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Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile - Albert Einstein

Forgotten is forgiven - F. Scott Fitzgerald (American writer, 1896 - 1940)

I get by with a little help from my friends - John Lennon & Paul McCartney

If your religion requires you to hate someone, you need a new religion
- anonymous

I just love thinking about what makes people tick - Jessica Ennis, British Heptathlete 2012 Olympic Champion

Family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community, organisation or nation - HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Christmas day broadcast, 2011

Those who criticize don't want you to improve. They want others to be lower and less than themselves. It's an antisocial "help" used by some people who can't raise their own conditions; so they choose to reduce others
- Thorsten von Overgaard, Danish photographer

Social media can meet someone's need for encouragement at the moment of need - unattributable

When someone can make you see this broken world as beautiful, they are worth keeping around
- unattributable

It doesn't matter where you go in life, what you do, or how much you have. It's who you have beside you - unattributable

Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were
- unknown

Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Take the time to talk to people, and be a human being. Be easy being you... - Katharine Dever @kdever

People are in greater need of your praise when they try and fail, than when they try and succeed - Bob Moawad, author and motivational speaker

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime - unattributable

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If you go looking for a friend, you're going to find they're very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere - Zig Ziglar, American author, salesman, and motivational speaker (1926-2012)

Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you - unknown

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel
- Maya Angelou (American author)

A person is a person through other persons - Archbishop Desmond Tutu (describing African Ubuntu philosophy)

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else - Charles Dickens

The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out - James Arthur Baldwin (quoted by New York Mayor Michael R Bloomberg at New York's 9/11 10th anniversary commemoration, Ground Zero, 11 September 2011)

Family rules? We only have one rule in our house, and that's 'Don't Be Annoying' - Daisy Waugh, author and journalist, Sunday Times magazine (10 October 2010)

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate - Barnett Brickner

Love and marriage isn't for you, it's for someone else, the person you love - unattributable

A happy marriage is the union of two forgivers - Ruth Bell Graham

We have a deep need to affiliate, to be around people, and no creature on earth spends as much of its life depending on others as we do - Linda Blairs, psychologist, writing in The Times (9 March 2010)

Sometimes just listening without offering advice is more helpful
- unattributable

The greatest motivational act we can do for another is to listen - unattributable

Don't bring up the past of someone who is trying to improve their future - anonymous

I am who I am because of everyone - Orange TV advert (2008)

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I want to see that our older people still feel useful, and our younger people feel engaged in our wider society, and I want to feel that we can bond people from disparate backgrounds, ages and communities together in a greater project, which they get engaged in for the sake of others. Volunteering, in all sorts of ways, seems to me likely to be able to achieve some of that - Baroness Julia Neuberger (BBC 1 Politics Show, 9 March 2008)

When the strong help the weak, it makes us all stronger - Gordon Brown, acceptance speech on formally becoming Labour Party leader, 24 June 2007

We all say in our own lives that money isn't everything. Love matters, friendships matter. My relationship with my kids matters. It shouldn't be a giant leap to take that thought and introduce it into political dialogue - David Cameron, Conservative Party Leader, interview in 'Green Futures', October 2006

A dog won't forsake his master because of his poverty; a son never deserts his mother for her homely appearance - Chinese Proverb

Respect is an interesting phenomenon: it can be given, it can be earned, but it can't be bought, forced or demanded - Miranda Kennett, independent coach (2008)

Putting your phone away & paying attention to those talking to you? There's an APP for that, it's called 'Respect' - unattributable

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Don't envy... Emulate. Don't be jealous... Be inspired. What's possible for anyone, is possible for you... Make it happen! - Kyle T Garrett

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people
- Theodore Roosevelt

You don't have to be harmonious on everything, just one thing, to get along with someone - Bono, rock singer (with U2) and activist (2005)

Do for others as you would have them do for you - Luke 6:31

Here is a simple rule of thumb for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them! - Luke 6:31 "The Message"

WHAT IF we all treat other people as we wish to be treated?
MORE happiness.
LESS selfishness, crime, fraud, hatred, terrorism, wars...

- Phil Harding

Ask yourself constantly "Am I treating my fellow citizens as I treat my mum?" - Tommy Sheridan, former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party (2007)

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and natural philosopher (1749-1832)

The deepest wounds aren't the ones we get from other people hurting us. They are the wounds we give ourselves when we hurt other people - Isobelle Carmody (Australian author)

When you throw dirt, you lose ground - Texan proverb

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends - Aristotle

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Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go - Margaret Walker

He who hath many friends hath none - Aristotle

Friendship isn't a big thing, it's a million little things
- unattributable

Friends are the sunshine of life - John Hay

Life is nothing without friendship - Cicero

Be the kind of person you would like to meet
- unattributable

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend - Albert Camus's what charity truly means, that compassion for each other's vulnerability - Sally Brampton, novelist and journalist (2005)

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You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you - Dale Carnegie

In this cash-rich, time-poor culture of ours, the most precious commodity we have is time...volunteering our precious time, is in this brutally self-involved world, the most truly selfless act - Sally Brampton, novelist and journalist (2005)

What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal
- Albert Pike

Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others? - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1969)

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbour - Hubert H Humphrey

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots - Marcus Garvey

Your neighbour's vision is as true for him as your own vision is true for you - Miguel de Unamuno

Everybody has something good inside them. Some hide it, some neglect it, but it is there
- Mother Teresa

To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own - Anne Lindbergh

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed - Albert Einstein

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them - Bono, rock singer (with U2)

Interdependence is a higher value than independence - Stephen Covey

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There is nothing more important in life than giving. Tolerance is forged when people look beyond their own desires - Nelson Mandela quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry - James 1:19

Don't build walls and shut people out of your life. To act as if another does not exist is a mean and cruel weapon - Joyce Meyer

An angry father is most cruel towards himself - Publilius Syrus

A cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him - Galileo Galilei

You must look into people, as well as at them - Lord Chesterfield

People get work done, not buildings, not staffs in a generic sense, and not plans, but people - Colin Powell, US Secretary of State 2001-2004

Who do I like best, men or women? I think it really depends on what for! - Joyce Grenfell, actress and comedienne (1910 - 1979)

Relationships become rocky when men and women fail to acknowledge they are biologically different and when each expects the other to live up to their expectations. Much of the stress we experience in relationships comes from the false belief that men and women are now the same and have the same priorities, drives and desires - Allan and Barbara Pease (authors: 'Why men don't listen & women can't read maps')

Men are motivated when they feel needed while women are motivated when they feel cherished - John Gray (author: 'Men are from Mars Women are from Venus')

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Spend some time this weekend on home improvement; improve your attitude toward your family - Bo Bennett

Spending time with children is more important than spending money on children
- unattributable

Grandfathers are just antique little boys - unattributable

It's amazing how grandparents seem so young once you become one - unattributable

Grandmother: a wonderful mother with lots of practice - unattributable

Most grandmas have a touch of the scallywag - Helen Thomson

A grandparent is old on the outside but young on the inside - unattributable

Never have children, only grandchildren - Gore Vidal

The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap - unattributable

I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car - Will Shriner

Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child's growth as vitamins - Joyce Allston

The presence of a young child can refresh your own perspective on life
- unattributable

We could not be happier - Prince William, Duke of Cambridgeshire, on the birth of his son (22 July 2013)

The wonder of seeing a baby born never diminishes - Emma Hardwick, Head of midwifery and clinical services, Ipswich (2013)

The birth of a grandchild is a wonderful and exciting event! That wonder and excitement continues throughout life - Tom Potts

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings - Ann Starke

Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee - David Frost, British broadcaster (1939-2013)

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see - Neil Postman, American author

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If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other - Mother Teresa

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family
- Mother Teresa

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flames by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit - Albert Schweitzer

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 have truly defeated age - Sophia Loren

He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own - Confucius

We must rediscover the habit of thinking the best of each other - Michael Howard

Build fences around people and you will get sheep - unattributable

What's done to children, they will do to society - Karl Menninger

We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you - Jeff Warner

All people are equal, it is not birth, it is virtue alone that makes the difference - Voltaire

You should never value people according to the size of their bank balances. Being poor does not make them bad and being rich does not make them good - Jackie Ballard, Director General, RSPCA, January 2003

Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing - Quincy Jones

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned
- Peter Marshall

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Friendship is essentially a partnership - Aristotle

The only way to have a friend is to be one
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

A good friend is cheaper than therapy - unattributable

Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world - Eleanor Roosevelt

My friends are my estate - Emily Dickinson

A stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet
- unattributable

Friends are the family you choose - Jess C Scott

A friendship that can end, never really began - Publilius Syrus

A friend in power is a friend lost - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Assumptions are the termites of relationships - Henry Winkler

If we look honestly at our relationships, we can see so much about how we have created them - Shakti Gawain

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people - Virginia Woolf

Life is a journey towards truth, we have something to learn from each other, and everybody ought to have a chance to make the journey. So for us, a community is just made up of anybody who accepts the rules of the game, everybody counts, everybody has a role to play, everybody deserves a chance and we all do better when we work together - Bill Clinton (2001)

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To the world you may be just somebody, but to somebody you may just be the world
- unattributable

The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back - Abigail van Buren

If a man is gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is not an island, cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them - Francis Bacon

Valuing diversity: You don't get harmony when everyone sings the same note - Doug Floyd

Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down
- Jimmy Durante

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength - Eric Hoffer

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want - Jonathan Swift

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Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile - unknown

The world is missing kindness and love, so I try to do kind things for people all the time. I think you get back what you give out - Meat Loaf (musician)

The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return - David Bowie (1947 - 2016)

Love, justice and forgiveness - values of The Children's Society (UK)

I don't have time to worry about who doesn't like me... I'm too busy loving the people that love me - Peanuts

If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with - Billy Preston (musician)

The one thing everybody's looking for is unconditional love. We all need somebody to love us just the way we are - Joyce Meyer

You cannot make someone love you, but you can be someone who can be loved
- unattributable

I feel there is nothing more artistic than loving people - Vincent Van Gogh

I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent
- Marilyn Monroe

The difference between like and love:
'When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily' - Buddha

In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy
- from wedding day prayer by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate (29 April 2011)

Do not waste time bothering whether you love your neighbour; act as though you did. When you are behaving as though you loved someone, you will presumably come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn you will find yourself disliking him less
- C S Lewis

Sadly, society leads you to believe that you learn by hardship. Not so. Learning through accepting unconditional love is far more elegant - Gabriella Paolini @FocusedOnNow

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Every woman deserves a man who looks at her every day like the day he first realised he was in love with her! - unattributable

We are trusted, loved and wanted in direct proportion to how we trust, love and want those with whom we come in contact - Rev Richard Hall

If you judge people, you have no time to love them
- Mother Teresa

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none - William Shakespeare

The beauty of love is, whether near or far, you can love from wherever you are - Aine Belton (Author, speaker, spiritual teacher, & founder of the Global Love Project)

The wounds of love can only be healed by the one who made them - Publilius Syrus

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness - Bertrand Russell, philosopher and social critic

Because of deep love, one is courageous - Lao Tzu

A smart girl knows HOW to love. A smarter one knows WHO to love - unattributable

'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all - Alfred Lord Tennison

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, loving someone deeply gives you courage - Lao Tzu

If a person's religious ideas correspond not with your own, love him nevertheless
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, poet (1792-1822)

Men primarily need a kind of love that is trusting, accepting and appreciative. Women primarily need a kind of love that is caring, understanding and respectful - John Gray (author: 'Men are from Mars Women are from Venus')

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres - 1 Corinthians 13: 4 - 7 (New International Version)

You don't have to be 'perfect' to be beautiful or to be loved - Love & love poetry exhibition, Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery (February 2008)

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly - Sam Keen

I have found men who didn't know how to kiss. I've always found time to teach them - Mae West

Kissing power is stronger than will power - Abigail Van Buren

A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years - Rupert Brooke

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The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother
- Theodore Hesburgh

I wish to you, joy and happiness. But above all this, I wish you love - Whitney Houston

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1969)

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1969)

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds - William Shakespeare

If you only love the loveable, do you expect a pat on the back? - Luke 6:32 "The Message"

All works of love are works of peace - Mother Teresa

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace - Jimi Hendrix

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend
- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1969)

A man will love a woman for who she is. A boy will love a girl for what she looks like - unattributable

Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back - Arthur Rubinstein, composer and pianist (1887 - 1982)

This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone - Malala Yousafzai, teenage activist, address to United Nations (July 2013)

Love is when each person is more concerned for the other than for one's self
- David Frost, British broadcaster (1939-2013)

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul - St. Augustine

Love is the best part of life - Suzi Quatro

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine! - Thomas Hood

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He who has forgiven little loves little - Luke 7:47

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit - Peter Ustinov, actor, writer and raconteur (1921-2004)

Love is the greatest refreshment in life
- Pablo Picasso

Some people never say the words "I love you", it's not their style to be so bold. Some people never say "I love you", but like a child they're longing to be told - Annie Lennox (Something So Right)

At a touch of love everyone becomes a poet - Plato

All men, even the most surly are influenced by affection - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Love me when I least deserve it, because that's when I really need it
- Swedish proverb

There's nothing more precious in this world than the feeling of being wanted - Diana Dors

It's your unlimited power to care and to love that can make the biggest difference in the quality of your life - Anthony Robbins

In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person - Margaret Anderson

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We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace - Pope Francis I

Who, being loved, is poor?
- Oscar Wilde

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving - Amy Carmichael

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves - Latin Proverb

Some people care too much, I think it's called love
- Winnie the Pooh

The best portion of a good man's life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love - William Wordsworth

The love we give away is the only love we keep - Elbert Hubbard

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours - unattributable

Love you all the time, 'cause when I close my eyes, I still can see your smile, it's bright enough to light my life - from "I can see your smile" by Gloria Estefan

A loving heart is the truest wisdom - Charles Dickens

Take away love and our earth is a tomb - Robert Browning

Love, and a cough, cannot be hid - George Herbert

What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork - Pearl Bailey

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Happiness, attitude, life & success

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Be the change in the world you want to see - Gandhi

Make friends with people of different age groups to yours, mix with those from different social classes, backgrounds and cultures. This way you'll see and appreciate the world from different perspectives than just your own and be better for it - unattributable

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men - John F Kennedy

Just a reminder in case your mind is playing tricks on you today:
You matter.
You're important.
You're loved.
And your presence on this earth makes a difference whether you see it or not

- Letters of Gratitude (2018)

Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world - Archbishop Desmond Tutu


Compassion, mutual support, love, counting our blessings, positivity, and determination will get us through adversity - Phil Harding, Saltford, during Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, April 2020)

One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others - Winston Churchill

Motivation will always beat mere talent
- unattributable

Appreciation motivates - unattributable

It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others - Dalai Lama

Giving is living. If you stop wanting to give, there's nothing more to do
- Audrey Hepburn

A person who feels appreciated will always do more than is expected - unattributable

Positive thinking is no longer for drifters, dreamers and the perpetually naive. People who think positively see more opportunities, perform better, take more often correct and sound decisions, have more self-confidence, maintain better relations and have more trust placed in them - Herman Van Rompuy, EU President (2011)

Positively inclined people see everything in their right proportions. They put right things into perspective and are not envious of others. They attach importance to those things that give meaning to daily life, but they tend to focus more on others than themselves - Herman Van Rompuy, EU President (2011)

Better to be annoyingly positive than negative, destructive and hateful - unattributable

Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance - Vaclav Havel, Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician (1936 - 2011)

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde

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Elegance is an attitude
- Longines advert (2011)

Who will you compliment, appreciate or help today? - Sandra Abell @SandyAbell

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing each other - Alan Alda

Laughter is an instant vacation - Milton Berle

My guiding principles in life are to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and caring - Prince William at 21 (June 2003)

Sheer effort enables those with nothing to surpass those with privilege and position - Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Your past may influence, but does not completely define, the person you now are - 'Self-Esteem, An Inside Job' by Sandra Abell & Janice Napoleon

How about doing something unselfish today?
- unattributable

Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Dance is the language of the soul - Martha Graham

I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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These are really terribly rough times, and we really should try to be as nice to each other as possible - Lou Reed, rock musician (1942-2013)

Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian - Shari R Barr

Pretending to be happy when you're in pain is just an example of how strong you are as a person
- unattributable

The miracle of self esteem is it can change lives forever - Paul V Harris, survived burns to 85% of his body, @paulvharris

I dare you to become the person you were born to be - Paul V Harris, survived burns to 85% of his body, @paulvharris

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (the Mankind Project)

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art - Marjory Barslow-Greenbie

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction - Margaret Thatcher

If you are in the habit of creating suffering for yourself, then you are probably creating suffering for others too - Eckhart Tolle

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In modern life the motivation of an individual, of an organisation of a political party is just completely central in evaluating trust - Lord (Philip) Gould, New Labour strategist (30.3.1950 - 6.11.2011)

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important
- Janet Lane

In judging our progress as individuals we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one's social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education... But internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one's development as a human being. Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others - qualities which are within easy reach of every soul - are the foundation of one's spiritual life - Nelson Mandela, letter to Winnie Mandela (1 February 1975)

We do not achieve happiness or salvation in isolation from each other but as members of society - Margaret Thatcher

There is more to human life than comfort, entertainment and the avoidance of suffering - Clifford Longley, author, broadcaster and journalist

Remember that failure is an event, not a person - Zig Ziglar, American author, salesman, and motivational speaker (1926-2012)

When a man points a finger at someone else, he should remember that three of his fingers are pointing at himself - unknown

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You can't control the length of your life. You can control the depth - Billy Graham

A person starts to live when he can live outside himself - Albert Einstein

One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world - Malala Yousafzai, teenage activist, address to United Nations (July 2013)

If you make two people happy... one of them is probably you
- unattributable

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted - Ruth E. Renkl

Happiness gives us the energy which is the basis of health - Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition - Arthur Rubinstein, composer and pianist (1887 - 1982)

There is nothing you can't achieve if you help other people get what they want - Dave Carpenter, author, inspirational speaker

It is not happy people who are grateful. It is grateful people who are happy
- unattributable

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be - Abraham Lincoln

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People make you happy, not money - Rachel

Our motivations are both rational and emotional - Sally Uren, CEO, Forum for the Future (2013)

Money can buy happiness when you spend it on others - unattributable

You make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give
- unattributable

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed - Proverbs 11:25

Help others regardless of whether they can or will help you. Love all people without conditions. Don't question if they are worthy of your love. Cross oceans, climb mountains, go the extra mile to help others. Life and love is not about what you gain, it's about what you give.
- unattributable

Money won't make you happy... but everybody wants to find out for themselves - Zig Ziglar, American author, salesman, and motivational speaker (1926-2012)

The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything - unattributable

It's important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle - unattributable

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people
- Audrey Hepburn

I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it - Audrey Hepburn

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The happiest couples never have the same character. They have the best understanding of their differences - unattributable

Happy days are made by happy people. Happy people are made by choice - Sally Huss

A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears - Anne Roiphe

A child's smile reminds us that the greatest privilege in life is to know, help & enjoy the company of others - Phil Harding (2013)

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We all look more attractive to others when we're happy - unattributable

Getting some exercise and having a conversation with someone makes us happier - unknown

Influence is getting others to do what you want them to do because they want to do it - a take on Eisenhower's famous leadership statement - Phil Harding in "Motivate me, motivate you" available via

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing - Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

What other people do shouldn't affect you - we do things because of the kind of person we each want to be - George Marshall, author of 'Carbon Detox' (writing in the Metro newspaper, 9 January 2008)

There must be so much talent and imagination that goes unrecognised because people just don't see it - Liz Smith, actress, interview with Metro newspaper (27 March 2007)

Yes, I do touch. I believe that everyone needs that
- Diana, Princess of Wales

People need touch, caring, someone to listen and validate them, a purpose in life and connections - Sasha

Be kinder than necessary. Everyone you meet has some kind of problem you don't know about - unattributable

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible - Dalai Lama

Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticise, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try - Ernest Hemingway

Forgiveness is God's command - Martin Luther

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around - Leo Buscaglia

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There's so much that we need to share, send a smile and show you care - from the song 'Give A Little Bit' by Supertramp

Everything in life is about sharing; it is part of the human condition - Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it - Helen Keller, author, activist & lecturer (1880-1968)

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others - Cicero

Goodness is the only investment that never fails - Henry David Thoreau

Obtaining happiness is better than seeking pleasure - unattributable

I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls
- Audrey Hepburn

Happiness is an unexpected hug - unattributable

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action - Benjamin Disraeli

Let your intentions be good - embodied in good thoughts, cheerful words, and unselfish deeds - and the world will be to you a bright and happy place in which to work and play and serve - Grenville Kleiser, American author (1868-1953)

Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful - Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993), preacher and author of The Power of Positive Thinking

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Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important - T S Eliot

The spirit of envy can destroy. It can never build - Margaret Thatcher, 1975 Conservative Party Conference

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are
- unknown

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked - Pearl Buck

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree - Marian Wright Edelman

A person who talks about his inferiors, hasn't any - Hawaiian proverb

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I don't have time to hate people who hate me because I am too busy loving people who love me -

Folks never understand the folks they hate - James Russell Lovell (1862)

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1969)

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him - Booker T Washington

No longer talk at all about the kind of man that a good man ought to be, but be such - Emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121 - 180)

A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child - unknown

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice
- unknown

People who matter are most aware that everyone else does, too - Malcolm S Forbes

By seeing differently, we do differently - James Hillman

If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself - Norman Vincent Peale

We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced - Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani school girl shot in 2012 by Taliban terrorists for going to school (2013)

My goal is to get peace and my goal is to see education of every child - Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani school girl shot in 2012 by Taliban terrorists for going to school (2013)

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To teach is to touch lives forever - unattributable

By indulging in unfavourable views of mankind we make bad men believe that they are no worse than others, and we teach the good that they are good in vain - Walter Landor

If this world could only grasp the power of forgiveness. Being able to forgive someone breaks the cycle of bitterness and vengeance
- J. John, evangelist

Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1969)

Life is an adventure in forgiveness - Norman Cousins

The more a man knows, the more he forgives - Catherine the Great

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that does - Margaret Mead, Anthropologist

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools - Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1969)

If you are bitter, it will eat you up and do you much more damage than the people who have hurt you - Terry Waite, former hostage for 5 years in Beirut

One ought to be just before one is generous - Winston Churchill

There was a man, they called him mad. The more he gave, the more he had - John Bunyan

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Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them - Dalai Lama

A sense of concern for others gives our lives meaning; it is the root of all human happiness - Dalai Lama

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish
- Mother Teresa

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one - Mother Teresa

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person - Mother Teresa

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach - Winston Churchill

The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel - George Bernard Shaw

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people - George Bernard Shaw

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live - Irish proverb

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes - William Bennett

Dogs never bite me, only humans - Marilyn Monroe

Not all of us have to possess earth-shaking talent. Just common sense and love will do
- Myrtle Auvil

Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us - Earl Nightingale

Keep interested in others, keep interested in the wide and wonderful world. Then in a spiritual sense you will always be young - Fredric March

Beauty awakens the soul to act - Dante Alighieri

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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong - Gandhi

Forgiveness doesn't make the other person right, it makes you free - Stormie Omartian

The genius of life is to carry the spirit of childhood into old age - Aldous Huxley

I'm too old to do things by half - Lou Reed, rock musician (1942-2013)

Forget the health food. I need all the preservation I can get - unattributable

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience - Doug Larson

One victim lives in tragedy, another victim stops to stare, and still another walks on by pretending not to see - Bob Seger (No Man's Land)

One of the most difficult things is not to change society, but to change yourself
- Nelson Mandela

People don't resist change. They resist being changed - Peter M Senge

People whose main concern is their own happiness seldom find it - unknown

The pleasure of doing good is the only one that will not wear out - Chinese proverb

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He who works for his own interests will arouse much animosity - Confucius

We do not exist for ourselves - Thomas Merton

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation - Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer (1813-1887)

Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy - Chogyam Trungpa

I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill - Edward Appleton

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod - Winston Churchill

THINK before you speak. Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind?
- Alan Redpath, Mutual Encouragement Fellowship

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honour - Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer (1813-1887)

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking - H Jackson Brown (Jnr)

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands - Anne Frank

If happiness is your mode of travel, it will be your state on arrival - unattributable

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it - Jacques Prévert

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up - Mark Twain

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest - Mark Twain

I can live for two months on a good compliment - Mark Twain

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art
- Oscar Wilde

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There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge - Friedrich Nietzsche

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival - Dr W Edwards Deming, American management and total quality guru (1900 - 1993)

Watch your words and hold your tongue; you'll save yourself a lot of trouble - Proverbs 21:23 "The Message"

Take care of your thoughts when you are alone & take care of your words when you are with people - unattributable

A quiet tongue shows a wise head - Irish Proverb

The basic difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behaviour affect the rights and well being of others - Sharon Anthony Bower

People want to know how much you care before they care how much you know - Tom Hatcher, Victoria, British Columbia

Showing you care is better than saying you care - unattributable

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom - James Allen

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit
- Harry Truman

The cyclone derives its powers from a calm centre. So does a person - Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993), preacher and author of The Power of Positive Thinking

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He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver - Maya Angelou (American author)

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention - Oscar Wilde

He who is really kind, can never be unhappy - Confucius

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love - Lao Tzu

You can be strong, and you can be kind
- Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister (during COVID-19 pandemic, 2020)

Kindness is wisdom - Philip James Bailey, poet (1816-1902)

The highest form of wisdom is kindness - Linda Berman

Be humble, be big in mind and soul, be kindly; you will like yourself that way and so will other people - Norman Vincent Peale

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk - Cicero

The salutory effect of surviving a heart-attack: One felt that nothing mattered beyond kindness, good manners and humour - Hugh Massingberd, Obituaries Editor, Daily Telegraph (1986-94)

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it - Elliston

Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty - unknown

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you
- Diana, Princess of Wales

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A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self - Charles Dickens

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value - Albert Einstein

Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment - Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

To live is not just to survive, but to thrive with passion, compassion, some humour and style - Maya Angelou (American author)

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness - Napoleon Hill

Success in your life is not a single achievement. It's all that you do with others and for others - Phil Harding (1998)

I enjoy the company of other people. That's where I get most of my satisfaction from - Richard Branson

Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results - Dennis Wholey

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony - Thomas Merton

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine - Anthony J D'Angelo

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Be someone's reason to smile!

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness - William Arthur Ward

A smile is the cheapest way to improve your looks, even if you have crooked teeth - unattributable

A good face is a letter of recommendation - unattributable

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it - Emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121 - 180)

A gentle answer turns away wrath; but a harsh word stirs up anger - Proverbs 15:1

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty - Proverbs 16:32

Let's go hand in hand, not one before another - William Shakespeare (The Comedy of Errors)

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway - Henry Boye

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Risk ridicule - smile at strangers, talk to shop assistants - Global Directory

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day - H Jackson Brown (Jnr)

I'm not going to go around with a long face - that's a waste of time - Doris Day (Radio 4 'Today Programme' interview, 18 August 2011)

Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness - Publilius Syrus

The giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile? - Jean De La Bruyère

Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much - Erich Fromm

The people who will succeed fifteen years from now, the countries which will succeed, are those which are most based on a sustainable vision of the world. That is what we should be training people to do - Charles Clarke MP, March 2003

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed
- Napoleon Hill

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these - George Washington Carver

Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent - Eleanor Roosevelt

There are two types of people. Those we who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are" - Frederick L Collins

Let the efforts of us all, prove that he [Martin Luther King] was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold - Nelson Mandela (Nobel Peace Prize lecture, 1993)

Life is an endurance test, so why be ashamed of your age? - P K Shaw

At the end of the game the king and the pawn go back in the same box - Italian proverb

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The only thing more dangerous than ignorance is arrogance - Albert Einstein

What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give - P D James, author (1920-2014)

This is a place for ordinary human compassion of the kind that is reconciling - Richard Cartres, Bishop of London, addressing Margaret Thatcher's funeral (17.4.2013)

We are all so much more than what we have, than what we wear, and we are greater than our circumstances - Jill English, contemporary artist (2012)

The only person you should ever compare yourself to is the person you used to be - unattributable

It's ok to cry, it shows you care and feel the pain that makes you gentle and kind
- unattributable

Those who do not weep, do not see - Victor Hugo

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all - Alexander the Great (356 - 323 BC)

What we think, we become - Margaret Thatcher

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't - Margaret Thatcher

Being embarrassed means that you're human, and we like you better for it - Nick Morgan, communication coach

Environmental problems are really social problems anyway. They begin with people as the cause and end with people as the victims
- Sir Edmund Hilary

I do have a story, unlike any other story, for it is mine, I crafted it from my experiences. I lived it as one can only live their own life, if only I could capture it in my hands and pass it on to those not yet born and let them know who I am, the decisions I made and why I made them - Richard James, Managing Director, ViewU Productions

God gives the nuts but he does not crack them - German proverb

I would not wish to have died the person I was - Lord (Philip) Gould, New Labour strategist (30.3.1950 - 6.11.2011)

A man never likes you so well as when he leaves your company liking himself - unattributable

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves - Gandhi

You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible - Anton Chekhov

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If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work - Khalil Gibran

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet and natural philosopher (1749-1832)

The most important sex organ is... the brain - unknown

Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry - W B Yeats

One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered - Michael J Fox

Poverty is not natural; it is man-made
- Nelson Mandela (2005)

If you catch too many fish, the best place to store them is in another person's stomach - proverb

Freedom... leads those who have more than they need to share with those who have less - Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth (2013)

I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job. Because, he will find an easy way to do it - Bill Gates

The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law - Cicero

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other people - Aristotle

It is the weak who are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong - Leo Roskin

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up - Pablo Picasso

The way a young child sees the world is so refreshing compared to the complicated mess we make of it - unattributable

If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back - Mike Delevante, Businessman, Orlando, USA

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously - Peter Ustinov, actor, writer and raconteur (1921-2004)

You'll meet more angels on a winding path than on a straight one - unknown

Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth - N Eldon Tanner

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The love of art is part of what makes us human
- unknown

You cannot base your life on other people's expectations - Stevie Wonder

The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose - James Arthur Baldwin

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid - Albert Einstein

The less you talk, the more you're listened to - Abigail Van Buren

A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it - Edward Steichen (photographer and painter)

Faces are the most interesting things we see - David Hockney, artist

Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior - unknown

One life is worth no more or less than any other - Melinda Gates, philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates (2005)

In each life, no matter how it's lived, there is cause for fascination and often delight - Hugh Massingberd, Obituaries Editor, Daily Telegraph (1986-94)

Man is not interesting without some imperfection - Soichiro Honda

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Improving the quality of life for people of this country is perhaps the most important duty of Government - John Prescott

How much trouble he avoids who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only to what he does himself, that it may be just and pure - Emperor Marcus Aurelius (A.D. 121 - 180)

If you don't visit the bad neighbourhoods, the bad neighbourhoods are going to visit you - Thomas Friedman, global analyst for the New York Times

Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light
- Groucho Marx

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity - Albert Einstein

The upward course of a nation's history is due in the long run to the soundness of heart of its average men and women - Queen Elizabeth II

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another - Marva Collins

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants - John Gardner

At its best, schooling can be about how to make a life, which is quite different from how to make a living - Neil Postman, American author

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You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once - Polish Proverb

When an old person dies, a whole library dies, because everything was written in his mind - West African proverb

Our lives are inextricably linked by the common thread of humanity. If we break it, we are all undone - unknown

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive - Gandhi

A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people - Gandhi

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to improve the world - Anne Frank

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity - World Health Organisation constitution, 1946

Hygiene is two thirds of health - Lebanese Proverb

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The next time you feel like complaining, remember that your garbage disposal probably eats better than 30 percent of the people in the world
- Robert Orben

Health is better than wealth - proverb

Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will remember - Chinese proverb

I didn't want my child to grow up with hatred because hatred brings hatred - Alice Herz-Sommer (1903-2014), pianist and Theresienstadt concentration camp holocaust survivor, The Guardian (13 December 2006)

English people are so polite, and this politeness is not superficial. The English respect each other more than others. They are cheerful and helpful and I admire their humour. English humour is not laughing, it is distance. They observe life and always stay stoic - Alice Herz-Sommer (1903-2014), pianist and Theresienstadt concentration camp holocaust survivor, The Guardian (13 December 2006)

Why are the poor poor? Better to ask "Why are the rich rich?"
- unattributable

If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble - Bob Hope

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws - Plato

Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age? - Erich Fromm

The rich would have to eat money if the poor did not provide food - Russian proverb

Everyone experiences life differently and that helps make each of us unique and of equal value
- unattributable

Look at the peacock; it's beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth. Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them - Pope Francis I

I'm not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying - Nelson Mandela

The sickness of the individual is ultimately caused by and sustained by the sickness of his civilization - Herbert Marcuse

Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind - Charles L. Lucas


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