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But nothing can take the place of love. Love is the measure of life: only so far as we love do we really live. The variety of our interests, the width of our sympathies, the susceptibilities of our hearts— if these do not measure our lives, what does? As the years go by, we are all of us more or less subject to two dangers, the danger of petrifaction and the danger of putrefaction; either that we shall become hard and callous, crusted over with customs and conventions till no new ray of light or of joy can reach us, or that we shall become lax and disorganized, losing our grip upon the real and vital sources of happiness and power. Now, there is no preservative and antiseptic, nothing that keeps one’s heart young, like love, like sympathy, like giving one’s self with enthusiasm to some worthy thing or cause. – John Burroughs

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The power to see straight is the rarest of gifts; to see no more and no less than is actually before you; to be able to detach yourself and see the thing as it actually is, uncolored or unmodified by your own sentiments or prepossessions. In short, to see with your reason as well as with your perceptions, that is to be an observer and to read the book of nature aright. – John Burroughs

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We’ll start the war from right here! – Theodore Roosevelt  Jr.

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If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by me. – Alice Roosevelt

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In Genesis, it says that it is not good for a man to be alone but sometimes it is a great relief. – John Barrymore

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If we think birds, we shall see birds wherever we 
go; if we think arrowheads, as Thoreau did, we 
shall pick up arrowheads in every field. - John Burroughs
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The eye sees what it has the means of seeing, and its means of seeing are in proportion to the love and desire behind it. – John Burroughs

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We are all answers to long sums in addition. – Clara Barrus

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We usually do well what we like to do. When anyone finds something he especially likes to do, and can do just a little better than anyone else, and in a way all his own, it is probably his particular work in the world. It is often nearer than he dreams. – Clara Barrus

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Serene I fold my hands and wait
Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
I rave no more ‘gainst time or fate,
For lo! my own shall come to me.

– John Burroughs

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The most precious things of life are near at hand, without money and without price. Each of you has the whole wealth of the universe at your very door. All that I ever had, and still have, may be yours by stretching forth your hand and taking it. – John Burroughs

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The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. – Eric Hoffer

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It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams. – Simone Weil

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You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment. – – Alvin Toffler

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Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. – Satchel Paige

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You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think. – Dorthy Parker

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All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door . – Albert Camus

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The universe has farted immensely in all our faces. And we try to ignore the huge stink the best we can. – Frank Kuppner

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Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. – Benjamin Disraeli

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We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us. – Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. – Abraham Lincoln

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I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. – Winston Churchill

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So convenient a thing to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.  –  Benjamin Franklin

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Truth and sincerity have a certain distinguishing native luster about them which cannot be perfectly counterfeited; they are like fire and flame, that cannot be painted. –  Benjamin Franklin