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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – George Santayana

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – George Santayana

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”

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“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

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“A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud.”

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“A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.”

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“A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one’s life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.”

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“All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.”

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“Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.”

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“Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.”

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“Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.”

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“Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.”

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“Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.”

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“Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.”

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“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.”

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“Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.”

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“Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.”

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“The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.”

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“The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.”

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“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”

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“The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.”

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“The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.”

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“Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.”

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“There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”

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“To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.”

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“To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.”

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“We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.”

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“There is nothing impossible in the existence of the supernatural: its existence seems to me decidedly probable.”

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“Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.”

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“Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable: what it is or what it means can never be said.”

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“The highest form of vanity is love of fame.”

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Wikipedia: George Santayana

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – John Adams

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – John Adams

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“A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.”

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“A government of laws, and not of men.”

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“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”

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“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”

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“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

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“Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.”

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“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”

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“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”

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“If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?”

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“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”

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“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”

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“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”

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“Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”

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“There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”

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“Tis impossible to judge with much Præcision of the true Motives and Qualities of human Actions, or of the Propriety of Rules contrived to govern them, without considering with like Attention, all the Passions, Appetites, Affections in Nature from which they flow. An intimate Knowledge therefore of the intellectual and moral World is the sole foundation on which a stable structure of Knowledge can be erected.”

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“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”

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“Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”

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“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

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“The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.”

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”

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“As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760–1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington.”

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“Power always sincerely, conscientiously, de très bon foi, believes itself right. Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak.”

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“Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.”

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“This is the most magnificent movement of all! There is a dignity, a majesty, a sublimity, in this last effort of the patriots that I greatly admire. The people should never rise without doing something to be remembered — something notable and striking. This destruction of the tea is so bold, so daring, so firm, intrepid and inflexible, and it must have so important consequences, and so lasting, that I can’t but consider it as an epocha in history!”
On the Boston Tea Party (17 December 1773)

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“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”

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Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.” John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

Wikipedia: John Adams

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, February 8, 2016 – James Dean

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, February 8, 2016 – James Dean

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“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”

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“There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.”

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“Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have.”

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“Only the gentle are ever really strong.”

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“Being a good actor isn’t easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I’m done.”

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“When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn’t acting. It’s following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.”

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“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.”

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“To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty; to interpret it is his problem; and to express it is his dedication.”

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“The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.”

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“The only greatness for man is immortality.”

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“I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.”

Wikipedia: James Dean

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, February 7, 2016 – Vince Lombardi

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, February 7, 2016 – Vince Lombardi

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“There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.”

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“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”

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“Mental toughness is essential to success.”

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“You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.”

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“To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”

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“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.”

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“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

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“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”

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“Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.”

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“If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

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“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body and his heart-what is life worth to him? If I were a salesman, I would make this commitment to my company, to the product and most of all, to myself.”

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“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

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“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”

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“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body, his heart-what’s life worth to him.

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“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.”

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“In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”

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“They may not love you at the time, but they will later.”

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” Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.”

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“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.”

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“Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it.”

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“A leader must identify himself with the group, must back up the group, even at the risk of displeasing superiors. He must believe that the group wants from him a sense of approval. If this feeling prevails, production, discipline, morale will be high, and in return, you can demand the cooperation to promote the goals of the company.”

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“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

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“They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.”

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“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

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“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”

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“The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel-these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them.”

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“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.”

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“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

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“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.

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“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

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“I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something good in men that really yearns for discipline.”

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“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”

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“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.”

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“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

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“Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

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“Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.”

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“Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.”

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“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

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“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

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“Success demands singleness of purpose.”

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“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.”

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“Winning is not a sometime thing: it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

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“Winning is not everything–but making effort to win is.”

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“It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.”

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“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious.”

Wikipedia: Vince Lombardi

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, February 6, 2016 – Helen Keller

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, February 6, 2016 – Helen Keller

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

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“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

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“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

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“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”

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“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”

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“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

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“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

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“My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.”

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“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”

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“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

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“People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.”

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“The highest result of education is tolerance.”

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“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

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“We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.”

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“While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”

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“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”

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“We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.”

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“Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.”

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“Miss Sullivan touched my forehead and spelled with decided emphasis, “Think.”  In a flash I knew that the word was the name of the process that was going on in my head. This was my first conscious perception of an abstract idea.  For a long time I was still … trying to find a meaning for “love” in the light of this new idea. The sun had been under a cloud all day, and there had been brief showers; but suddenly the sun broke forth in all its southern splendour.  Again I asked my teacher, “Is this not love?”

“Love is something like the clouds that were in the sky before the sun came out,” she replied. Then in simpler words than these, which at that time I could not have understood, she explained:

“You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything. Without love you would not be happy or want to play.”

The beautiful truth burst upon my mind — I felt that there were invisible lines stretched between my spirit and the spirits of others.”

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“No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.”

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“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”

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“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

Wikipedia:  Helen Keller

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