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A weed

Once in a golden hour
I cast to earth a seed.
Up there came a flower,
The people said, a weed.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man... It is more powerful than external circumstances.

An infinity of choices
You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.
Deepak Chopra

Answer nothing
Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.

Avoiding criticism
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

Be content
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
Lao Tzu

Be one
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
Marcus Aurelius

Born with wings
You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?

Depressed, anxious or at peace?
If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
Lao Tzu

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
Marcus Aurelius

Don't knock yourself
No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don't knock your friends. Don't knock your enemies. Don't knock yourself.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Our greatest evils flow from ourselves.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Everything in excess is opposed to nature.

Fighting and persisting
Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.
Eckhart Tolle

Fortune truly helps those who are of good judgment.

Go confidently
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

Good actions
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.

Have few desires
Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.
Lao Tzu

How to begin each day
Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil.
Marcus Aurelius

How you made them feel
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

Human behavior
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.

If you...
If you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don't lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.
If you die without loss, you are eternal.
Lao Tzu

In a storm
You learn to know a pilot in a storm.

In yourself
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
Aldous Huxley

Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

It is good for you
Do not consider painful what is good for you.

Just a tool
A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.

Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
Lao Tzu

Knowing little
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Letting things go
Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.
Eckhart Tolle

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
Bruce Lee

Make the NOW the primary focus
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
Eckhart Tolle

More than is necessary
A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.

No extra pieces in the universe
There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.
Deepak Chopra

Part of all
I am a part of all that I have met.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Simplicity, patience, compassion
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
Lao Tzu

Stop thinking
Stop thinking, and end your problems.
Lao Tzu

That scares you
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The color of its thoughts
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
Marcus Aurelius

The highest levels of performance
The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective - people who know to see a problem as an opportunity.
Deepak Chopra

The mind
The mind is everything. What you think you become.

The person you decide to be
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The shrift
We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.

The two most important days
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
Mark Twain

Their prisoner
Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
Lao Tzu

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

Trying all things
I try all things, I achieve what I can.
Herman Melville

Twice armed
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.

Two roads
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

Without a plan
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Antoine de Saint-Exupry

Without a sense of identity
Without a sense of identity, there can be no real struggle.
Paulo Freire

Yet everything is accomplished
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Lao Tzu

You know what you want
At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.
Lao Tzu

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