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In friendship we see only the faults which can harm our friends.

In friendship we see only the faults which can harm our friends. In love we see in the beloved only those faults which we ourselves shall suffer. -- La Bruyere, in Les Caracteres

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
-- Richard Bach, _Illusions_ [1977]

The love of study, a passion which derives fresh vigor from enjoyment,

The love of study, a passion which derives fresh vigor from enjoyment, supplies each day and hour with a perpetual source of independent and rational pleasure. -- Gibbon (1737-1794)

Without ambition one starts nothing.

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
-- Emerson (1803-1882)

I believe that we form our own lives, that we create our own reality

I believe that we form our own lives, that we create our own reality, and that everything works out for the best. I know that I drive some people crazy with what with what seems to be ridiculous optimism, but it has always worked out for me. I believe in taking a positive attitude toward the world, toward people, and toward my work. I think that I am here for a purpose. I think that it's likely that we all are, but I'm only sure about myself. -- Jim Henson, 1936 - 1990

There is no reality except the one contained within us.

There is no reality except the one contained within us.
That is why so many people live such an unreal life.
They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.
-- Herman Hesse, Demain

In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.

In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future.

No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future. -- Ian E. Wilson

We cannot hope to savor even the smallest fraction of the good things of this earth

We cannot hope to savor even the smallest fraction of the good things of this earth, let alone possess them. Yet that is what some of us try to do, brazenly proclaiming that we want it all. Unfortunately, however, there is the matter of capacity. Life, among other things, is a smorgesbord; we bring to the table and we take from the table and no one is going to stop us from over-loading our plates.

Pride is a tricky, glorious, double-edged feeling.

Pride is a tricky, glorious, double-edged feeling. -- Andrienne Rich
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