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Children begin by loving their parents. As they grow older, they judge them. Sometimes they forgive them.
Our children seem to have wonderful taste, or none - depending, of course, on whether or not they agree with us.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. You cannot escape the results of your thoughts.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude or the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security.
Mistakes are a great educator when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them
A man is getting along on the road to wisdom when he begins to realize that his opinion is just an opinion.
Courage is always greatest when blended with meekness; intellectual ability is most admired when it sparkles in the setting of modest self-distrust; and never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive any injury.
A patient going to a doctor for his first visit was asked, "And whom did you consult before coming to me?""Only the village druggist," was the answer."And what sort of foolish advice did that numbskull give you?" asked the doctor, his tone and manner denoting his contempt for the advice of the layman."Oh," replied his patient, with no malice aforethought, "he told me to come and see you."
Friendship is a living thing that lasts only as long as it is nourished with kindness, empathy and understanding.
Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.
Many of us have heard opportunity knocking at our door, but by the time we unhooked the chain, pushed back the bolt, turned two locks, and shuts off the burglar alarm - it was gone.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted
The good Lord gave me a brain that works so fast that in one moment I can worry as much as it would take others a whole year to achieve.
Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which marks the difference between the leaders in every activity and the laggards who put in just enough to "get by."
Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Love is to man an embarrassment, even a word; it is to a woman an excuse for existence, especially the word.
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith.
Create the kind of climate in your organization where personal growth is expected, recognized and rewarded.
Before a diamond shows its brilliancy and prismatic colors it has to stand a good deal of cutting and smoothing.
Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.
Children are natural mimics; they act like their parents in spite of every effort to teach them good manners.
A little tact and wise management may often evade resistance, and carry a point, where direct force might be in vain.
It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before.
It is strange that we do not temper our resentment of criticism with a thought for our many faults which have escaped us.
One look around us ought to show that all our arbitrary measures and bounds have been clamped on us by mankind.
Excellence is best described as doing the right things right - selecting the most important things to be done and then accomplishing them 100% correctly.
Find expression for a sorrow and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy.
Spare minutes are the Gold-dust of time; the portions of life most fruitful in good and evil; the gaps through which temptations enter.
There is a growing suspicion that what the world needs now is a religion that will cover the other six days of the week.
To live so that you would not be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip, is to have lived well
It would take battalions of angels to protect us from our dreaded dangers, though in a long lifetime few of the dangers come to anything.
No poet sings because he must sing. At least no great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing
No poet sings because he must sing. At least no great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing.
One thing about the school of experience is that it will repeat the lesson if you flunk the first time.
Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.
Replying to the tributes paid to him at a testimonial dinner, Herbert Bayard Swope said; "I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure. Try to please everybody."
The average person living to age 70 has 613,000 hours of life. This is too long a period not to have fun.
The best leader is the one who has the sense to surround himself with outstanding people and self-restraint not to meddle with how they do their jobs.
We cannot be too earnest, too persistent, too determined, about living superior to the herd-instinct.
What made the deepest impression upon you? inquired a friend one day of Lincoln, when you stood in the presence of the Falls of Niagara, the greatest of natural wonders? ---- The thing that stuck me most forcibly when I saw the Falls, Lincoln responded with the characteristic deliberation, was where in the world did all that water come from?
When thoughts fails of words, they find imagination waiting at their elbow to teach a new language without words.
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