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One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.
( Leonardo da Vinci )

Who cares about shit people say, that they don’t have the balls to say to your face.
( Tony Soprano )

Society tells us how we should lead our lives, what we can and cannot say, how we are supposed to feel, and they claim this is freedom.

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
( George Orwell )

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

The greatest country, the richest country, is not that which has the most capitalists, monopolists, immense grabbings, vast fortunes, with its sad, sad soil of extreme, degrading, damning poverty, but the land in which there are the most homesteads, freeholds, where wealth does not show contrasts high and low, where all men have enough, a modest living, and no man is made possessor beyond the sane and beautiful necessities.
( Walt Whitman )

People do not die from suicide.
They die from sadness.

I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.
( Richard Feynman )

Softness is not weakness.
It takes courage to stay delicate in a world this cruel.

( Beau Taplin )

It looks like an eternity, but it’s a short trip.
Enjoy your life and be kind.

Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
( George Orwell )

When someone asks me what I do, I say ‘whatever it takes’.

Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived.
So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have?
( Jane Goodall )

I like when you don’t have to be careful what you say.
That’s when you know you are with the right people.

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. 
( C.S. Lewis )

The life many humans complain about is only a dream for millions of poor souls.

Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad.
There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.

( George Orwell )

Make your goal to create a life in which you don’t need to take a vacation.

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live.
Which of these two is better only God knows.

( Socrates )

If we want to create a world of change, we have to create a change of heart.

I don’t think you should die until you’re ready.
Until you’ve wrung out every last bit of living you can.
( Libba Bray )

The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist expects it to change.
The leader adjusts the sails.

Never before in the history of politics have the UK electors made such a grave mistake.
( God Almighty )

Happiness is simply peace, dancing.
Peace is simply happiness at rest.

You’ve got a lot of choices.
If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.

( Steven D. Woodhull )

Trust is like paper.
Once it’s crumbled, it can’t be perfect again.

Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.
( Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros )

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy.
Even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.

Now that it’s all over, what did you really do yesterday that’s worth mentioning?
( Coleman Cox )

I try to do good in the world, to do the best I can.
Not because I expect a reward or praise.
But because it feels better than being an asshole.

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.
( Charles Dickens )

Try and be one of the reasons why others believe in goodness and kindness.

My favourite times are when I am having intelligent conversations with good people and when I am listening to good music.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

When it rains look for rainbows.
When it’s dark look for stars.

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
( J.K. Rowling )

People know your name, but not your story.
They have heard what you have done, but not what you have been through.
So take their opinions of you with a pinch of salt.
It’s not what others think of you.
It’s what you think about yourself that counts.

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.
But if you listen, you may learn something new.
( Dalai Lama )

Your value doesn’t decrease based on the inability of others to see your worth.

You may never have proof of your importance but you are more important than you think.
There are always those who couldn’t do without you.
The rub is that you don’t always know who.
( Robert Fulghum )

A good human will be honest no matter how painful the truth is.
A coward hides behind lies and deceit.

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.
Failure is delay, not defeat.
It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.
( Denis Waitley )

Never underestimate yourself.
You know more than you say, think more than you speak, and notice more than you realise.

Sticks and stones may break our bones, and words may break our hearts.
( Rose Winfold )

I smile and act like nothing is wrong.
It’s called dealing with life and staying strong.

Whoever has skill in music is of good temperament and fitted for all things.
We must teach music in schools.
( Martin Luther )

Confidence isn’t walking into a room with your nose in the air and thinking you are better than everyone else.
It’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone else in the first place.

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
( Leonardo da Vinci )

When someone is nasty or treats you poorly don’t take it personally.
It says nothing about you but everything about them.

Our leaders sleep in peace as young men carry out violence in faraway places on their behalf.
( Rose Winfold )

Be thankful for the body and the mind you have.
No one can look or think the way you do.
You are unique.

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
( Leonardo da Vinci )

Never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger, or insecurity.
Evaluate your words before you let them leave your lips.
Sometimes it’s best to be quiet.

My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.
( Judy Blume )

Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong.
Some of us travel the whole world to find it.
Others, find it in a person.
( Beau Taplin )

Use your voice for kindness
Your ears for compassion
Your hands for charity
Your mind for truth
And your heart for love.

And sure enough, even waiting will end.
If you can just wait long enough.

( William Faulkner )

There is no small act of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
( Mary Anne Radmacher )

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
( Mark Twain )

He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it.
( Dante Alighieri )

If the words you spoke appeared on your skin, would you still be beautiful?

We must take sides.
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.

Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
( Elie Wiesel )

Every step may get harder.
But don’t stop.

The view is beautiful at the top.

Peace is not something you wish for, it is something you make, something you are, something you do, and something you give away.
( Robert Fulghum )

Clothe yourself in strength and dignity.
And smile without being fearful of the future.
( Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008 )

You were born with the ability to change someone’s life.
Don’t ever waste it.

Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first understood.
( Leonardo da Vinci )

If you want to feel rich, just count all the gifts you have that money can’t buy.

Don’t let people pull you into their storm.
Pull them into your peace.

( Kimberly Jones )

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
( Jacques Yves Cousteau )

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.
You choose.

There are three classes of people.
Those who see.
Those who see when they are shown.
Those who do not see.

( Leonardo da Vinci )

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