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declaration of independence

Many of us have memories of inspirational words or wise sayings we've heard from our grandparents or a close friend, but beautiful words of wisdom can be found all around us.

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Declaration of Independence -
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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A wise old owl sat on an oak. The more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard. Why can't we be more like that old bird?
Theodore Roosevelt -       [motivational]     [Theodore Roosevelt feature page]
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better . . .    (continued)
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Confucius       [motivational]     [character education]
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Socrates       [philosophers]     [success]
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Mother Teresa       [families]     [inspirational stories/poems]
We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
Maya Angelou       [character education]     [view or shop for Maya Angelou books]
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
Herb Caen       [positive thinking]     [funny]
A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.
John Capozzi       [success]     [sayings/idioms/cliches]
The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of meeting the schedule has been forgotten.
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Lord Chesterfield       [law of attraction]     [inspirational]
In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it, thou art a fool.
Stephen Covey       [character education]     [Stephen Covey feature page]
We are free to choose our actions, but we are not free to choose the consequences of those actions. In choosing our response to circumstances, we powerfully affect our circumstances. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.
T S Eliot       [self improvement]     [view or shop for T S Eliot books]
We shall never cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.
Lou Holtz       [sports]     [view or shop for Lou Holtz books]
You never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.
Helen Keller       [Helen Keller feature page]     [motivational]
Some people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
C S Lewis       [law of attraction]     [inspirational stories/poems]
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end, if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
Reinhold Niebuhr -       [christian/spiritual]     [character education]
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
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