The title is pretty self-explanatory, but let me describe it further. Quotes, pearls of wisdom, winged words, proverbs, sayings—all is fine as long as they inspire you or others.

Mine is “When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars.”

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Its never too late to be what you might have been.

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#2

"Stars cant shine without darkness"

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but about learning to dance in the rain"

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Hanne DeBann
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1 week ago

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship," - Little Women

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"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Mauve Mouse
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2 weeks ago

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." -Dante

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#4

I actually live by my own quote: Never borrow what you cannot replace; never loan what you cannot afford to lose.

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Luisa Vasconcelos
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2 weeks ago

My friend always says I can start by driving his car to have drive experience. I always say I will do on the day I have the money to pay immediately, in case something happens.

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#5

Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
Exhibit A: Covid-19

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danielw
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2 weeks ago

Exhibit A2- everything else. Giant Meteor, 2020, most of the biggest problems will immediately go away the moment it hits the White House. The rest will cease to be relevant.

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#6

From my emotional s**t I make compost.

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No, I'm Rebekah
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2 weeks ago

Love it

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Mine is from Jackie Robinson ¨I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.¨ I like it because in Grade School People acting like they don´t like me and not treat em like a human.

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Daria B
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1 week ago (edited)

Unfortunately, this one doesn't end in grade school. But at least people generally grow up to learn some manners. Still, you don't need to care too much about other people liking you, unless they give you exceful unwanted attention.

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"If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you."
-Steven Wright

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danielw
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2 weeks ago

I'm reminded of one of the old Marine Corps cadences my dad used to 'sing'. it was a cadence meant to provide instructions for jumping out an airplane. I only remember parts of it... so I apologize for that. "Stand up. hook up, shuffle to the door...." it continued, i remember, to something like 'If that chute don't open big an'round, I've got a second one...[or something].... and if that 'chute don't open big and round, you'll be the first to the ground!"

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"If you're going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill

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Pandola
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2 weeks ago

it's probably the right way...

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#10

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future
-JRR Tolkien

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Kiss Army
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2 weeks ago

"Not all who wander are lost."

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“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

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OhForSmegSake
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2 weeks ago

That is one of my favourite quotes!!

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And another one: "It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little." Diogenes of Sinope

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MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
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2 weeks ago

I am at good at wanting little but I feel oneday I'll regret not wanting enough.I am scared all the time of everything.I can't take this anymore.

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Each great journey begins with one small step. Lao Tzu

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Steve Barnett
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2 weeks ago

Apart from the Golden Rule, which is "treat others as you would treat yourself", this is essentially my mantra.

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#14

Let it go or be dragged (by it).

- A Zen proverb-
shared with me by a social worker

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Borgia 137
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2 weeks ago

I like this one a lot.

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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
~ Maya Angelou

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BusLady
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2 weeks ago

Wise lady.

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#16

"Nothing matters but everything counts ! " by a wise human I know.

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#17

“Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.”

-Jim Butcher

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danielw
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2 weeks ago

can't argue, but, I have a great idea. remove all the warning labels.

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"The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being so, except that they are so." -William R. Inge

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BusLady
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2 weeks ago

You find joy where you will. You may have to search for it, but you will find it. Even in the most miserable situations.

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If you think you're too small to make an impact, spend the night with a mosquito. -Dali Llama

If cauliflower can be pizza, you can be anything - Random sarcastic sticker quote

Haters will see you walk on water and say it's because you can't swim - no clue found on internet.

Not my Monkeys, Not my Circus - P.T. Barnum I think

Que Sera Sera - old song, older quote, my partial life motto. It means 'What will be will be' and it's a great way to put things in context. Once you've done everything you can Que Sera Sera the rest.

Do not Meddle
In the affairs of Dragons
For you are Crunchy
And taste good with Ketchup - no clue the origin but this shall never die.

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danielw
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2 weeks ago

the last bit is apparently a quote from a book by Sherilyn Kenyon. (Dragonswan. looks interesting. might try it.) the quote is itself a reference to LOTR: the Fellowship of the Ring. either a spoof or a nod, or something. can't take credit, found on SE: https://literature.stackexchange.com/questions/2586/origins-of-quote-do-not-meddle-in-the-affairs-of-dragons-for-you-are-crunchy-a#2587

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#20

Everyone is brave until they find out which cockroach flies. (Brasilian adage)

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OhForSmegSake
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2 weeks ago

Yes!!

#21

If people doubt how far you can go, go so far you can't hear them anymore
-Michele Ruiz

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BusLady
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2 weeks ago

Leave the haters in the dust.

#22

"The more I learn, the less I realise I know" - Socrates

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BusLady
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2 weeks ago

Wise man.

#23

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called present.

-Master Oogway

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#24

It's me! My own personal favorites:
"Glory is not in never falling, but in the way we rise when we do fall."
"The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me."
"If you're lucky enough to be different, don't ever change."

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#25

“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” - Bruce Lee

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BusLady
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2 weeks ago

This reminds me of verbal bullying in school.

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#26

not exactly inspirational, but wise nonetheless.
"better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”

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H.L.Lewis
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2 weeks ago

Thumbs up on that!

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#27

"When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail."

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Pandola
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2 weeks ago

we need to change our mind setting but it's obviously difficult...

#28

"People that gossip to you will gossip about you"

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BusLady
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2 weeks ago

😂

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#29

“Strong minds suffer without complaining; weak minds complain without suffering.”

- Lettie Cowman

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Zophra
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2 weeks ago

...and smart minds try to avoid the suffering...

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#30

I don't know if this counts as inspirational per se, but I still love it.

" Let's be extra gentle, soft, and kind to ourselves and others today."
- Camila Cabello

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#31

My favourite quote is by Jimmi Hendrix.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."

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Mimi M
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1 week ago

Jimi (RIP)

#32

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." used to be what I've often reminded myself to do, until I now when I researched the phrase and learnt about what precedes this phrase. Now I am confused.

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danielw
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2 weeks ago

for others lost, apparently, the full section from Westward Ho, by Samuel Becket is “First the body. No. First the place. No. First both. Now either. Now the other. Sick of the either try the other. Sick of it back sick of the either. So on. Somehow on. Till sick of both. Throw up and go. Where neither. Till sick of there. Throw up and back. The body again. Where none. The place again. Where none. Try again. Fail again. Better again. Or better worse. Fail worse again. Still worse again. Till sick for good. Throw up for good. Go for good. Where neither for good. Good and all.”

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"Do or do not. There is no try."-Yoda, 3 ABY, 1980

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Nevid
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2 weeks ago

The Jedi philosophy is particularly detrimental to its members, though. It forces its members to ignore or repress their feeling, leaving them unable to deal with them. Even this one is just a way to force someone into being very confident or just giving up, leaving no room for anything else, which is a bad way to teach/learn.

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everything will be okay in the end if its not okay, its not the end- John Lennon

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DrBronxx
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1 week ago

I mean, these are no doubt fine words, but the end of John Lennon's life was certainly not ok.

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#35

"Don't give up. Normally it is the last key on the ring which opens the door."

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#36

My favourite is from Les Brown, who I got to meet in person in 2011. "If you do what's easy, your life will be hard. However, if you do what's hard, your life will be easy"

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Pandola
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2 weeks ago

yes...

#37

"Two sides to every story" does not equal "the truth is in the middle".

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#38

"Nothing to excess"

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Anamaria Mazer de Toledo
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2 weeks ago

even the nothing ...

#39

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”- Albert Einstein. (yall can correct me if he never actually said this)

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Kiss Army
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2 weeks ago

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” No substantive evidence exists suggesting Einstein made this statement, though it has been attributed to him in at least one self-help book. In fact, the quote can be traced to a well-established allegory involving animals doing impossible things, used to illustrate the fallacy of judging someone by a skill or ability that person (or animal) does not possess.

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Well no, but actually yes.
"Fame is a bee. It has a song- It has a sting- Ah, too, it has a wing."
-Emily Dickinson

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Daria B
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1 week ago

But bees die after they sting. It's a suicide weapon.

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#41

"Only those with their feet on rock can build castles in the air."
---Terry Pratchett---

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#42

'If You Want To Be The Rainbow, You Have To Put Up With The Rain' - Anonymous

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#43

It's not a bad life it's just a bad day- louis tomlinson

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BusLady
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2 weeks ago

Good advice for people who suffer from depression.

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You miss 100% of the shots you never take.

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#45

Do not fear Death. Death is always at our side. When we show fear, it jumps at us faster than light. But, if we do not show fear, it casts its eye upon us gently and then guides us into infinity...

- Laughing Bull, Cowboy Bebop

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Billy The Kid
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2 weeks ago

I like that. thumbs up

#46

"Good things come to those who wait, but better things come to those who get off their a**es and do it."

-Anonymous

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#47

Quitters never win, and Winners never quit
---Vince Lombardi

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postboredom
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2 weeks ago

this one never gets old

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“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
-Albus Dumbledore

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Pandola
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2 weeks ago

it's a choice

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#49

What fire does not destroy, it hardens --Oscar Wilde

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#50

It's not about the progress you make outside in the world, but about the progress you make inside yourself.

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#51

No matter how hard you try, how many times you get back up, how many times you have done something that makes your soul soar.
There is always some bugger who will kick you in the balls.

(original quote from me)

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#52

"If your eyes could speak, what would they say?" -Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)

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yosemity sam
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2 weeks ago

not gonna think about this or a week. Not gonna do it.

#53

Experience is what you get after you need it.

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#54

MINE IS SCIENTIFICALLY CORRECT (if you ignore the figure of speech)

Shoot for the stars, and if you miss then you will still be on the moon.

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danielw
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2 weeks ago

... on a very long Sag-A-centric orbit of the galaxy. Possibly whatever orbit happens to be outside galactic orbit... In fact, I do not suggest missing.

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#55

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Shirley Chisolm

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#56

Do No Harm, But Take No Shit
- On a bangle I own

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#57

A ship in harbour is safe, but that's not what ships are built for

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#58

Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it.
- Maya Angelou

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#59

Growing old is mandatory...... Growing up is optional.
Bob Monkhouse.

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Kiss Army
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2 weeks ago

Famous Misquotations: Growing Old is Mandatory; Growing Up is Optional” is one of those popular quotations you find all over the Internet, on mugs, posters, t-shirts, etc. It is attributed to either Walt Disney, or Charles Theodore “Chili” Davis, a Jamaican-American former baseball player. It certainly makes sense that the quote is attributed to Walt Disney whose work and theme parks are focused on capturing (or recapturing) a child’s sense of wonder and delight. It certainly sounds like something he would say; however, there is no evidence that proves that Disney ever wrote or said this. On the other hand, there are numerous collections of quotations posted within the last decade that cite Chili Davis as the source of this famous quotation; however, once again, there is no article or interview where this phrase appears. Lacking any definitive, verifiable written source, one can only conclude that this is an apocryphal quotation, most likely written by some anonymous individual.

#60

The same Fire that melts Butter, makes Steel..

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Jenna Noel
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“To reject conformity in favour of asserting one’s individual nature is the work of a lifetime”

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#61

When I was at school our Civics teacher asked us to come up with a quote.  This was mine.

Never bring anyone any pain or sorrows
In what you do and in what you say
Because you will soon find that even a thousand tomorrows
Will not buy you back one yesterday.

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H.L.Lewis
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2 weeks ago

Very nice

#62

“I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”

-“Invictus” by Henley

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Pandola
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2 weeks ago

I'm in control of myself and I feel safe...

#63

From my local YMCA wall. I feel it pertains to many things beyond profanity.

"The absence of profanity offends no one."

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#64

Easy. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

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Pandola
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2 weeks ago

he was the master of "quotations"

#65

"Life is a journey up a spiral staircase; as we grow older we cover the ground covered we have covered before, only higher up; as we look down the winding stair below us we measure our progress by the number of places where we were but no longer are. The journey is both repetitious and progressive; we go both round and upward."
-William Butler Yeats

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#66

"Be yourself and real friends will love the real you". Also, "Real friends are like stars there always there just sometimes you can't see them." I used to get bullied a lot and these quotes helped!

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#67

When you’re up to your ears in bullsh!t, don’t open your mouth.
Not sure where I heard it.

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#68

“It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.“ -Ian McEwan

Not a happy quote but it’s from my favorite novel “Atonement” and sure got me thinking.

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#69

“Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.”

― Paulo Coelho

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BusLady
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2 weeks ago

The only person you will know your entire life is You.

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“I am here to live out loud.” -Emile Zola

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“I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” Mewtwo

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#72

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen

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OhForSmegSake
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2 weeks ago

Also: "Blessed are the Cracked, for they let the light in"

#73

Be the change you want to see.

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Kiss Army
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2 weeks ago

Here is the quote from Gandhi that is is attributed to. I think it is very powerful... “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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I have two.
From Buddhism : your work, is to discover your work, and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.
This one is anonymous. I read it about 50 years ago.
A man who works with his hands is a laborer.
A man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman.
But a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.

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idkwhatsmyname
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2 weeks ago

this one is so wholesome

#75

Pedras no caminho? Eu guardo todas. Um dia vou construir um castelo.
Nemo Nox

Stones along the way? I keep them all. Someday I'll build a castle.

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H.L.Lewis
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2 weeks ago

Oh. I LIKE that!

#76

Fold your worries into paper planes and turn them into flying fucks.

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yosemity sam
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2 weeks ago

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“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
― Sarah Williams

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#78

“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final.” - Rilke

I only learnt of this quote since I watched Jojo Rabbit at the beginning of the year, (it appears on screen at the very end of the film.) I feel it was weirdly apt since a few weeks after I watched it we were suddenly in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. Got me through some tough times as a healthcare worker the last 6 months or so too.

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idkwhatsmyname
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2 weeks ago

you are a hero my friend

#79

"Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars." - Les Brown

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Markus Holstein
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2 weeks ago

where you will die a quick, yet agonizing death

#80

Impossible standards just make life difficult.

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Sometimes, I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going, I just hope I find it along the way. -Michael Scott

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2 weeks ago

From The Office

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"There are no mistakes in life only lessons"
...E F. Churchfield

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Kiss Army
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1 week ago

Quote by Robin Sharma: “There are no mistakes in life, only lessons.

#83

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive.

Sir Walter Scott

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Pandola
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2 weeks ago

it better to be real...

#84

"Step follows step,
Hope follows Courage,
Set your face towards danger,
Set your heart on victory."
Gail Carson Levine, The Two Princesses of Bamarre

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#85

Say what you mean.
Mean what you say.
Try not to say it mean....
But poop happens..

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#86

Dunno if somebody else said it first, but I heard it on Babylon 5. One of the more memorable lines from Marcus, the exact line goes "I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'wouldn't it be much worse if life *were* fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?' So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe."

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#87

When life's tough remember you are tougher

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#88

"if you're not mad or sad, you wont know when you're happy" -jeon jungkook

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#89

"we can't all do great things, but we can do small things with great love" (Mother Theresa). I live by this quote on a daily basis. xox

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idkwhatsmyname
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2 weeks ago

this one is so beaqutiful, thanks.

#90

“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” - Alan Turing

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#91

Night is darkerst just before dawn.....

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#92

the next day is even worse than the current so enjoy it

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yosemity sam
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2 weeks ago

oddly, this is my favorite

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“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Shirley Chisolm

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#94

If you shake my hand then i will shake yours.
If not, then keep walking.
Quote by Billy the kid

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#95

I realised that I was never going to fit in, so I decided to stand out.
- Cam, modern family

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#96

Okay so I have a tie between “You know what? I'm an artist. I'm an artist and I'm gonna make art, arty art art!” (Andy Biersack) or "Never chase love, affection, or attention. If it isn't given freely by another person, it isn't worth having." (Ashley Purdy)

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#97

Live life to the fullest cause you never know what is going to happen tomorrow

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#98

Life is short ride it for all it's worth

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#99

“Life must be lived as play, playing certain games, making sacrifices, singing and dancing, and then a man will be able to propitiate the gods, and defend himself against his enemies, and win in the contest.”

Plato

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#100

Things that don't kill you can make you stronger.
Basically if you can learn and grow from a shitty event then thats a positive

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Bobby Sammons
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2 weeks ago

And the corollary to that is: And the things that kill you make you dead.

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#101

“If you're going through hell, keep going.” - Winston Churchill

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#102

The opposite of depression is expresion.
-Edith Eva Eger

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#103

The main two I live by:

"Three things cannot be long hidden; the sun, the moon, and the truth" -Buddha
"Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted" -John Lennon

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#104

“They asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said “Happy” They said I didn’t understand the question, I said that they didn’t understand life.“

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#105

I have two.

"The grass is greener where you water it"-Neil Barringham

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words"-C.S Lewis

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#106

Linguists love variety. "Quien riendola hace, llorando la paga. (Ley de Vida) (Law of Life). One pays the consequences for what one does.

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#107

My favorite quote is more of my favorite mantra. "As above, so below" As you view the world, so it shall be. All about manifestation. Never speak negative into the universe, or that's all you'll receive. Speak positives? Watch the universe reward you!!

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#108

"A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty." - David Hume

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#109

"Love one another."

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#110

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV

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#111

Fold your worries into paper planes and turn them into flying fucks!

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#112

Heard it from my colleague at work when I was really stressed out, living alone abroad, trying to pay off my student loan:

'Don't worry, it may never happen'.

Worked in seconds, I realised we mainly live in fear of terrible things to happen, whether they do or not, but if there's really time to face the worst, we just do, the best we can, as there's no other way around it. All the stress we live in is a pure creation of our minds, some of it probably useful, most of it unnecessary. I often think about this lovely woman as she noticed me in my lowest point and said something that truelly inspired me.

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#113

There are three, proven in everydays experience:

1.) Take people as they are, there are no other.
2.) You won't get away with any good deed.
3.) You are not kindred scot-free.


I hope there will be someone to translate them better.

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#114

Another One!

"If you're sad, look at cat pics. If you are happy, look at cat pics. ALWAYS look at cat pics."
-Me OwO

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H.L.Lewis
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2 weeks ago

Always look at cat pics! Total agreement!

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#115

i dont really have one but i do now some advice, When everything feels dark and that your life has no meaning, search at the positive side of everything is the best you can do

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#116

"If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all." - Thumper (Bambi)

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#117

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”- Carl Sagan

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#118

When it s***s, it's a diarrhea. (Meaning, sometimes bad things happen in clusters; one thing after another...)

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