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"Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness."
--May Sarton

"What is now proved was once imagined."
--William Blake

"No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it."
--Grace Slick

"Concentration is everything. On the day I'm performing, I don't hear anything anyone says to me."
--Luicano Pavarotti

"Do whatever you do intensely."
--Robert Henri

"Other people's interruptions of your work are relatively insignificant compared with the countless times you interrupt yourself."
--Brendan Francis

"Each day is a new life. Seize it. Live it."
--David Guy Powers

"Impulse without reason is not enough, and reason without impulse is a poor makeshift."
--William James

"One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom."
--Muriel Spark

"You've got to win in sports -- that's talent -- but you've also got to learn how to remind everybody how you did win, and how often. That comes with experience."
--Billie Jean king

"[Notre Dame football coach Knute] Rockne wanted nothing but 'Bad Losers.' Good losers get into the habit of losing."
--George E. Allen

"[Business is] like swimming: you have to know when to sprint and when not to sprint. You learn how to conserve so you can concentrate on what's in front of you."
--Charles Urstadt, real estate executive and champion swimmer

"It's weak and despicable to go on wanting things and not trying to get them."
--Joanna Field

"Use what talents you have; the woods would have little music if no birds sang their song except those who sang best."
--Reverend Oliver G. Wilson

"Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash."
--Dr. Joyce Brothers

"Sweat plus sacrifice equals success."
--Charles O. Finley

"Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all: This, too, shall pass."
--Ann Landers

"Happy the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying, once and for all."

"What worries you, masters you."
--Haddon W. Robinson

"Don't hurry, don't worry. You're only here for a short visit. So be sure and stop to smell the flowers."
--Walter Hagen

"One of the sources of pride in being a human being is the ability to bear present frustrations in the interests of longer purposes."
--Helen Merrell Lynd

"Who knows what he is told, must know a lot of things that are not so."
--Arthur Guiterman

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
--Jean Rostand

"The first step to knowledge is to know that we are ignorant."
--Lord David Cecil

"That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way."
--Doris Lessing

"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."
--Raymond Linquist

"To change and to improve are two different things."
--German proverb

"It is important to our friends that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to our friendship that we are not."
--Mignon McLaughlin

"Don't tell friends their social faults; they will cure the fault and never forgive you."
--Logan Pearsall Smith

"If we all told what we know of one another, there would not be four friends in the world."
--Blaise Pascal

"I'm not happy. I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them."
--Beverly Sills

"Time isn't a commodity, something you pass around like cake. Time is the substance of life. When anyone asks you to give your time, they're really asking for a chunk of your life."
--Antoinette Bosco

"The world belongs to the energetic."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing can be done except little by little."
--Charles Baudelaire

"I recommend that you take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves."
--Lord Chesterfield

"Life is a great bundle of little things."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid."
--Lady Bird Johnson

"Happiness is a Swedish sunset; it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it."
--Mark Twain

"Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them."
--Johann von Goethe

"Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give yourself to the moment. Let it happen."

--Jerry Brown

"Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans."
--Thomas La Mance

"Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night."
--Marion Howard

"On the human chessboard, all moves are possible."
--Miriam Schiff

"It's never too late -- in fiction or in life -- to revise."
--Nancy Thayer

"You have no idea how big the other fellow's troubles are."
--B. C. Forbes

"Spartans, stoics, heroes, saints and gods use a short and powerful speech."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes."
--Edward Everett to Abraham Lincoln

"A speech is like a love affair. Any fool can start it, but to end it requires considerable skill."
--Lord Mancroft

"Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs."
--Andrew Carnegie

"Hope is a risk that must be run."
--Georges Bernanos

"When thinking won't cure fear, action will."
--W. Clement Stone

"Truth will sooner come out of error than from confusion."
--Francis Bacon

"If I had my life to live over again, I'd dare to make more mistakes the next time."
--Nadine Stair

"If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner."
--Tallulah Bankhead

"Life can be real rough . . . you can either learn from your problems, or keep repeating them over and over."
--Marie Osmond

"Creating success is tough. But keeping it is tougher. You have to keep producing, you can never stop."
--Pete Rose

"Losses are comparative, only imagination makes them of any moment."
--Blaise Pascal

"You decide what it is you want to accomplish and then lay out your plans to get there, and then you just do it. It's pretty straightforward."
--Nancy Ditz

"First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do."

"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."
--Charles Mingus