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The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser — in case you thought optimism was dead.
An optimist is the human personification of spring.
Susan J. Bissonette
Optimism is the foundation of courage.
Nicholas Murray Butler
If an optimist had his left arm chewed off by an alligator, he might say, in a pleasant and hopeful voice, “Well, this isn’t too bad. I don’t have my left arm anymore, but at least nobody will ever ask me whether I am right-handed or left-handed,” but most of us would say something more along the lines of “Aaaaah! My arm! My arm!”
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Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.
The handwriting on the wall means the grandchildren found the crayons.
Life lesson from the nursery: Broken crayons can still color.
Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air — explode softly — and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth — boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either — not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.
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It has been left to our generation to discover that you can move heaven and earth to save five minutes and then not have the faintest idea what to do with them when you have saved them.
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
And to this day I wish I had lingered a week or so…. But we stupid mortals, or most of us, are always in haste to reach somewhere else, forgetting that the zest is in the journey and not in the destination.
Ralph D. Paine
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
St Francis de Sales
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It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.
A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying… that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them.
Andrew V. Mason
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To lose one’s self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.
Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in reverie.
Henry David Thoreau
I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.
Don’t quit your daydream.
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Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Attributed to Howard Thurman
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Jean de la Fontaine
It is with our passions as it is with fire and water; they are good servants, but bad masters.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
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Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?
Ride the energy of your own unique spirit.
The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
It’s wonderful when you can bring sparkle into people’s lives without fading away from your own true color. Keep the hue in you.