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- Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.
- The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
- Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.
- People change and forget to tell each other.
- It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their finest hour.
- I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
- Cynicism is an unpleasant way of telling the truth.
- With increased opportunity comes increased stress. The stress comes from multiple conflicting demands and very little in the way of role models.
- I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they're good -- or because they're lucky.
- Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four.
- Someone asked someone who was about my age: "How are you?" The answer was, "Fine. If you don't ask for details."
- Plain women know more about men than beautiful women do.
- I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true.
- Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk.
- There are two kinds of directors in the theater. Those who think they are God and those who are certain of it.
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- It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
- It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward.
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- When I have to cry, I think about my love life. When I have to laugh, I think about my love life.
- Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.
Sarah Orne Jewett
- What are compliments? They are things you say to people when you don't know what else to say.
- Failing to plan is planning to fail.
- Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
- You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
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- Don't wait for your "ship to come in," and feel angry and cheated when it doesn't. Get going with something small.
- Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.
- When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
- The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
- Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.
- Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
- There is one sure way of telling when politicians aren't telling the truth -- their lips move.
- Don't agonize. Organize.
- Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
- I've had an exciting time; I married for love and got a little money along with it.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
- It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
Sister Elizabeth Kenny
- Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.
- The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.
- Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.
- Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozey, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
Billie Jean King
- Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.
Coretta Scott King
- You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time,. And that's sufficient.
- A gossip is someone who talks to you about others, a bore is someone who talks to you about himself, and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.
- A brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.
- Success and failure are greatly overrated. But failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about.
- I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's pnly a choice of attitude.
Judith M. Knowlton
- Procrastination gives you something to look forward to.
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- Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.
- The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
- Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
Ursula K. LeGuin
- The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
Ursula K. LeGuin
- Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you.
- The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
- Let us not confuse stability with stagnation.
Mary Jean LeTendre
- A person who talks fast often says things she hasn't thought of yet.
Caron Warner Lieber
- Good communicationation is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Anne Morrow Lingbergh
- I feel we are all islands -- in a common sea.
Anne Morrow Lingbergh
- There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.
Mary Wilson Little
- The people I'm furious with are the women's liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. It's true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket.
- What really matters is what you do with what you have.
- There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
- Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
- No good deed goes unpunished.
Clare Booth Luce
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- It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.
- I would rather fight with my hands than my tongue.
- There's one thing to be said for inviting trouble: it generally accepts.
- The richer your friends, the more they will cost you.
- I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life.
Margareth II, Queen of Denmark
- No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Florida Scott Maxwell
- I touch the future. I teach.
- There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.
- Our strength is often composed of the weakness we're damned if we're going to show.
- Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.
- In the arithmetic of love,
- one plus one equals everything,
- and two minus one equals nothing.
- What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
- Likely as not, the child you can do the least with will do the most to make you proud.
- Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense.
- Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
- Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.
- Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committrf citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time.
- One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.
- We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what noone knows yet.
- Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either.
- Whether women are better than men I cannot say -- but I can say they are certainly no worse.
- Moses dragged us for 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil.
- I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
- Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
- Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
- Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer.
- The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you.
- I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.
- The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.
Agnes De Mille
- Reality is something you rise above.
- Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
- Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.
- If you see a tennis player who looks as if he is working hard, then that means he isn't very good.
Helen Willis Moody
- You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
Mary Tyler Moore
- Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers.
Mary Tyler Moore
- If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.
- Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
- Knowledge is power, if you know it about the right person.
Ethel Watts Mumford
- Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.
Joyce A. Myers
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- Just go out there and do what you have to do.
- The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Lady Dorothy Nevill
- Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
- I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
- We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are.
- It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
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- Everywhere I go I'm asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
- It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised; the mosquito is swatted.
- Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.
- Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time -- like to have a friend takes time.
- What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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- Misfortune, and recited misfortune especially, may be prolonged to the point where it ceases to excite pity and arouses only irritation.
- Four be the things I am wiser to know:
- Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
- The best way to keep your children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant -- and let the air out of the tires.
- My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work.
- The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
- Behind every great man there is a suprised woman.
- The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been annointed.
Mildred Webster Pepper
- Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
- Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
- The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
Ivy Baker Priest