       And they say there is no God!

                     Clay Harrison

   Half the work that is done in this world is to make things 
   appear what they are not. 

                                                    E. R. Beadle

   Rashness is the characteristic of ardent youth, and prudence 
   that of mellowed age. 


   Education is the best provision for old age.

   Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
   Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and
   rumored by many.  Do not believe in anything simply because it
   is found written in your religious books.  Do not believe in 
   anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
   Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed
   down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, 
   when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive
   to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and 
   live up to it.

   When thou hast profited so much that thou respectest thyself, 
   thou mayest let go thy tutor. 

   Say nothing of yourself, either good, bad or indifferent;  
   nothing good, for that is vanity;  nothing bad, for that is 
   affectation; nothing indifferent, for that is silly.

   A man's accusations of himself are always believed;  his 
   praises of self never. 


   Seeds of Success

   Success is doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, 
   the way it ought to be done, whether you want to do it or not.

   A man's praises have very musical and charming accents in the 
   mouth of another, but sound very flat and untunable in his own. 


   He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the 
   wealth of nature. 

   Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having 
   few wants. 

   Nothing in the world will take the place of persistence. Talent 
   will not; nothing is more common than the unsuccessful person 
   with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a 
   proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated 
   derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. 
   The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the 
   problems of the human race. 
                                               Calvin Coolidge

   Wealth is not acquired, as many people suppose, by fortunate 
   speculations and splendid enterprises, but by the daily 
   practice of industry, frugality, and economy.  He who depends 
   upon these means will rarely be found destitute, and he who 
   relies upon any other will generally become bankrupt. 
                                                 Francis Wayland 

   A good foundation, definite goals, and an effective working set 
   of tactics -- that is what brings the stars down to earth.

   Effective tactics bring results - but not in a day, not in a 
   week - perhaps a year, perhaps five years;  and so with 
   effective tactics one needs patience and courage - especially 
   courage - courage to stick with your tactics in the face of 
   criticism and ridicule.

   The Race of Life can be likened unto a general directing a huge 
   army of many divisions - the crucial element is the strategy 
   employed - and success or failure cannot be determined by 
   looking at the success or failure of one small element.  The 
   main question is the effectiveness and strength of the overall 

   The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend 
   upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best 
   plan for living happily.  This is the man of moderation, the 
   man of manly character and of wisdom. 

   Children are people under construction.

   No man is free who is a slave to the flesh. 

                                             Lucius Annaeus Seneca

   To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.

                                               Benjamin Franklin

   One person can bring a horse to the river but a hundred cannot 
   make it drink.

   When a person grows to like himself, he becomes more tolerant 
   of others. 

                                              Strawberry Wisdom
                                               by Lao Wei

   Many people worry a lot today about tomorrow because they 
   didn't worry a little yesterday about today. 

                                             Capsules of Wisdom

   If you do not desire much, little will seem much to you, for 
   small wants give poverty the power of wealth. 


   If you treat everybody courteously, it will surprise you how 
   courteous they all become.

                                                 Skunk River Sage

   Those who have learned to love most have learned to forgive 

                                                      Table Talk

   Content lodges oftener in cottages than palaces.

                                                    Thomas Fuller

   One cannot love what he cannot respect, whether it be himself 
   or another. 

                                                      Scott Keyes

   Success doesn't spoil anybody who wasn't a little rotten to 
   begin with. 

                                                       Joni Cagle

   If you have a clear conscience and good health, if you have a 
   few good friends and a happy home, if your heart has kept its 
   youth and your soul its honesty, then cheer up --- you are one 
   of life's fortunate millionaires. 

                                                 American Salesman

   He that respects himself is safe from others:  He wears a coat 
   of mail that none can pierce. 

                                        Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

   Courtesy is owed; respect is earned; love is given.

                                                       Ruth Brown

   If you want to be loved, you have to be worth loving.

                                                     Ann Anderson

   Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.


   The more you lean on others, the leaner your chances of 

                                                       Dean Bowie

   The worst things:  To be in bed and sleep not, to want for 
   someone who comes not, to try to please and please not. 

                                                  Egyptian Proverb

   It's often easier to get what you want than to enjoy it after 
   you have it. 

                                                   Frank Clark

   Money may buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag 
   his tail. 

                                                     Lyle Brown

   When ignorance and arrogance marry, the devil is the 

                                         Father Claude Kiarkowski
                                              in Catholic Quote

   A person needs some prominence to have enemies --- anyone can 
   have friends. 

                                                The Country Parson

   The small stones which fill up the crevices have almost as much 
   to do with making the fair and firm wall as the great rocks; so 
   wise use of spare moments contributes not a little to the 
   building up in good proportions a man's mind. 

                                                Edwin Paxton Hood

   It is wiser to lead than to push, to request than to demand, to 
   suggest than to insist, to inspire than to compel, to motivate 
   than to manipulate. 

                                              William Arthur Ward

   Defeat never comes to any man unless he admits it.

                                                Josephus Daniels

   Since virtually all our troubles are caused by our own 
   stupidity, to complain about our troubles is to confess our 

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   Express gratitude generously and sincerely; receive gratitude 
   humbly and graciously; expect gratitude rarely if ever. 

                                            William Arthur Ward

   All travel has its advantages.  If the traveler visits better 
   countries, he may learn to improve his own; and if fortune 
   carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy his own. 

                                                    Samuel Johnson

   A sound body is a first-class thing; a sound mind is an even 
   better thing; but the thing that counts for most in the 
   individual as in the nation is character, the sum of those 
   qualities which make a man a good man and a woman a good woman. 

                                                Theodore Roosevelt

   Money can be lost ... beauty normally fades with the years ... 
   health may fail or some disease may strike ... friends usually 
   vanish, perhaps die.  Only memories remain for as long as you 
   live.  So, live that your memories will make you glad rather 
   than sad. 
                                                      George Dubow

   If there is one thing in life that you alone are the absolute 
   and final judge of, it is whether you are a success or a 

                                                     Joan Sweet

   We are all handicapped people; it's just that the majority of 
   us have handicaps which don't show. 
                                             Arnot L. Sheppard Jr.

   A seventh grade pupil in Cincinnati won a $25 Savings Bond for 
   a suggestion that more "LSD" is the answer to today's drug 
   abuse problem.  The boy wrote in his essay: "What kids of today 
   need is lots of LSD --- love, security and discipline." 

                                                      Herm Albright

   After several decades of working with people, listening to 
   them, teaching them and counseling them, I have made the 
   following observations: 
     The joyful people are those who are generous and kind; the 
   miserable people are those who are selfish and unforgiving.
     The problem solvers are those who are powered by faith and 
   optimism; the problem people are those whose lives are drained 
   by doubts and pessimism. 
     The winners are those who have learned to take full 
   responsibility for their actions; the losers are those who have 
   a handy excuse for their failures. 
     Troubles come to pass; they do not come to stay.
     Most of us are greater than we dare to believe.
     The simplist person can see God's hand in nature; the wise 
   person can see God's face in his fellow man. 

                                               William Arthur Ward

   Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, 
   and remember what peace there may be in silence. 
   As far as possible, without surrender, 
   be on good terms with all persons. 
   Speak your truth quietly and clearly; 
   and listen to others, 
   even to the dull and the ignorant; 
   they too have their story. 
   Avoid loud and aggressive persons; 
   they are vexatious to the spirit. 
   If you compare yourself with others, 
   you may become vain or bitter, 
   for always there will be greater and lesser persons than
   Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 
   Keep interested in your own career, however humble; 
   it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. 
   Exercise caution in your business affairs, 
   for the world is full of trickery. 
   But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; 
   many persons strive for high ideals, 
   and everywhere life is full of heroism. 
   Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. 
   Neither be cynical about love, 
   for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, 
   it is as perennial as the grass. 
   Take kindly the counsel of the years, 
   gracefully surrendering the things of youth. 
   Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. 
   But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. 
   Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. 
   Beyond a wholesome discipline, 
   be gentle with yourself. 
   You are a child of the universe 
   no less than the trees and the stars; 
   you have a right to be here. 
   And whether or not it is clear to you, 
   no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 
   Therefore be at peace with God, 
   whatever you conceive Him to be. 
   And whatever your labors and aspirations, 
   in the noisy confusion of life, 
   keep peace in your soul. 
   With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, 
   it is still a beautiful world. 
   Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
                                       Max Ehrmann

   The secret to happiness and well-being is no mystery.  All it 
   takes is the ability to do the following:
   Admit errors.
   Avoid mistakes.
   Listen to advice.
   Keep your temper.
   Shoulder the blame.
   Make the best of things.
   Maintain high standards.
   Think first and act accordingly.
   Put the needs of others before your own.

   Worthwhile folks don't just happen.  You aren't born 
   worthwhile.  You are born with the possibilities of becoming 
   worthwhile.  Your job is to discover and develop the man or 
   woman you ought to be. 

                                           Robert Louis Stevenson

   Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things 
   which cannot be overcome when they are together yield 
   themselves up when taken little by little. 

   Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will 
   be what thou wilt. 

   An obstinate man does not hold opinions; they hold him.

                                                   Alexander Pope

   Folks with good habits also seem to have most of the good luck. 

                                               The Country Parson

   Only choose in marriage a woman whom you would choose as a 
   friend if she were a man. 
                                                   Joseph Joubert

   Truthfulness is a cornerstone in character, and if it is not 
   firmly laid in youth, there will ever be a weak spot in the 
                                                 Jefferson Davis

   Happiness is inward and not outward, and so it does not depend 
   on what we have but on what we are. 
                                                   Henry Van Dyke

   The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that 
   real life is love, laughter and work. 

                                                    Elbert Hubbard

   There is no man that lives who does not need to be drilled, 
   disciplined and developed into something higher and nobler and 
   better than he is by nature. 
                                                Henry Ward Beecher

   Even the wisest men make fools of themselves about women and 
   even the most foolish woman is wise about men. 

                                                     Theodor Reik

   For every man you can trust, there was first a boy who was 
                                                     Robert Brault

   Wealth, after all, is a relative thing, since he that has 
   little, and wants less, is richer than he who has much and 
   wants more. 

                                                    C. C. Colton

   There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help 
   themselves.  You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be 
   willing to climb himself. 
                                                   Andrew Carnegie

   The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. 

                                                Albert Schweitzer

  Benjamin Franklin's Thirteen Guiding Precepts

   1. Temperance.  Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
   2. Silence.  Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; 
       avoid trifling conversation. 
   3. Order.  Let all your things have their places; let each part 
       of your business have its time.
   4. Resolution.  Resolve to perform what you ought; perform 
       without fail what you resolve.
   5. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. 
       waste nothing.
   6. Industry.  Lose no time; be always employed in something 
       useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
   7. Sincerity.  Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and 
       justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
   8. Justice.  Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the 
       benefits that are your duty.
   9. Moderation.  Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so 
       much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness.  Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or 
  11. Tranquillity.  Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents 
       common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity.
  13. Humility.  Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

   The prescription for happiness is best filled by a loving mate. 

                                                       Frank Walsh

   Only the loving find love --- and they never have to look.

                                                    Alice Wheeler

   Our attitude toward the world around us depends upon what we 
   are ourselves.  If we are selfish, we will be suspicious of 
   others.  If we are of a generous nature, we will likely be more 
   trustful.  If we are quite honest ourselves, we won't always be 
   anticipating deceit in others.  If we are inclined to be fair, 
   we won't feel we are being cheated.  In a sense, looking at 
   people around you is like looking in a mirror.  You see a 
   reflection of yourself. 

                                                     Good Reading

   There is no disguise which can long conceal love where it does 
   exist or feign it where it does not exist. 

                                     Francois de la Rochefoucauld

   Blessed is he that expects nothing, for he shall never be 

   If you want respect, show others you respect them.

   Don't ever slam a door; you might want to go back.

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   He approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, 
   even though he is in the right. 

                                                  Cato the Elder

   The truly wise are always simple --- simple friendliness, 
   simple decency, simple goodwill between man and man.  It is the 
   little mind that spins complications. 
                                                 Eugene P. Berlin

   The greatest wealth is to live content with little for there is 
   never want where the mind is satisfied. 

   All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  The 
   mind is everything.  What we think we become. 

   Happiness is dependent on the taste and not on things.  It is 
   by having what we like that we are made happy, not by having 
   what others think desirable.  

                                      Francois de La Rochefoucauld

   It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness; 
   and I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly 
   great man that was not truly virtuous. 


   Some rules for living from Robert Louis Stevenson:
   1. Make up your mind to be happy --- learn to find pleasure in 
       simple things. 
   2. Make the best of circumstances.  No one has everything, and 
       everyone has something of sorrow.
   3. Don't take yourself too seriously.
   4. Don't let criticism worry you --- you can't please everyone.
   5. Don't let your neighbors set your standards --- be yourself.
   6. Do things you enjoy doing, but stay out of debt.
   7. Don't borrow trouble.  Imaginary things are harder to bear 
       than actual ones. 
   8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish enmities or 
       grudges.  Avoid people who make you unhappy.
   9. Have many interests.  If you can't travel, read about 
  10. Don't hold post-mortems or spend time brooding over sorrows 
       and mistakes. 
  11. Don't be the one who never gets over things.
  12. Keep busy at something.  A very busy person never has time 
       to be unhappy. 

   A person who talks about his inferiors hasn't any.

                                                  Hawaiian Proverb

   He who seeks fulfillment will not find it in the horn of 
   plenty, in the fountain of youth, on the merry-go-round of 
   revelry nor in the armory of prestige, popularity and power, 
   but on the humble path of gratitude and service to his fellow 

                                               William Arthur Ward

   There are far too many people in the world who live without 
   working, and far too many who work without living. 


   It is the parents who allow their children to do everything 
   they please who are not loved later in life. 

                                                   Fulton J. Sheen

   Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the 
   noble art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life 
   consists in the elimination of nonessentials. 

                                                       Lin Yutang

   Few persons realize how much of their happiness is dependent 
   upon their work, upon the fact that they are kept busy and not 
   left to feed upon themselves.  Happiness comes most to persons 
   who seek her least, and think least about it.  It is not an 
   object to be sought; it is a state to be induced;  It must 
   follow and not lead.  It must overtake you and not you overtake 

                                                    John Burroughs

   Real security is based on wanting less --- not having more.

                                               The Country Parson

   Beauty pleases the eyes only; sweetness of disposition charms 
   the soul. 

   To make the destruction of a child sure, give him unwatched 
   liberty after dark.

                                                Henry Ward Beecher

   Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in 
                                                 Honore de Balzac

   So remarkably perverse is the nature of man that he despises 
   those that court him and admires whoever will not bend before 


   If you worry about what people think of you, it means that you 
   have more confidence in their opinions than you have in your 

                                                    Harold Hayden

   As restrictions and prohibitions are multiplied, the people 
   grow poorer and poorer.  When they are subjected to overmuch 
   government, the land is thrown into confusion. 


   He who looks for a mule without a fault goes on foot.

                                                 Spanish Proverb

   Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained;  
   most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources. 

                                                  Herbert Spencer

   It is vain to hope to please all alike.  Let a man stand with 
   his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn 
   his back on one half of the world. 

                                          George Dennison Prentice

   What's done to children, they will do to society.

                                               Dr. Karl Menninger

   If you want to know the secret of a long, happy marriage, study 
   the wife, not the husband. 

                                             Jean Jacques Rousseau

   You never can win an argument if you're having it with someone 
   who doesn't understand the subject. 

                                                  The Country Parson

   The true way to gain much is never to desire to gain too much.  
   He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; 
   and he is not poor that enjoys little, but that wants much. 

                                                  Francis Beaumont

   He who teaches his child to be thrifty and economical has 
   already bequeathed him a fortune. 

                                                   Garth Henrichs

   It is not lack of love but lack of friendship that makes 
   unhappy marriages. 
                                       Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzche

   Never speak ill of yourself; your friends will always say 
   enough on that subject. 

   I don't waste time worrying about what I don't have.  I just 
   try to do the best I can with what I do have. 

                                                    Harry S Truman

   The finest hours of life are not those spent among groups of 
   people, but in good conversation with a few, in reading good 
   books, in listening to great music, wandering in a forest of 
   giant Sequoias, peering into a microscope, unraveling Nature's 
   secrets in a laboratory.  The men who have the most to give 
   their fellowmen are those who have enriched their minds and 
   hearts in solitude.  It is a poor education that does not fit a 
   man to be alone with himself. 

                                           Joel Henry Hildebrand

   When we have provided against cold, hunger and thirst, all the 
   rest is but vanity and excess. 

   A man's accusations of himself are always believed; his praises 
   of self never. 
                                             Michael de Montaigne

   It is with our judgment as with our watches.  No two go just 
   alike, yet each believes his own. 

                                                 Alexander Pope

   Wisdom isn't the acquisition of knowledge.  It's knowing which 
   knowledge is worth acquiring. 

                                                      Frank Tyger

   Nothing is more certain than this --- the person who cannot be 
   happy without money will never be happy with money.  One has 
   only to read the daily papers to see that the wealthiest are 
   not necessarily the happiest.  If money does not make people 
   happy, neither does it keep them from being happy.  Happiness 
   is independent of money, but dependent upon the spirit within. 

                                                     Harold Hayden

   A man's hatred of his own condition no more helps to improve it 
   than hatred of other people tends to improve them.

                                                  George Santayama

   Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility.  
   An able and yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom. 

                                                     William Penn

   We are never more discontented with others than when we are 
   discontented with ourselves.  The consciousness of wrong-doing 
   makes us irritable, and our heart in its cunning, quarrels with 
   what is outside it, in order that it may deafen clamor within. 

                                            Henri Frederic Amiel

   The secret of happiness is something to do.

                                                 John Burroughs

   Nothing is more unworthy of a wise man, or ought to trouble him 
   more, than to have allowed more time for trifling and useless 
   things than they deserved.  


   It goes far toward making a man faithful to let him understand 
   that you think him so; and he that does but suspect that I will 
   deceive him gives me a sort of right to do so. 


   There are two ways to sufficiency and happiness.  We may either 
   diminish our wants or augment our means; either will do --- the 
   result is the same.  But if you are very wise, you will do both 
   in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society. 

                                                 Benjamin Franklin

   The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you 
   have, and to lose all desire for things beyond your reach. 

                                                       Lin Yutang

   The man who is inquisitive into the secrets of your affairs, 
   with which he has no concern, should be an object of your 
   caution.  Men no more desire another's secrets to conceal them 
   than they would another's purse for the pleasure of carrying 

                                                    Henry Fielding

   Take time to think --- thoughts are the source of power.
   Take time to play --- play is the secret of perpetual youth.
   Take time to read --- reading is the fountain of wisdom.
   Take time to pray --- prayer can be a rock of strength in time 
      of trouble. 
   Take time to love --- loving is what makes living worthwhile.
   Take time to be friendly --- friendships give life a delicious 
   Take time to laugh --- laughter is the music of the soul.
   Take time to give --- any day of the year is too short for 
   Take time to do your work well --- pride in your work, no 
      matter what it is, nourishes the ego and the spirit. 
   Take time to show appreciation --- thanks is the frosting on 
      the cake of life. 

   My country owes me nothing.  It gave me, as it gives every boy 
   and girl, a chance.  It gave me schooling, independence of 
   action, opportunity for service and honor. 

                                                    Herbert Hoover

   Man can live longer without food than without faith; longer 
   without drink than without dreams; longer without rest than 
   without respect. 

                                             William Arthur Ward

   Every man loves himself more than all the rest of man, yet sets 
   less value on his own opinion than on the opinion of others. 

                                                   Marcus Aurelius

   To spend before earning is to rest before working, to teach 
   before learning, to speak before thinking and to build before 

                                               William Arthur Ward

   In every activity do your best and let the world make its own 
   appraisal.  You are what you are.  Explanations seldom explain.  
   Cultivate a fine sense of independence, based upon the 
   assurance that you are loyal to a high standard of conduct. 

                                                 Grenville Kleiser

   We attract what we habitually expect; we become what we deeply 
                                                 William Arthur Ward

   Watch your thoughts;
      they become words.
   Watch your words;
      they become actions.
   Watch your actions;
      they become habits.
   Watch your habits;
      they become character.
   Watch your character;
      it becomes your destiny.

                                             Frank Outlaw

   I could prove God statistically.  Take the human body alone --- 
   the chance that all the functions of the individual would just 
   happen is a statistical monstrosity.    
                                                  George Gallop

   Quite often when a man thinks his mind is getting broader, it 
   is only his conscience stretching.

   The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;  the 
   unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to 
   himself.  Therefore all progress depends upon the unreasonable 
                                           George Bernard Shaw

   "Don't tell your troubles to others" a Nantucket sea captain 
   once advised me.  "Most of 'em don't care a hang;  an' the rest 
   are damn glad of it."    
                                           Robert Haven Schauffler

   Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies 
   for the big, worthwhile things.  It isn't the mountain ahead 
   that wears you out --- its the grain of sand in your shoe.

   Sin is first pleasing, then it grows easy, then delightful, 
   then frequent, then habitual, then confirmed;  then the man is 
   impenitent, then he is obstinate, then he is resolved never to 
   repent, and then he is ruined.    

   A friend of Diogenes visited him and found him eating a dinner 
   of lentils.  The friend was a courtier in the court of the 
   king.  He said to Diogenes, "If you would learn to flatter you 
   would not have to eat lentils."  Diogenes replied, "And if you 
   would learn to eat lentils you would not have to flatter."

   The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear 
   to do and get a record of successful experiences behind you. 

                                                     Dale Carnegie

   Don't change horses while crossing a stream.

                                            American Proverb

   Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.

                                                Cato the Censor

   Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and 
   highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course 
   of life. 

   The unexamined life isn't worth living. 


   The best way out of a difficulty is through it. 


   Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek 
   discipline and find your liberty.

                         From Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles 

   Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the 
   school of genius. 

   One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine 
   can do the work of one extraordinary man. 

                                                 Elbert Hubbard

   Constant dripping hollows out a stone. 


   True merit is like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise 
   it makes. 

                                                   Lord Halifax

   There is no education like adversity.

   Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education. 

                                                  Victor Hugo

   I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, 
   I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their 

   Bright lights cast dark shadows when shone from only one 

                                                 David Kelley

   Men willingly believe what they wish. 

                                          Julius Caesar 

   Events of great consequence often spring from trifling 

   The more corrupt the state, the more laws. 


   Anger so clouds the mind, that it cannot perceive the truth. 

                                                 Cato the Elder 

   From lightest words sometimes the direst quarrel springs.  

                                                  Cato the Elder

   Grasp the subject, the words will follow.  

                                             Cato the Elder

   I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he 
   approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even 
   though he is in the right.  
                                            Cato the Elder


   Lighter is the wound foreseen.  

                                       Cato the Elder

   Patience is the greatest of all virtues.  

                                         Cato the Elder

   Tis sometimes the height of wisdom to feign stupidity.  

                                                   Cato the Elder

   We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life 
   enables us to disregard them.  
                                                Cato the Elder


   Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for 
   the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not 
   imitate the successes of the wise.  
                                                Cato the Elder

   A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind. 


   A life of peace, purity, and refinement leads to a calm and 
   untroubled old age.  

   A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a 
   field, however fertile, without cultivation.  

   As the old proverb says "Like readily consorts with like."


   Be sure that it is not you that is mortal, but only your body. 
   For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; 
   the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which can 
   be pointed out by your finger.  

   He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.


   Let your desires be ruled by reason.  

   Nature herself makes the wise man rich.  

   Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.  


   No one can speak well, unless he thoroughly understands his 

   'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak 
   and remove all doubt.  
                                           Abraham Lincoln

   Manifest plainness, 
   Embrace simplicity, 
   Reduce selfishness, 
   Have few desires.  


   Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. 


   Hunger is the best sauce. 

                            Italian Proverb

   Instinct is the nose of the mind. 

                                  Mme. de Girardin

   Three can keep a secret if two are dead.

                                         Benjamin Franklin

   Money makes a good servant, but a bad master. 

                                            Quoted by Bacon

   Who knows most says least.

   Beauty and folly are often companions.

   As is the gardener so is the garden.

   Great boaster, little doer.

   Hot love is soon cold.

   The handsomest flower is not the sweetest.

   He who decries wants to buy.

   Persuasion is better than force.

   The beaten path is the safest.

   He is the greatest conqueror who has conquered himself.

   Small faults indulged let in greater.

   The worst wheel always creaks most.

   Be swift to hear, and with patience give answer.

   The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise 
   man is in his heart.

   A little neglect may breed great mischief.

   A fair skin often covers a crooked mind.

   More people are slain by suppers than by the sword.

   What the fool does in the end the wise man does in the 

   It is easier to stem the brook than the river.

   In the land of the blind the one-eyed is a king.

   In prosperity caution --- in adversity patience.

   There are more foolish buyers than foolish sellers.

   No greater promisers than they who have nothing to give.

   Resolve slowly, act swiftly.

   The moth does most mischief to the finest garment.

   Better to deny at once than to promise long.

   Good words without deeds are rushes and weeds.

   The good seaman is known in bad weather.

   Little dogs start the hare, but great ones catch it.

   To a hasty demand a leisure reply.

   When I did well, I heard it never;  when I did ill I heard it 

   Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own.

   A wholesome tongue is a tree of life.

   He that speaks doth sow, he that holds his peace doth reap.

   Who lives to nature rarely can be poor --- who lives to fancy 
   never can be rich.

   Where the world rebuketh there look out for the excellent.

   For want of a nail the shoe is lost;  for want of a shoe the 
   horse is lost;  and for want of a horse the man is lost.

   Don't put all of your eggs in one basket.

   Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.

   Early to bed and early to rise makes a fellow healthy, wealthy 
   and wise.

   Make hay while the sun shines.

   Haste makes waste.

   If you want enemies, excel your friends;  but if you want 
   friends, let your friends excel you. 

                                                  La Rochefoucauld

   What costs little is little valued.

   None are so blind as those who won't see. 

   A man of pleasure is a man of pains.

   Most haste, worst speed!

   Labor warms, sloth harms.

   As is the gardner so is the garden.

   The pains of mind surpass the pains of sense.

   One eye of the master sees more than four of the servant's.

   There is a lower warmth in kin, but smaller truth in friends.  
   The latter show more surface, and the first have more depth.  
   Relations rally to the rescue, even in estrangement and 
   neglect, where friends will have fled at thy defeat, even after 
   promise and kindness.

                                                      M. Tupper

   I had six honest serving men --- they taught me all I know;  
   Their names were Where and What and When and Why and How and 

   The cow knows not what her tail is worth until she has lost it.

   If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that 
   this is also true of trouble. 

                                                    Elbert Hubbard

   He who seeks only for applause from without has all his 
   happiness in another's keeping. 
                                            Oliver Goldsmith

   In most cases, all an argument proves is that two people are 
                                                     Tony Pettito

   The most consummately beautiful thing in the universe is the 
   rightly fashioned life of a good person.  

                                             George Herbert Palmer

   The true worth of a man is to be measured by the objects he 
                                                 Marcus Aurelius

   We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. 


   Know thyself.

   Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. 


   Better be alone than in bad company.

   Never esteem anything of advantage to thee that shall make thee 
   break thy word or lose thy self-respect. 

                                                Marcus Aurelius

   It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are 
   closely united. 


   A true and genuine impudence is ever the effect of ignorance, 
   without the least sense of it. 


   The man who cannot blush, and who has no feelings of fear, has 
   reached the acme of impudence. 


   The way to avoid the imputation of impudence is, not to be 
   ashamed of what we do, but never to do what we ought to be 
   ashamed of. 

   He that knows the world will not be bashful;  he that knows 
   himself will not be impudent.            
                                                     C. Simmons

   The man who tells me an indelicate story does me an injury. 

                                               J. T. Fields

   An impure man is every good man's enemy. 

                                                   H. W. Beecher

   Few things are needful to make the wise man happy, but nothing 
   satisfies the fool --- and this is the reason why so many of 
   mankind are miserable. 

                                                 La Rochefoucauld

   All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.

   Two is company, three is a crowd.

   A stitch in time saves nine.

   An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

   Familiarity breeds contempt.

   A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

   Riches that are in the heart cannot be stolen. 

                                                  Russian Proverb

   Confidence is a plant of slow growth.

   Fear God, and keep his commandments;  for this is the whole 
   duty of man. 


   Love starts with the eyes.

   The luck of the ugly, the pretty wishes.

   A little neglect may breed great mischief.

   He who knows nothing is confident of everything.

   The highest art is artlessness.

   He that wants looking after is not worth looking after.

   Some people choose their ideas the way they choose their 
   clothes --- according to the latest fashion. 


   Some people will never learn anything, because they understand 
   everything too soon.

   To the jaundiced all things seem yellow.

   If thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. 


   Fear no ill but sin, no being but Almighty God.

   Our very wishes (when realized) give us not our wish.

   A handsome shoe often pinches the foot.

   A fool may be known by six things:  anger, without cause;  
   speech, without profit;  change, without progress;  inquiry, 
   without object;  putting trust in a stranger;  and mistaking 
   foes for friends. 

                                               Arabian Proverb

   Every man is the architect of his own destiny.

   A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes 
   character and good nature to hold him.

   The nail that sticks up gets pounded down. 

                                                 Japanese Proverb

   In the way of righteousness is life;  and in that pathway there 
   is no death. 

   Sow a thought and reap an act
   Sow an act and reap a habit
   Sow a habit and reap a character 
   Sow a character and reap a destiny

   The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.    
                                                  Marcus Aurelius

   One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to 
   apply it.         
                                                   Persian Proverb

   Put an old cat to an old rat  (i.e. it takes a wise old cat to 
   catch a wise old rat)

   Work is often the father of pleasure.    

   A house is built a brick at a time.

   We climb a ladder a rung at a time.

   Thinking is the essence of wisdom.    
                                         Persian Proverb

   Time ripens all things:  no man is born wise.    

   Good manners are made of petty sacrifices.    

   Never let the bottom of your purse or your mind be seen.    

   The mouse that has but one hole is soon caught.    
                                                  Arabian Proverb

   Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.    

   We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.    

   A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.    
                                                           Lao Tzu

   To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.    

   Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.    

   Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice.    

   He who has health has hope;  and he who has hope, has 
                                                 Arabian Proverb

   Never let the bottom of your purse or your mind be seen.    

   A man should learn to sail in all winds.    
                                                 Italian Proverb

   All sunshine makes a desert.    
                                      Arabian Proverb

   The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.    

   The beginnings of all things are small.    

   Forewarned, forearmed;  to be prepared is half the victory.    

   Knowledge without sense is twofold folly.    
                                                Spanish Proverb

   Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls 

   Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.    

   What one does, one becomes.    
                                     Spanish Proverb

   A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit.    

   A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the 
   value of nothing.    
                                                Oscar Wilde

   A small hole can sink a big ship.    
                                         Russian Proverb

   Don't see all you see and don't hear all you hear.    
                                                 Irish Proverb

   Every cloud engenders not a storm.    

   When the fruit is scarcest its taste is sweetest.    
                                                 Irish Proverb

   One dog yelping at nothing will set ten thousand straining at 
   their collars.    
                                                Japanese Proverb

   Good nature, like a bee, collects honey from every herb.  Ill 
   nature, like the spider, sucks poison from the sweetest flower.    

   He conquers who endures.    
                                   Italian Proverb

   We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.    

   A man shows his character by what he laughs at.    
                                                   German Proverb

   Most people are other people.  Their opinions are someone 
   else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a 
                                                      Oscar Wilde

   It is more from carelessness about the truth than from 
   intention of lying that there is so much falsehood in the 
                                                  Samuel Johnson

   Unless you enter the tiger's den you cannot take the cubs.

                                                Japanese Proverb

   Even among intimate friends there should be courtesy.

                                                 Japanese Proverb

   Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

   Practice makes perfect.

   If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

   A place for everything and everything in its place.

   Two wrongs don't make a right.

   Easier said than done.

   Practice what you preach.

   One swallow does not make a summer.

   Vows made in storms are forgotten in calms.

   Like father, like son.

   Better late than never.

   When the cat is away, the mice will play.

   A little learning can be a dangerous thing.

   Birds of a feather flock together. 

   Glass, china and reputation.  Things never well repaired once 

   Experience is the fool's best teacher;  the wise do not need 
                                                    Welsh Proverb

   Goodness does not consist in greatness but greatness in 

   Friendship increases by visiting friends but visiting seldom.

                                         Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

   God gave us the nuts but he doesn't crack them.

                                                  German Proverb

   Great good nature without prudence is a great misfortune.

                                        Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

   Greed often overreaches itself.

                             Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

   He that hath a trade, hath an estate.   

                                      Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

   He that is rich need not live sparingly and he that can live 
   sparingly need not be rich.   
                                       Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

   He that pays for work before it's done, has but a pennyworth 
   for two pence.   
                                         Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

   He that resolves to mend hereafter, resolves not to mend now.

                                       Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

   He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot.

                                      Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

   He that waits on fortune is never sure of a dinner.

                                      Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

   He that would eat the fruit, must climb the tree.

                                             Scottish Proverb

   He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he 
   knows, nor judge all he sees.   
                                       Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

   He who plots to hurt others often hurts himself.   

                                           Aesop (c.620-560 BC)


   As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.  

                                               English Proverb

   Distance is a great promoter of admiration!  

   Pleasant it is to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed 
   over the plains, with no part of yours in peril.  

   Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a 
                                                 Japanese proverb 

   He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.

                                              Japanese proverb

   Do you need proof of God? Does one light a torch to see the Sun?

                                               Japanese proverb

   If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you 
   want to be happy yourself, practice compassion.

                                           The 14th Dalai Lama 

   He is poor who does not feel content.
                                            Japanese proverb

   The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for 
   the past, not to worry about the future, but to live the 
   present moment wisely and earnestly.

   It is worthy to perform the present duty well and without fail, 
   do not seek to avoid or postpone it till tomorrow.  By acting 
   now, one can live a good day.

   Hate is like acid.  It can damage the vessel in which it is 
   stored as well as destroy the object on which it is poured.

                                                    Ann Landers

   Happiness is like a butterfly.  The more you chase it, the more 
   it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other 
   things, it comes softly and sits on your shoulder.

   The best way to forget your own problems is to help someone 
   else solve theirs.

   If there's no wind, row.

   Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things 
   you have for which you would not take money.

   Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of 
   his tail.

   Be kind.  Every person you meet is fighting a hard battle.

   You can make more friends in a month by being interested in 
   them than you can in ten years by trying to get them interested 
   in you.

   God gave us two ears and only one mouth.  Some people say 
   that's because He wanted us to spend twice as much time 
   listening as talking.  Others claim it's because He knew that 
   listening was twice as hard.


   An apology is the superglue of life.  It can repair just about 
                                                  Lynn Johnston

   The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.

                                              Pierre Corneille

   Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others 
   have let go.
                                                William Feather

   You can either complain that rose bushes have thorns - or 
   rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.

   The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night's 
                                           E. Joseph Coleman

   A slander is like a hornet; if you cannot kill it dead at the 
   first blow, better not to strike at it.
                                                 Josh Billings

   One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the 
   feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy 
   - whether he knows about it or not.
                                                    A. Battista

   The only people you should ever try to get "even" with are 
   those who have helped you.
                                                John Honeyfeld

   You can't base your life on other people's expectations.

   We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the 
   lights of every passing ship.
                                               Omar Bradley

   It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from 
   the top.

   A smile is contagious; be a carrier.

   To depend on one's own child is blindness in one eye; To depend 
   on a stranger, blindness in both eyes.  

                                                 Malayan Proverb

   An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. 

                                           Mohandas Gandhi

   The noblest revenge is to forgive.  

                                 H. G. Bolon 

   What you say means nothing, how you say it means everything.

   Kindness begets kindness.   


   If you want to be happy, practice compassion.                   

                                    Dalai Lama

   No act of kindness is ever wasted.  


   Being good to others being good to yourself.

   Respect a man, and he will do the more.  

                                    James Howell

   Politeness costs nothing and gains everything.  

                                          Mary Montagu

   Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.      

                                          Mary Montagu

   The weak can't forgive. Forgiveness is of the strong. 

                                            M. Gandhi

   My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.  

                                              Dalai Lama

   Handle yourself, use head; Handle others, use heart. 


   Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.

   True religion is the life we lead, not a creed.

                                        Louis Nizer

   Love begins when nothing is expected in return.  

                                       Antoine Exup

   Where there is love there is life.   

                                Mahatma Gandhi

   Man's character is his fate.                          


   The more you know the less you show. 

   Character is power.  

                   Booker T Washington

   Before honor is humility.  

                      Proverbs 18:12.

   Character is what you do when no one is looking.  

                                         Henry Huffman 

   Have more than thou show, speak less than thou know.


   Humility - No one act big. No one act small. Everyone act medium.

   A lie has speed, truth has endurance. 

                                    Edgar Mohn

   Life - a long lesson in humility.

                             James Barrie 

   Integrity needs no rules. 

                          Albert Camus 

   Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud. 


   Master habits before they master you.

   Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.

                                         Elbert Hubbard

   Diplomacy is thinking twice and saying nothing.

   The greatest truths are the simplest.  

                                    Hosea Ballou

   Be sincere; be brief; be seated.  

                          Franklin Delano Roosevelt

   Use soft words and hard arguments.

                                  English Proverb

   Think before acting. Hear before judging. Listen before speaking.


   Think much, speak little, and write less. 

                                  Italian Proverb


   Examine what is said, not him who speaks.  

                                       Arab Proverb

   He who angers you, controls you.

   Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.

                             Robert Ingersoll

   Sow discord, reap regret.  

                        Arabian Proverb  

   The best cure for anger is delay.   


   A questioning man is halfway to be wise.  

                                   Irish Proverb 

   Knows others is wise, knows himself is enlightened. 

                                              Tao Te Ching

   I have not failed. I've found 10,000 ways that won't work.

                                                 T. Edison

   The unexamined life is not worth living.  


   Wise and slow. They stumble that run fast.  

                                       William Shakespeare

   There is only one person you can change - YOU.

   Excellence is not an act, but a habit.


   Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.

   Change yourself, then change the world.

   Study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly. 

                                            W. Channing

   He is the richest who is content with the least.  


   It is part of the cure to want to be cured.  


   Motivation gets you started. Habit keeps you going.  

                                                 Jim Ryuh

   Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. 
   Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds.  Shine. 



   All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit 
   quietly in a room alone.


   Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so 
   established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.


   Men seek rest in a struggle against difficulties; and when they 
   have conquered these, rest becomes insufferable.



   We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover 
   ourselves than by those given to us by others.


   Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, 
   what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it 
   proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose 
   nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.


   The more I see of Mankind, the more I prefer my dog.


   There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which 
   cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the 
   Creator, made known through Jesus.

   He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may 
   safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright.


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