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The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, I was wrong.
Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time -- what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.
The beauty of 'spacing' children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones-which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.
An idealist believes the short run doesn't count. A cynic believes the long run doesn't matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
As long as there are human beings, there will be the idea of brotherhood -- and an almost total inability to practice it.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem, but the perpetual human predicament is that the answer soon poses its own problems.
It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others.
Maturity begins when you are content with knowing what you are saying is correct, rather than prove that someone else is wrong
Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older.
The reason that truth is stranger than fiction is that fiction has to have a rational thread running through it in order to be believable, whereas reality may be totally irrational.
We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice-that is, until we have stopped saying 'It got lost,' and say, 'I lost it.'
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