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(I [Clair Esman] have final say over approval).

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell

“True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply  buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.” - Milan Kundera, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”

“There is a thin line between the impossible and the possible - that is determination.”
― Ogwo David Emenike

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength.”

- Ralph W Sockman

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What is a Friend? I'll tell you. It is a person with whom you dare to be yourself. Your soul can go naked with him. He seems to ask you to put on nothing, only to be what you really are.

When you are with him, you do not have to be on your guard. You can say what you think, so long as it is genuinely you.

He understands those contradictions in your nature that cause others to misjudge you. With him you breathe freely—you can avow your little vanities and envies and absurdities, and in opening them up to him they are dissolved on the white ocean of his loyalty.

He understands. You can weep with him, laugh with him, pray with him—through and underneath it all he sees, knows and loves you.”

- Anonymous

“The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.”

- Stephen King

“Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK. If you're not failing, you're not growing.”

- H. Stanley Judd

“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.  And the self same well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.  And how else can it be?  The deeper the sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain.”

- Kahlil Gibran “The Prophet”

“I acquired courage from the masterpieces of sages. I came of age by their instructions to keep going, even in hard times. Then I learnt not to despair, even when it seemed that my world is falling apart. I learnt to possess fortitude.”
― Ogwo David Emenike

 

 

 

 

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

- William Faulkner

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scares.”

- Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

"Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

- William Wadsworth Longfellow

“We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly”

- Sam Keen

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.”

- Washington Irving

"You've gotta' dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth."
- William W Purkey

“Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are  at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem  from it.”

- Milan Kundera, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”

“Every man has a secret sorrow which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow