"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"
- Ghandi

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming... What do we do? we swim, swim, swim...

- Dory, Finding Nemo

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

- Helen Keller

"Live this life as if you were going to live forever, and work for the afterlife as if you were going to die tomorrow"

- Imam Ali

"What breaks you, builds you."

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm"

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

- Alfred D Souza

"Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves."

-Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

"We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it."
- Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

"Brick walls are there for a reason: they prove how badly you want things"

- Randy Pausch

"...the presence of the heart with God, always or most of the time, certainly has primacy over the ritual acts of worship...Indeed, the rest of the realm of worship is sanctified by this conscious remembrance, which is itself the ultimate aim of the practical act of worship.."

"The biggest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."

"Fear not of men because men must die"

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice"

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have."

"The heart has reasons that reason does not understand."

- Jacques Bénigne Bossuel.

"If you don't stand up for your morals, your morals mean nothing."

"Perception is reality"

"Light a candle -- so of course sometimes in life we find ourselves in these tunnels of darkness, where the passage may be a quick walk or a lengthy passing. What do you do? Darkness upon darkness is simply more liquid black, evil upon evil is simply more of the same. Light a candle, and let the glow seep through the darkness."

"Learn from the past to better your future, but live in the present."

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”

- Dr. Seuss

"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."

- Truman Capote

"Man was born free, but is everywhere in chains."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"What is past is prologue"

- The Tempest

"I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it life is not worth living. And you got to give them hope."

- Harvey Milk

"Be strong and of a good courage; Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
- Joshua 1:9

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.'"

- Jeremiah 29:11-13

"Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly."

- Langston Hughes

"When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die."
- Jean-Paul Sartre

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

- Gandhi

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

- Plato

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"

"...act justly...love tenderly...walk humbly with your God."

- Micah 6:8

"A society is just only to the extent that it is whole."

"To those who would tear the world down - we will defeat you."

- Barack Obama

"What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?"

- Matthew 16:26


"I've always felt that if you back down from a fear, the ghost of that fear never goes away. It diminishes people. So I've always said 'yes' to the thing I'm most scared about. The fear of letting myself down -- of saying 'no' to something that I was afraid of and then sitting in my room later going, 'I wish I'd had the guts to say this or that' -- that galvanizes me more than anything."

- Hugh Jackman

“People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life's circumstances to push them down and hold them under."
- Charles R. Swindoll

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun."
- Napoleon Hill

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"The person who is not hungry says that the coconut has a hard shell."
- African Tribal Saying

"It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with the words, "And this, too, shall pass away." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!
- Abraham Lincoln

"Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow"

- Dan Rather

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

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A Sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected and smile through the unbearable."

- Moshe Waldoks

"He that can't endure the bad will not live to see the good."
- Jewish Proverb

"One who makes no mistakes never makes anything."
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"Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be seen from the top of the mountain. So are many things learned in adversity, which the prosperous man dreams not of."

"The first step to becoming a more peaceful person is to have the humility to admit that, in most cases, you're creating your own emergencies. Life will usually go on if things don't go according to plan. It's helpful to keep reminding yourself and repeating the sentence, "Life isn't an emergency."
- Richard Carlson, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

If in normal conditions it is skill, which counts, in such extreme situations, it is the spirit, which saves."

- Walter Bonatti.

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
- John Wooden

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
- Albert Einstein

"My policy is to learn from the past, focus on the present, and dream about the future. I'm a firm believer in learning from adversity. Often the worst of times can turn to your advantage - my life is a study of that."

- Donald Trump

"Humor is just another defense against the universe."
- Mel Brooks

"Humor prevents one from becoming a tragic figure even though he/she is involved in tragic events."
- E. T. Eberhart

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
- Helen Keller

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."
- Helen Keller

"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."

- Horace

"…we could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world."

- Helen Keller

"Know how sublime a thing it is
To suffer and be strong."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
- Einstein

"Hospitality is making your guests feel at home even when you wish they were."

"Never trust a man who is Dr. Jekyll to those above him and Mr. Hyde to those under him" - Charlie Brower

"[Money] ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety." - John Galbraith

"Don't fool yourself [thinking] that you're going to have it all. You're not. Psychologically, having it all isn't even a valid concept. The marvelous thing about human beings is that we are perpetually reaching for the stars. The more we have, the more we want. And for this reason, we never have it all." - Joyce Brothers

"Ambition without knowledge is like a boat on dry land." - Mark Lee

"If only the sun-drenched celebrities are going to be noticed and worshipped, then our children are going to have a tough time seeing value in the shadows, where the thinkers, probers and scientists are keeping society together."

- Rita Dove

Too many people are ready to carry the stool when the piano needs to be moved."

"Life is 10% how you make it, and 90% how you take it."

- Irving Berlin

"Don't mistake activity for achievement."

"To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting."

"We come closest to God at our lowest moments. It's easiest to hear God when you are stripped of pride and arrogance, when you have nothing to rely on except God. It's pretty painful to get to that point, but when you do, God's there."

- Terry Anderson

"A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected and outlast the unbearable."

- Billy Graham

"If you put off doing an easy job, it only makes it harder. If you put off doing a hard job, it makes it impossible."

"Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is the best defense."

"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."

- Alfred Adler

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

- Oscar Wilde

"One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards."

- Oscar Wilde

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple."

- Oscar Wilde

The “ugly” things in life exist, and the only question is how we are to confront them.”
~Francis H. Cook, Hua-yen Buddhism-The Jewel Net of Indra