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“Realize you can be happy this very moment for no reason.  Otherwise, you eternally depend on conditions for happiness, and you remain a victim of circumstances.”   ~~Arthur D. Saftlass

“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.”   ~~Andrea Dykstra

“One should not despise what one has received, nor envy the gains of others.”   ~~Buddha

“Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”   ~~William James

“My novel [Wicked] is about something extremely important. It was about how we demonize people with whom we disagree. It gives ourselves a moral foundation with which to pick up the brick to kill them.”   ~~Gregory Maguire

“Never regret something that once made you smile.”   ~~Amber Deckers

“You have an appointment with life, and that appointment is in the present moment.”   ~~Thich Nhat Hanh

“If your life is being controlled by your fears, you are cheating yourself.”   ~~Bob Proctor

“The many factors which divide us are actually much more superficial than those we share.”   ~~Dalai Lama

“For every positive change you make in your life, something else also changes for the better—it creates a chain reaction.”   ~~Leon Brown

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.”   ~~Henry Winkler

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?”   ~~C.S. Lewis

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”   ~~Bruce Lee


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