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- Marcus Aurelius
DATE THOUGHT OF THE DAY
"One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."
- Sigmund Freud
"It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate
between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them."
- Leo Buscaglia
"Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living."
- Anais Nin
"Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision."
"One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire."
- John W. Foster
"When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice."
- William James
"Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance."
- Samuel Butler
"To know how to hide one's ability is great skill."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
"The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility: Humility is endless."
- T.S Eliot
"Life is mostly froth and bubble, / Two things stand like stone, / Kindness in another's trouble, / Courage in your own."
- Adam Lindsay Gordon
"A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives the rose."
- Chinese proverb
"By trying to make things easier for their children parents can make things much harder for them."
- Mardy Grothe
"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."
- Immanuel Kant
"Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger."
- Franklin P. Jones
"Nature uses as little as possible of anything."
- Johannes Kepler
"Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have."
- Edward Everett Hale
"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, / And all the sweet serenity of books."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves."
- Nathaniel Branden
"Laughter is inner jogging."
- Norman Cousins
"Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself."
- Marcel Proust
"One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay 'in kind' somewhere else in life."
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive."
- James Baldwin
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
- Scott Adams
"If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen."
- Henry David Thoreau
"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."
- Henry Kahlil Gibran
"You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity."
- Thomas Wolfe
"The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future."
- Oscar Wilde
"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
- Isaac Newton
"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear."
- Thomas Jefferson
"You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created."
- Albert Einstein
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