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"Not only is another world possible, she is one her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." A. Roy
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The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
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Experience is a tough teacher because she gives the test first and the lesson after.
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As long as this exists," I thought, "and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy." The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
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The Writer's Almanac
Anne Frank"As Long as this Exists...excerpt from The Diary of a Young Girl"
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Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.
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Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure.
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There is a funny story I always tell my students... When I came for the first time to the US, I didn’t speak English (only Spanish) & I saw on every door the word “exit” which in Spanish means Success = Exito. And then I said: "No wonder Americans are winners, every door they take leads to success.
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Gracie: "Don’t give up, Blanche. Women don’t do that. Look at Betsy Ross, Martha Washington—they didn’t give up. Look at Nina Jones." Blanche Morton: "Nina Jones?" Gracie: "I’ve never heard of her either, because she gave up.
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When they give you lined paper, write the other way.
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Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.
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We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.