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Once you have been confronted with a life-and-death situation, trivia no longer matter. Your perspective grows and you live at a deeper level. There's no time for pettiness.

- Margaretta Rockefeller

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Anybody can become angry - that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.

- Aristotle

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All of the animals except man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.

- Samuel Butler (novelist)

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.

- William Hazlitt

Whoever spurns what is short has not trodden on a scorpion.

- African Proverb

Most novices picture themselves as masters - and are content with the picture. This is why there are so few masters.

- Jean Toomer

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Loving a child doesn't mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.

- Nadia Boulanger

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Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.

- Samuel Johnson

Nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished.

- Sir Francis Bacon

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There's always room for improvement, you know - it's the biggest room in the house.

- Louise Heath Leber

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