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. . . the circumference of life cannot be rightly drawn until the center is set.
- Benjamin E. Mays
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A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
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A man should control his life. Mine is controlling me.
- Rudolph Valentino
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Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
- Ayn Rand
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After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say "I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER."
- Willliam S. Burroughs
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All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
- Sean O'Casey
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An autobiography is the story of how a man thinks he lived.
- Herbert Samuel
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Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.
- Karl Wallenda
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Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James
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Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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Born to be wild - live to outgrow it.
- Lao Tzu
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By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try the world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu
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By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well.
- Eleanor Marx
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Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
- Francis Bacon
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Death does determine life. Once life is finished it acquires a sense; up to that point it has not got a sense; its sense is suspended and therefore ambiguous. However, to be sincere I must add that for me death is important only if it is not justified and rationalized by reason. For me death is the maximum of epicness and death.
- Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap ... but by the seeds you plant!
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin
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Even when someone battles hard, there is an equal portion for one who lingers behind, and in the same honor are held both the coward and the brave man; the idle man and he who has done much meet death alike. (The Iliad)
- Homer
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Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays
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Everyone lives by selling something.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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Everything has been figured out, except how to live.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
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Everything that I did in life that was worthwhile, I caught hell for.
- Earl Warren
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For most men life is a search for the proper manilla envelope in which to get themselves filed.
- Clifton Fadiman
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From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
- Arthur Ashe
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Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
- Will Rogers
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His life was gentle; and the elements So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up, And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!
- William Shakespeare
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I came into this world black, naked and ugly. And no matter how much I accumulate here, it's a short journey. I will go out of this world black, naked and ugly. So I enjoy life.
- Screamin' Jay Hawkins
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I figure I had no business being here this long anyway, so what do you care how old I am? I've been on borrowed time for years. You know my old saying: live it up, the meter's running. I've always said that if you don't have fun while you're here, then it's your fault. You only get to do this once.
- Harry Caray
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I have a lot of great memories, but I can't imagine anything more exciting than the life I have now.
- Rob Lowe
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I have done my fiddling so long under Vesuvius that I have almost forgotten to play, and can only wait for the eruption and think it long of coming. Literally no man has more wholly outlived life than I. And still it's good fun.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
- Agatha Christie
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I may be revered or defamed and decried; But I tried to live my life right.
- Tracy Chapman
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I see my purpose in life as making the world a happier place to be in.
- David Niven
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I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.
- Fidel Castro
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I want to keep going till I drop.
- Nelson Eddy
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If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
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If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
- Lin Yutang
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If you don't run your own life, somebody else will.
- John Atkinson
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If you really think about the horror of the world, the only suitable attitude seems to be to reject it.
- Czeslaw Milosz
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In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.
- Lao Tzu
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In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular.
- Kathleen Norris
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In the game of life, it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.
- Bill Vaughan
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It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.
- Adlai Stevenson
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It is not true that life is one damn thing after another, it is the same damn thing over and over.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay
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It isn't life that matters, it's the courage you bring to it.
- Hugh Walpole
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It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
- Anonymous
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It's possible, you can never know, that the universe exists only for me. If so, it's sure going well for me, I must admit.
- Bill Gates
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Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
- Lao Tzu
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Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
- Albert Schweitzer
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Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.
- Woody Allen
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Life is a comedy for those who think... and a tragedy for those who feel.
- Horace Walpole
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Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem
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Life is a horizontal fall.
- Jean Cocteau
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Life is a long headache in a noisy street.
- John Masefield
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Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
- Truman Capote
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Life is a zoo in a jungle.
- Peter De Vries
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Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.
- Woody Allen
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Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.
- E. M. Forster
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Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.
- Woody Allen
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Life is just a phase you're going through...you'll get over it.
- Anonymous
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Life is like a cobweb, not an organization chart.
- Ross Perot
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Life is like a game of poker: If you don't put any in the pot, there won't be any to take out.
- Moms Mabley
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Life is like an onion; you peel off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep.
- Carl Sandburg
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Life is like eating artichokes, you have got to go through so much to get so little.
- Thomas Aloysius Dorgan
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Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink.
- Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
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Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the 1000 small uncaring ways.
- Stephen Vincent Benet
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Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination.
- Christopher Isherwood
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Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim
- Bertrand Russell
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Life is only a long and bitter suicide, and faith alone can transform this suicide into a sacrifice.
- Franz Liszt
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Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic.
- Cesare Pavese
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Life is painful, nasty and short... in my case it has only been painful and nasty.
- Djuna Barnes
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Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.
- Isaac Asimov
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Life is short; live it up.
- Nikita Khrushchev
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Life is so unlike theory.
- Anthony Trollope
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Life is something like a trumpet. If you don't put anything in, you won't get anything out.
- W. C. Handy
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Life is wasted on the living.
- Douglas Adams
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Life is, I think, a blunder and a shame.
- William Henley
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Life itself is the proper binge.
- Julia Child
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Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it.
- Greta Garbo
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Life's more amusing than we thought.
- Andrew Lang
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Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast.
- Douglas Adams
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Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.
- Marcus Aurelius Antonius
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Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.
- Agnes De Mille
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Madam, Life's a piece in bloom Death goes dogging everywhere: She's the tenant of the room He's the ruffian on the stair.
- William Henley
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My life is very crazy and busy, but I love it that way.
- Hilary Duff
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No matter how bad things get, you got to go on living, even if it kills you.
- Sholom Aleichem
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Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
- Brendan Gill
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Nothing matters very much, and very few things matter at all.
- Arthur Balfour
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One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.
- Agatha Christie
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One of the things that has helped me as much as any other, is not how long I am going to live, but how much I can do while living.
- George Washington Carver
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Our life is what our thoughts make it.
- Marcus Aurelius Antonius
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Personally, I don't think there's intelligent life on other planets. Why should other planets be any different from this one?
- Bob Monkhouse
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Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement; a sanded floor and whitewashed walls and the green trees, and flowery meads, and living waters outside.
- William Morris
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The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.
- Marcus Aurelius Antonius
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The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly -- because if they don't speak fast nobody will listen to them.
- Michael Caine
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The cost of living's going up, and the chance of livin's going down.
- Flip Wilson
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The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
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The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
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The secret of a long life is knowing when it's time to go.
- Michelle Shocked
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The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again.
- Jimi Hendrix
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The thing that is incredible is life itself. Why should we be here in this sun-illuminated universe? Why should there be green earth under our feet?
- Edwin Markham
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The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.
- Lilly Tomlin
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The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and a thousand other things well.
- Hugh Walpole
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The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
- Horace Walpole
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There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them.
- Lawrence Welk
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There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
- Oscar Wilde
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There is just one life for each of us: our own.
- Euripides
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There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
- George Santayana
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There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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There must be more to life than having everything.
- Maurice Sendak
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There's nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book.
- Carson McCullers
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To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying "Amen" to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!
- Miguel de Cervantes
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We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.
- Dorothy Height
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We must accept life for what it actually is - a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell
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We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
- E. M. Forster
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We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.
- Jimmy Carter
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We're given a code to live our lives by. We don't always follow it, but it's still there.
- Gary Oldman
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We, today, stand on the shoulders of our predecessors who have gone before us. We, as their successors, must catch the torch of freedom and liberty passed on to us by our ancestors. We cannot lose in this battle.
- Benjamin E. Mays
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Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults in the first.
- Benjamin Franklin
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When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain
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When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
- George Washington Carver
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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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You can take of a man's money, but when it's all said and done, you've only taken his money. When you take of a man's time, you've taken a part of his life. I'd like to thank you for giving me a part of your life tonight.
- Wayne Newton
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You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon'.
- Chris Rock
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You know, it's a long world.
- Lawrence Welk
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[I]nstead of holding on to the Biblical view that we are made in the image of God, we come to realize that we are made in the image of the monkey[.] - From The Importance of Living (1937)
- Lin Yutang
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