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Inspiration & Wisdom

We regularly add inspirational, insightful, witty and wise statements, lists, anecdotes and quotations -- from Jessica Simpson to George Washington, from Dr. Phil to Dr. Seuss -- selected with solo women in mind. You can share your own wisdom, stories, experiences, thoughts or quotes in a blog, or use our message board

 

"Being single is pretty good. It's a nice sense of irresponsibility." -- Michael Douglas

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Truths Little Children Have Learned

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats... 
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person. 
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food...
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair..
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time. 
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. 
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.

Truths Adults Have Learned

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge....mostly sweet, with a few nuts 
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground... 
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.. 

Truths About Getting Old

1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.. 
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get. 
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster. 
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions. 
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone. 

The Four Stages of Life

1) You believe in Santa Claus. 
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus. 

Secrets of Success

At age 4 success is . . . . Not piddling in your pants. 
At age 12 success is . . . Having friends. 
At age 17 success is . . Having a driver's license. 
At age 35 success is . . . ..having money.
At age 50 success is . . . Having money..
At age 70 success is . ... . Having a drivers license. 
At age 75 success is . ... . Having friends. 
At age 80 success is . . .. Not piddling in your pants.

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Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it only serve to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. -- Henry Ward Beecher

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The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. --Lily Tomlin

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One sure window into a person's soul is his reading list. --Mary B. W. Tabor

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The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.--Oscar Wilde

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When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place.--Jimmy Breslin

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When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.--Mark Twain

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 What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. --Dwight D. Eisenhower

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When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute--and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity. --Albert Einstein

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All work and no pay makes a housewife. -- Evan Esar

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 I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.--Louisa May Alcott

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 Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath -- Mary Wollstonecraft

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Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.-- Umberto Eco

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Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. -- William Saroyan

(Of course, it was also Saroyan who, on his deathbed, was purported to say, "I know everybody has to die. But I thought, in my case, they would make an exception.")

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Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and wrong ... because sometimes in our lives we will have been all of these.

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Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain. -- Unknown

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We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. -- Carlos Castaneda

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Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.

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Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.-- Leonardo da Vinci

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We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. -- Marie B. Ray

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There are worse things than
being alone
but it often takes decades
to realize this
and most often
when you do
it's too late
and there's nothing worse
than
too late.-- Charles Bukowski

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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. ~ Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

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A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika.
~Dorothy Parker

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Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
~ H. L. Mencken

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When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning  for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people. -- Chinese Proverb

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Come quickly! I am tasting stars! -- Dom Perignon (1638-1714) at his first sip of champagne

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You gotta be a really good man to be better than no man at all -- blues song

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If you wish to be loved, love. -- Seneca

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If I’m gonna be alone, I’d rather be by myself.-- Marilyn Monroe

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He has half the deed done who has made a beginning. -- Horace

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package:

'This' - he said - 'isn't any ordinary package.'

He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

'She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on, was saving it for a special occasion.

Well, I guess this is it. He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house. His wife had just died..

'Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion'.

Now I read more and clean less.


I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.


I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through. I no longer keep anything.

I use crystal glasses every day... I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.

The words 'Someday...' and ' One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary. If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now..

I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell.. I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends. She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come.

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special. Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one.

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A holy man was having a conversation with God one day and said, ' God , I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.'

God  led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.
 
In the middle of the room was a large round table.  In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.
 
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly.  They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles, that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful.
 
But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
 
The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
 
 God  said, 'You have seen Hell.'
 
They went to the next room and opened the door.  It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. 

The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.  The holy man said, 'I don't understand.'
 
It is simple,' said  God .  'It requires but one skill. 
 
You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.'

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Nine Words We Use (Send to Men Friends)

(1) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)

(6) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

(7) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you're welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says 'Thanks a lot' - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say 'you're welcome' . that will bring on a 'whatever').

(8) Whatever: Is a woman's way of saying F-- YOU!

(9) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to # 3.

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The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Life isn't  about waiting for the storm to  pass... 
It's about  learning to dance in the  rain.

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I'm single at the moment, and I'm completely happy with that. It's nice not to have a relationship that the press constantly want to scrutinize and discuss. I'm cool with being on my own.-- Sienna Miller

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The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice

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Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

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Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

Great love and great achievement involve great risk.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

Three R's; Respect for self, respect for others, responsibility for action.

Not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.

Learn the rules so you learn to break them properly.

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

When you make a mistake take immediate steps to correct it.

Spend time alone each day.

Open your arms to change but don't let go of values.

Silence is sometimes the best answer. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you look back on it, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

In disagreements with loved ones, don't bring up the past.

Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

Be gentle with the earth.

Once a year go somewhere you've never been before.

The best relationship is when your love for ewach other exceeds your need for each other.

Judge your success by what you had to give upto achieve it.

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Be not afraid of growing slowly;  be afraid only of standing still.  -- Chinese proverb

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Alphabet For Living Longer 

A - Awareness is the key to fruitful and joyous living. Be aware of others, be aware of current events and be aware of your root growth. 

B - Bond with others as often as you can. Bond with nature and the elements. Bond with the pizza delivery guy.

C - Be content with who you are. Be content with where you’ve headed. Be content with contentment.

D - Dance whenever possible. As Mark Twain said...”dance like no one is watching...” Dance down the grocery store isle to those songs your kids don’t recognize. Dance on a table for your mate now and again.

E - Enlighten your soul. Enlighten your neighbor. Enlighten your bottom by about ten pounds.

F - Faith is a huge influence as we get older. Our faith is usually firm by forty. It ‘s always subject to change. Just like bank fees. But we gain better interest with faith than we ever will with the bank. 

G - Be generous. Generosity is not expected any more so it really catches people off guard. Be generous with yourself and others, especially with your kids. They’ll be deciding your fate some day so bribery isn’t out of the question.

H - Honesty is the best policy. It’s impossible to keep lies straight when your memory is going to seed.

I - Ignore the unpleasant. Some say face it. I say why bother? Ignoring something unpleasant is an important thing to learn to do. You need to practice, unless of course you’re good at it already. .....hello?....HEY!

J - Never jump. Jumping makes you feel heavy. It makes your breasts bounce nearly knocking you out. And it only serves to open the door for your kids to make smart cracks behind your back. Better to ignore them. (see above)

K - Keep everything. Yes, everything. You never know when you’ll need it. 

L - This one is easy. Laugh! It’s the only thing that makes those crows feet look “sweet”. 

M - Moan. Loud. People will look at you funny but they’ll leave you alone.

N - Never say never. Trust me, you learn that “never” and “always” are fictitious words. Never means “hardly ever/rarely” and always means “most of the time/often. For example...I never get caught pulling a wedgie out. I always wear my glasses.

O - Organization is the key. I haven’t figured out what door it opens yet. But I’ll be sure to update you when I do. So until then, I’ll use the ignore rule. 

P - I think this letter is self-explanatory. P lots and often. Being stuck in a moving car with a full bladder sucks.

Q - Quality is what counts now. Alright, who are we kidding. It has nothing to do with quality. We just don’t have the energy for quantity anymore. 

R - Rest. Get lots of rest. Just show this article to your boss and tell him/her I said you were to rest. What the hell could he say to that?

S - Sing at the top of your lungs. It will drive your kids crazy. It’s their turn now.

T - Teach the world what you’ve learned. Teach your mate to put the cap on the toothpaste and a new roll on the toilet paper holder. Teach your grandchildren all the wrong manners. Let their parents straighten them out. You owe them one.

U - Comfortable underwear. Gotta have em. I’ve lived too long to worry about flossing my butt now.

V - Visit your parents often. They will be gone some day. Trust me on this.

W - Drink plenty of water. It’s the universal moisturizer. Your skin will thank you.

X - Learn to hold onto the X in scrabble. Yes, ok....sometimes you’ll get stuck with it. But sometimes you’ll get the triple letter. Life’s a crapshoot anyway.

Y - Yawn. It lets your company know you’re not interested anymore and you want to go to bed. 

Z - Zip your lip. If you said out loud all that you were thinking, they’d haul you away and give your kids power of attorney. Think about it -- Janet Scheffler

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When volunteering the answer to the unasked question about whether she was still single because she worked so hard: “I actually think it’s because I never met anybody I wanted to marry and live with!” -- Condoleeza Rice

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I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
                                               
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

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Fortune favors the audacious. -- Erasmus

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There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America. There’s the United States of America. -- Barack Obama

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There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't help other women.-- Madelyn Albright

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Nine Ways to Have Fun 

(from the book Play or Pay- 77 Ways to Have Fun by Susan Schanerman).

1) Dry your hair by sticking your head out the car window. 

2) Make a list of the silly things you would like to try once.

3) Helen Keller said, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." Do something daring.

4) Play your favorite show tunes and sing along at the top of your lungs...dancing optional.

5) Make a date with yourself. Take yourself to a favorite spot that you haven't been to in ages.

6) Take a "Well Day" from work or from life, in general, instead of a sick day! Notice how much better you feel!

7) Buy a disposable camera ... take pictures for no apparent reason ... let your creative juices flow.

8) Have a Spa Saturday with your best girlfriends...trade manicures, pedicures, facials ... while drinking margaritas.

9) What does it mean to "let your hair down"? When was the last time you did it?
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Some people are born on third base and think they hit a triple.

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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.-- Michael Pollen

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The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person. -- Norman Vincent Peale

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Laughter is carbonated holiness. It is chemo.

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Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. -- John F. Kennedy

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If a Dog Were the Teacher You Would Learn:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout .. Run right back and make friends.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

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A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS.........  

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years.  Any separation from you is likely to be painful.


2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.


3. Place your trust in me.  It is crucial for my well-being.


4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment.  You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.


5. Talk to me.  Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.


6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.


7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.  Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak. 

9. Please take care of me when I grow old.  You too, will grow old.  

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please.  Never say you can't bear to watch.  Don't make me face this alone.  Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.   

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Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. -- J.K. Rowling

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Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. -- Arnold Bennett

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Worry is a misuse of imagination. -- Dan Zadra

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You don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate. -- Stephen Pollard

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I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.-- Caskie Stinett

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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Gandhi

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A man was searching for the perfect woman.
He dated many, but each had some flaw.
Finally he found "the perfect woman."
Asked why, after such good fortune, he seemed so sad, he replied, "Alas, she was looking for the perfect man."-- ancient middle- eastern fable

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It’s a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. -- W. Somerset Maugham

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Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one. -- Bill Gates

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It is not how old you are, but how you are old. -- Jules Renard

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A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
enough
money within her control to move out
and rent a place of  her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to ...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
something
perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams
wants to see her in an hour ...

A WOMAN SHOULD
HAVE ...
a youth she's content to leave behind ...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a past juicy
enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her
old age ...


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra ...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
one friend who
always makes her laugh ... and one who lets her cry...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a good piece
of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her
family ...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
eight
matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for
a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored ...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a feeling of
control over her destiny ...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD
KNOW ...
how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ...
how to quit
a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend
without
ruining the friendship ...

EVERY WOMAN
SHOULD KNOW ...
when to try harder ... and WHEN TO WALK
AWAY ...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ...
that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents ...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ...
that her
childhood may not have been perfect ... but it's over ...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ...
what she
would and wouldn't do for love or more ...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ...
how to live
alone ... even if she doesn't like it ...

EVERY
WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ...
whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ...
where to
go ...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table ...
or a
charming inn in the woods ...
when her soul needs
soothing ...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ...
What she can and can't accomplish in a day ...
a month ... and a year. --
Maya Angelou

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GOOD FRIENDS ARE LIKE STARS.

YOU DON'T ALWAYS SEE THEM,

BUT YOU ALWAYS KNOW THEY ARE
THERE.

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Be yourself...everyone else is already taken.

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Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead -- Benjamin Franklin

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With money you can buy: a house, not a home; a clock, not time; a bed, not sleep; books, not knowledge; a doctor, not health; position, not respect; blood, not life; sex, not love. -- Chinese proverb

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There is little room for wisdom when one is full of judgment. – Malcolm Hein

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Often the best way to win is to forget to keep score. – Marianne Espinosa Murphy 

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If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. -- Milton Berle

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No pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two more years in a geriatric home. -- Kingsley Amis

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Pablo Casals was a past master of the cello. He was the virtuoso in the 20th century. He was in his 90s and he was still practicing three hours a day, and one of his friends said to him, "Senor Casals, you are such a past master, a virtuoso of this instrument, everyone knows it and acknowledges it. Why do you practice three hours a day?" and he said, "Well, I'm beginning to notice some improvement." -- George Carlin

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It's better to have your enemies in your tent pissing out than outside your tent, pissing in. -- Lyndon Baines Johnson

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Laugh fully, love truly, forgive quickly.

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Nothing tastes as good as thin and healthy feel.

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To travel hopefully is better than to arrive. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

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The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least. 

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Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. -- Napoleon Bonaparte

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I was surprised enough to get married at 66. At 74, I'm ok. -- Gloria Steinhem, when asked if she would marry again

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The Barbara Walters List for Success
1. Work harder than anyone else.
2. Accept most every assignment.
3. Do your homework.
4. Keep your complaints to yourself.
5. Finish the job.
6. Move on.

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Life is uncertain. Eat cake.

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People think if you're single, you are incomplete. No. The thing is, I don't want to be in a relationship that makes me incomplete. I'm not going to bring some idiot into my world, and if I'm not sure about him, I'm cautious... My list is all about balance. You can have smart but not funny. You can have funny but not very smart. You can have intellectual but not social. But... I want it all! I love big brains. I love to eat. I love to be outdoors. I love to have conversations! I love to make love. I live like arrrgh! I don't do anything half-assed, and I want somebody who can keep up with all that. And I want someone who can show me something, you know?" -- Cameron Diaz
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If they are good workmen, they may be from Asia, Africa or Europe; they may be Mahometans, Jews, Christians of any sect, or they may be Atheists....-- George Washington, to Tench Tighman, March 24, 1784, when asked what type of workman to get for Mount Vernon

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All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. -- Gandhi

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Man, woman. Like to touch each other.... I always knew that I didn't want to get married. I've always known that I'd be a mom from the time I was a little girl. -- Charlize Theron

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Forgo your anger for a moment and save yourself a hundred days of trouble. -- Chinese proverb

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

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Live like it's summer. -- Sears ad

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Screwing things up is a virtue. Being correct is never the point. I have an almost fanatically correct assistant, and by the time she re-spells my words and corrects my punctuation, I can’t read what I wrote. Being right can stop all the momentum of a very interesting idea. -- Robert Rauschenberg

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A woman is like a teabag. Put her in hot water and see how strong she becomes. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

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I always avoided marriage in the past and was always very wary of it. I felt like it was potentially a trap. People sometimes want the party, the gifts and the public celebration of this big love - they're excited about that rather than about the lifetime commitment. So I always steered clear of it. -- Cynthia Nixon

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Love the people who treat you right.  Love the ones who don't, just because you can. 

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A Mother's Simple Rules

The legs are the last things to go.

When you're sad, don't fight it. Accessorize.

Knowing how ro roast red peppers will impress more people than you think.

It's ok to read at the table.

But it's never ok to watch tv at the table.

Everything tastes better if it's served by candlelight.

If nothing matches, no matter. That's just another reason for candlelight.

Do not order in French at a French restaurant unless you are French.

Unexpected gifts are the most appreciated.

At work find the people who can fix things, and be very, very nice to them.

The cheap caviar is still quite good.

Five things will make you happy if you have them in your home: flowers, a lovely place to eat a meal, a chilled bottle of white wine, Goldfish crackers and a cat.

If you must leave a party and you don't have a good excuse, spill something on yourself.

The proper way to end a conversation is "I'm sorry to let you go." -- Ana Marie Cox

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Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. -- Jonas Salk

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The thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down. -- Mary Pickford

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You don't want to get into a wrestling party with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it. -- Bob Dole

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Two's company. Three's a party. - Andy Warhol

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Kiss slowly.  Forgive quickly.

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To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all. -- Elie Weisel

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Life is high school -- with money.

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However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. -- Sir Winston Churchill

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The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been. -- Madeleine L'Engle

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Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. -- George S. Patton

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Even if it is true that it is possible to have it all, that still doesn't mean that you get to have it all at once. -- Erma Bombeck

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It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. --
Edmund Hillary

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Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. -- Dr. Benjamin Spock

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A good compromise is when both parties are dissatisfied. -- Henry Clay

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We cannot change the cards we're dealt, just how we play the hand. -- Anonymous

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Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.-- Ernest Hemingway

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For everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. -- Ecclesiates 3.1

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Until the last moment, anything is possible. -- the Dalai Lama

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Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing you friends by their color is unthinkable. -- Anonymous

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True Tale

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.


The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.


'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life.'


'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.

'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked.

'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly.


'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved his life this time? Penicillin.


The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill.

His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.

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Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening ... Live like it's Heaven on Earth.

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May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart. -- Inuit proverb

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The problem is that men don't hear a word women say and women hear every word a man says. -- Larry Miller

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To be a good liar you have to have a perfect memory. -- Abraham Lincoln

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The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius

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The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. -- Charles de Gaulle

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It all seems impossible until it's done. -- Nelson Mandela

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One and all, near and far...dance, dance, dance! 

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A mistress perceives that love is not calibrated in length of days but in height and depth. A love affair is constantly subject to two threats: a foreseeable end and a fragmentary present, which ought to destroy it but they don't. A love affair does not ask security against the world's fate; it shares that fate and knows it only too poignantly, which gives it great vitality for its season.--Tango

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In nature, the lure of the unknown, the intuitive, even the invisible reminds me that the land, the ocean, and the sky above will never vanish. They are longer than our idea of forever. -- Diane Keaton

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As hard as it may be to let go of that bird in the hand, sometimes you have to pitch the pigeon to make room for the canary. -- Unknown

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Girls in My Circle

When I was little,  I used to believe in the concept of one best friend, and then I started to become a woman. 
One friend is needed when you're going through things with your man.
Another friend is needed when you're going through things with your mom.
 
Another will sit beside you in the bleachers as you delight in your children and their activities.
Another when you want to shop, share, heal, hurt, joke, or just be.
One friend will say, "Let's cry together,"
another, "Let's fight together,"

another, "Let's walk away together."

One friend will meet your spiritual need,
another your shoe fetish, another your love for movies, another will be with you in your season of confusion,  another will be your clarifier,

another the wind beneath your wings.

But whatever their assignment in your life,
on whatever the occasion,
on whatever the day,
or wherever you need them to meet you with their gym shoes on and hair pulled back,
or to hold you back from making a complete fool of yourself ...

those are your best friends.

It may all be wrapped up in one woman,
but for many, it's wrapped up in several..
one from 7th grade,
one from high school,
several from the college years,
a couple from old jobs,
on some days your mother,
on some days your neighbor,
on others, your sisters,
and on some days, your daughters. They are all your friends. Honor them. Love them.

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A Traditional Taoist Tale

Once upon a time a wise old farmer who lived on the steppes awoke to find that his prize mare had broken out of the corral and run off. The neighbors cried, "Oh, what bad luck your best horse ran away!" The farmer, however, replied, "Who knows?" A few days later the mare returned and brought back with it a magnificent mustang stallion. The neighbors cried, "Oh, what good luck!" Again the farmer replied, "Who knows?" Then the farmer's son tried to ride the wild horse and was thrown and broke his leg.

The neighbors shouted, "Oh, what bad luck!" and the farmer said, as always, "Who knows?" Then the local warlord raced into the village conscripting all the able-bodied young men into battle. When he came upon the farmer's son and his broken leg he let him stay. His neighbors cheered, "Oh, what good luck that your son was spared!" The farmer could only answer what he had before. "Who knows?"

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Do one thing every day that scares you, -- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. -- Albert Schweitzer

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There is no remedy for death -- or birth. Live loud. Live wide. Live tall. -- Jim Crace

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Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense.-- Helen Rowland

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I wanted to be in a good relationship. But those good relationships that are strong and substantive never happened to me. I was always just a little afraid of men. Oh no, am I going to be myself or am I going to constantly be saying 'Your jokes are so funny.' Maybe that was my generation. or maybe I didn't feel comfortable with men to go, 'Hey, I don't agree with you on that.' I was inclined to be somebody who went along. Not a good thing. They're not getting the real you. I'd get lost in that, and when the real me came out, it was less than flattering. -- Diane Keaton

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The happiest people don't need the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

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People Who Matter

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. You don't have to actually answer the questions. Just read straight through and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners .

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with .

Easier?

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care .

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Nine Things a Woman Really Means

(pass this along to your male friends)

1.) "Fine" : The word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2.) "Five minutes" : If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour.Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3.) "Nothing" : This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in "fine."

4.) "Go ahead" : This is a dare, not permission. Don't do it!

5.) Loud sigh : This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6.) "That's okay" : This is one of the most dangerous statements a woman can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7.) " Thanks" : If a woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say "You're welcome."

8.) "Whatever" : Women's way of saying "f-ck you"!

9.) " Don't worry about it, I got it": Another dangerous statement, meaning: This is something a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response, refer to #3.

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Advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive. -- Carolyn Wells

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The more one worries, the older one gets; the more one laughs, the younger one feels. -- Chinese proverb

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Talking without thinking is like shooting without aiming. -- 18th-century French proverb

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Coffee

A group of alumni got together for a visit with their old university professor. The conversation soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work, and life in general.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot and an eclectic assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal - some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite. Quietly he told them to help themselves.

When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old professor cleared his throat and addressed the small gathering... "You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were taken up first, leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones.

"While it is only natural for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is actually the source of much of your stress-related problems."

He continued."Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In fact, the cup merely disguises or dresses up what we drink.What each of you really wanted was coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups, then you began eying each other’s cups...."

"Now consider this: Life is coffee. Jobs, money, and position in society are merely cups. They are just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not truly define nor change the quality of the Life we live. Often, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee provided us. Enjoy your coffee!"

The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything. So: Live simply. Love generously. Care Deeply.  Speak Kindly. 

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I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.-- George Bernard Shaw

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On getting older: Its only value is that it spares you the opposite, not growing older. -- Elizabeth Hardwick

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If you want to understand commitment, think of bacon and eggs. The chicken was involved; the pig was committed! -- Thomas Keller

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Young love is about wanting to be happy. Old love is about wanting somebody else to be happy. -- Mary Pipher

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 How To Stay Young  

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
   
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts,
gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the
devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
   
4. Enjoy the simple things
   
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
   
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
   
7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family,pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
   
 8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
   
 9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country, but not to where the guilt is.
   
 10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

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I dwell in possibility. -- Emily Dickinson

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When a Soldier Comes Home

When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard....to listen to his son whine about being bored. .to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work...to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night's sleep....to be silent when people pray to God for a new car...to control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower. ...to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying....to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they're afraid to send their kids off to summer camp....to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather. ...to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold../.to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog...to be civil to people who complain about their jobs ...to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year. The only thing harder than being a soldier...is loving one.

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All the secrets of success will not work unless you do. -- Unknown

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The Cab Ride

Twenty years ago, I drove a cab. When I arrived at 2:30a.m., the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, and then drive away. But I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80's stood before me. By her side was a small nylon suitcase.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. "It's nothing," I told her. "I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother
treated".

When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, and then asked, "Could you drive through downtown?" "It's not the shortest way," I answered. "Oh, I don't mind," she said. "I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice".

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. "I don't have any family left," she continued.

I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying  nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, "I'm tired. Let's go now"

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair. "How much do I owe you?" she asked, reaching into her purse.

"Nothing."

"You have to make a living,"

"There are other passengers," I responded. Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

"You gave an old woman a little moment of joy."

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware, beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one. People may not remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel.

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Give Thanks

O give thanks
that spring will always come
to make the heart leap,
that your winter ear remembers
a summer song,
and autumn colors return
to the faded eye.
O make song
for lucid air of morning,
bright blood's beating,
life's flow deep and swift,
a kingdom of joy and awe
for us to dwell in.
O be glad,
for eye and tongue,
to see and taste
the common of our days. -- Chaim Stern

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I found in my solitude a species of freedom that was to my liking ... -- from Exit Ghost by Philip Roth

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No one will want you to succeed more than you do -- Tim Gunn

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A caterpillar thinks its world is ending -- and then it becomes a butterfly.

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We are made of the stuff of stars -- Serbian saying

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There’s no such thing as a saint without a past and a sinner without a future. -- Christopher Dodd

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Andy Warhol: So, when are you going to get married?

Jodie Foster: Never. I hope. It’s got to be boring — having to share a bathroom with someone.

Andy Warhol: Gee, we believe the same things. --interview, 1976

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To be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still a dear possession in absence or unkindness -- these are the gifts which money cannot buy. -- Robert Louis  Stevenson

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You may be on the right track, but if you just sit there you'll get run over. -- Will Rogers

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If you have a foot on yesterday and a foot on tomorrow, you're peeing on today. -- Michael J. Fox

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Age is an issue of mind over matter; if you don't mind, it doesn't matter. -- Mark Twain

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Don't walk, dance; don't talk, sing! -- Zimbabwe saying

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If I Had My Life to Live Over

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.


I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.


I would have talked less and listened more.


I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.


I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.


I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.


I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.


I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.


I would have cried and laughed less while watching television, and more while watching life.


I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.


Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist in a miracle.


When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's" More "I'm sorry's."


But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it ..
. live it and never give it back. -- Erma Bombeck

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The roller coaster sells amusement park tickets, not the merry-go-round.-- Chris Newlin

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Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching.

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Focus on the front windshield and not the rearview mirror of life. – General Colin Powell

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We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.-- George Bernard Shaw

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You won't be happy with what you want if you're not happy with what you have.

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It is ... better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong. -- Thomas Jefferson

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First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Happiness: Learn the truth and live within it. -- theme of Anton Chekhov's play, The Seagull

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May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, And the rain fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand -- An Irish wish

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To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.   -- George Kneller

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Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace. -- Buddha

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We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness. -- Ellen Goodman

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If you put a spoonful of wine in a barrel full of sewage, you get sewage. If you put a spoonful of sewage in a barrel full of wine, you get sewage. -- Schopenhauer's Law of Entropy

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Don't be sad it ended; be happy it happened. -- words of the day from a Peter Deillmann river cruise pamphlet

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I think it would be a good idea. -- Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western Civilization

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A Woman Should Have ... a set of screw drivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra; one friend who makes her laugh; one who lets her cry; a good piece of furniture not previously owned; eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe that will make her guests feel honored; a feeling of control over her destiny.

A Woman Should Know ... how to quit a job; break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship; when to try harder, and when to walk away; that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents; that her children may not have been perfect, but it's over; what she would or wouldn't do for love or more; how to live alone; whom she can trust, whom she can't and why she shouldn't take it personally; where to go, be it her kitchen table, or an inn in the woods when her soul needs soothing; what she can accomplish, in a day, a month, a year.

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Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. -- James Thurber

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No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. -- Voltaire

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Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. -- James Michener

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Imperfections

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course , the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."

The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

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If life kicks you, make sure it kicks you forward. -- Kay Yow, North Carolina State women’s basketball coach

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Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can. -- Danny Kaye

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Prejudice tolerated is intolerance encouraged. -- Harvey Fierstein

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When I'm single, I don't try to find someone. I focus on a guy if he's a boyfriend, but I don't focus on finding a boyfriend. Anyway, they're never around when you want them! -- Scarlett Johansson

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Repetition doesn't make a lie the truth. -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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 Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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One who never makes a mistake never makes a discovery.-- Sam Smiles

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Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.  -- Marie Curie

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True equality will only be achieved when we have mediocre women in high positions - Unknown

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We don't know who we are until we see what we can do.   -- Martha Grimes

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In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more -- and all good things will be yours.--Swedish proverb

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. --Thoreau

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Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. -- Teddy Roosevelt

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The butterfly counts not months but moments -- and has time enough. -- Rabindranath Tagore (Indian poet, playwright, essayist)

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If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.... It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.-- Albert Einstein

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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

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Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade? --Ben Franklin

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

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Never, never, never, never give up. -- Winston Churchill

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25 Outrageous Thoughts

1. If you're too open-minded, your brains will fall out.

2. Don't worry about what people think; they don't do it very often

3. Going to a church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

4. It isn't the jeans that make your butt look fat.

5. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

6. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

8. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.

9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.

10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

12. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel good.

13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway. (Just remember how lucky you were to get a free trip around the sun.)

14. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

15. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

16. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

19. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.

20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.

21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

22. By the time you can make the ends meet, they move the ends.

23. Thou shall not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.

25. If you must choose between two evils, chose the one that you've never tried before.

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Wonderful is sound~Wonderful is wisdom~Wonderful is life~Wonderful its distinctions~Wonderful is praise~Wonderful is eulogy~Wonderful the Presence~One sees in the present~O wonder-struck am I to see wonder upon wonder.-- Sikh Holy Book

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I viewed divorce as a death of all things you planned together. But I've been through the hills and valleys and at this point in my life, I feel settled. -- Vanessa Williams

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I am not interested in dating. I have a chosen family of friends. They include old lovers, who turn into friends. It’s so wonderful. All the brain cells that were dedicated to sex, they’re free for other things now. -Gloria Steinem

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Leap. The net will appear. -- Zen saying

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Love is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you sit quietly, it will come and sit gently upon your shoulder.

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Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. -- Susan Sontag

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Love generously, praise loudly, live fully.-- Elias Portor

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Barn's burnt down; now I can see the moon. -- Masahide

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What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
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I would rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family, and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give. -- Thomas Jefferson

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If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him. -- Thomas Fuller

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By the time you~Swear you're his,~Shivery and sighing,~And he vows his passion is~Infinite, undying ---~Lady, make a note of this:~One of you is lying. -- Dorothy Parker

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Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.  -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are.   -- Talmud

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -- Mark Twain

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One joy scatters a hundred griefs. -- Chinese Proverb

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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Words of Practical Wisdom

-- A smile from you can bring a smile to someone else (even if they don't like you that much!).
-- You probably mean the world to someone.
-- If not for you, someone may not be living.
-- You are special and unique.
-- When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won't get it.
-- When you make a big mistake, something good can still come from it.
-- When you think the world has turned its back, you most likely turned your back on the world.
-- Someone who you don't know exists may someday love you.
-- Remember the compliments. Forget the disses.
-- Tell someone when you feel good about them; you'll both be happier.
-- If you have a great friend, take the time to let her know she's great.

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You know how someone's appearance can change the longer you know them? How a really attractive person, if you don't like them, can become more and more ugly; whereas someone you might not have even have noticed ... that you wouldn't look at more than once, if you love them, can become the most beautiful thing you've ever seen. All you want to do is be near them. -- movie, The Truth About Cats and Dogs

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You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Mohandas K. (Mahatma) Gandhi

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If you're worried about your memory, it's probably not that serious. But if your friends and relatives are worried about it, then it may be.

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If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married. -- Katherine Hepburn

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Courage is the knowledge of what is not to be feared. -- Pericles

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In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

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Don't count the days. Make the days count.

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Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. -- Carl Jung

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A Vixen...appreciates what she has, yet always strives for more. Flaunts her brain, not just her body. Learns from her mistakes but doesn't agonize over the past. Will shamelessly rock out to Kelly Clarkson. Never apologizes for cleaning her plate. -- Vixen magazine

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Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather skidding in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming "Woo Hoo, what a ride!"

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I don't want to be younger. I just want to look it. -- Christie Brinkley

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The shell must break before the bird can fly. -- Lord Alfred Tennyson

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Some questions don't have answers. -- Thomas Acquinas

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10 Wise Thoughts You Can Learn From Noah

Don't miss the boat.
Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Build your future on high ground.
For safety's sake, travel in pairs. (But only for safety's sake!)
Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
When you're stressed, float awhile.
Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
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It's that feeling on the inside that shows on the outside. You can't borrow it. You can't fake it. You can't hide it, lose it, lend it, break it, shake it or teach it a thing or two. You can't forget it or forego it, open it or close it. It won't be ignored. And you definitely can't take it for granted. And when you've got it inside, you know it. -- ad

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Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. -- Dave Gardner

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One evening an old Cherokee told his granddaughter about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My dear, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The granddaughter thought about it for a minute and then asked her grandfather:  "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

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Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. -- Vaclav Havel

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Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and ... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use. -- Samuel Johnson

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Is there anything better than to be longing for something when you know it is within reach? -- Greta Garbo

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Love many. Trust few. Always paddle your own canoe. -- sign in a South Indiana canoe rental outfitter

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I never wanted to be alone, but now I crave being alone .... I feel alive. I feel free. I feel like I can do anything and there's no one to answer to but myself ... It's, like, girltime -- a healing within in a lot of ways ....When you walk away from something and there's no gravitational pull, then you know you're doing the right thing. -- Jessica Simpson, singer-actress

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Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. -- Samuel Butler

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You know what's nice? To look at yourself and see yourself -- not what you don't have anymore. -- Catherine Deneuve, actress

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Your left hand says you're taken. Your right hand says you can take over. Your left hand celebrates the day you were married. Your right hand celebrates the day you were born ...Your left hand dreams of love. Your right hand makes dreams come true. Your left hand lives happily ever after. Your right hand lives happily here and now. Women of the world, raise your right hand.-- ad

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Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better. -- Edgar Watson Howe

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Some people are interested in the experience of being disappointed. -- Tina, a long-time waitress

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Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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We make more enemies by what we say than friends by what we do. -- John Collins

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Each of us has been given a life, and each day is a gift. Those days are flowers we can plant along the way for our children to see. If we do this, then some day, some blessed day, this world of ours will be a garden. Let us make it so, for that is why we were born. -- Chaim Stern

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You should be kissed, and often, by someone who knows how. -- Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind

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Don't worry too much about the future. It's already tomorrow in Australia. -- contributed by Lynn Fullman.
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Got no check books, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks. I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night. -- Irving Berlin

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Life happens. Distance separates. Children grow. Colleagues cheat.
Careers end. Love wanes. Hearts break. Parents die. But ... girlfriends are there, no matter how many miles between you. A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach. -- contributed by Merle Frank

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I don't know the secret of success, but the secret of failure is to try to please everyone. -- Bill Cosby

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The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car, a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little, and as a result they get little. -- Ben Sweetland

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It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. --Confucius

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Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. -- John Wooden, They Call Me Coach
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Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.

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Life is daring, or nothing. -- Helen Keller

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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Faith sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible. -- contributed by Mary Cahill

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Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that. But the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.-- Mark Twain
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Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for. It is a thing to be achieved. -- William Jennings Bryan

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -- Aristotle

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The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure, and the intelligent are full of doubt. -- Bertrand Russell

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You have brains in your head ... feet in your shoes .... You can steer yourself any direction you choose. -- Dr. Seuss

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The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own. -- Benjamin Disraeli

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There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience. -- French proverb

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Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends. -- Czech proverb

 


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