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“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

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“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and them anyway.“ - Mother Teresa #MindBendingSunday

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“They say it's better to bury your sadness in a graveyard or garden that waits for the spring to wake from its sleep and burst into green.” - Conor Oberst

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“The greatest temptation you will ever have in your life is to give up on what you truly want because it seemed too difficult to have. If you put your loyalty into anything, put it into believing in yourself.” - Shannon L. Alder

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“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” - Henry Ford

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“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” - Sophia Loren

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“Take the challenge of your life. Reach out to your goals. There is no limit to what you can achieve.” - Lailah Gifty Akita

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“You see what you choose to see, because all perception is a choice. And when you cease to impose your meanings on what you see, your spiritual eyes will open, and you will see a world free of judgment and shining in its endless beauty.” - Paul Ferrini #MindBendingSunday

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“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” - Lao Tzu

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“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.” - Alexandre Dumas

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“If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.” - Alan Watts

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“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” - Marcus Aurelius

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“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place. Primary reality is within; secondary reality without.” - Eckhart Tolle #MindBendingSunday

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“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.” - Paulo Coelho

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“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.” - John O'Donohue

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