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To laugh often and much: To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night of the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. - William Shakespeare

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable. - Goethe

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an Honest Man. - George Washington

Just as life is an end in itself, so every living human being is an end in himself, not the means to the ends or the welfare of others - and, therefore, man must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. - Ayn Rand

We cannot fight against anything, unless we fight for something -- and what we must fight for is the supremacy of reason, and a view of man as a rational being. - Ayn Rand

I have four things to learn in life: to think clearly without hurry or confusion; to love everybody sincerely; to act in everything with the highest motives; to trust in God unhesitatingly. - Albert Schweitzer

It is in the everyday and the commonplace that we learn patience, acceptance, and contentment. - Richard J. Foster

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character. - Henry Clay

No virtue is more universally accepted as a test of good character than trustworthiness.  - Harry Emerson Fosdick

There is precious instruction to be got by finding we were wrong. Let a man try faithfully, manfully, to be right; he will grow daily more and more right. - Thomas Carlyle

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth... But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven... For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - The Bible, Matthew 6:19-21 NIV

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world... as in being able to remake ourselves. - Mahatma Gandhi

Our first and last love is - self-love. - Bovee

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life happiness, freedom and peace of mind - are always attained by giving them to someone else. - Peyton Conway March

Our heritage and ideals, our codes and standards - the things we live by and teach our children - are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings. - Walt Disney

All you have shall some day be given; therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors. - Kahlil Gibran

The purpose of human life is to show compassion and the will to help others. - Albert Schweitzer

What matters is not that you have lied to me. What matters is that now I can no longer believe anything you say.  - Friedrich Nietzche

If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If now now, when? - Rabbi Hillel

The person I miss most is the one I could have been. - George Bernard Shaw

Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap character. Sow character and you reap destiny.  - Charles Reade

An honor system, properly conceived, is not the concrete representation of the wills of a collection of saints - our honest nature writ large. If it were, it would be nothing else than a bizarre superfluity. It is instead the proclamation and legislation of the intentions of a community of persons united in mutual agreement to oppose those inclinations and strategies that they otherwise might give in to and adopt to further their individual ends. The members of groups that create honor systems say: We are, all of us, liars, cheaters, theives, - but we want to live another way. We think we can, with others 'help.' (from Rethinking Honor. J. Thought. 17 (1982):3-6) - D. Heim

The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find. - Unknown Author

I do it because I can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't. - Author Unknown