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Failure is the foundation of truth. It teaches us what isn't true, and that is a great beginning. To fear failure is to fear the possibility of truth.
- Joan Chittister
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press On" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
- Calvin Coolidge
What you really have to do, if you want to be creative, is to unlearn all the teasing and censoring that you've experienced throughout your life. If you are truly a creative person, you know that feeling insecure and lonely is par for the course. You can't have it both ways: You can't be creative and conform, too. You have to recognize that what makes you different also makes you creative.
- Arno Penzias
He that can have patience can have what he will. 
- Benjamin Franklin
Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light somewhere nearby.
- Ruth E. Renkee
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
- Benjamin Franklin
Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn’t original sin. He’s born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it’s a tragedy. A lot of people don’t have the courage to do it. 
 - Helen Hayes
Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. 
- Mark Twain
You will only be remembered for two things: the problems you solve or the ones you create.
- Mike Murdock
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that ‘achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.’ - Helen Hayes
The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. - Robert Cromier
The sun is but a morning star.- Henry David Thoreau
If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
- Betty Reese
Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid enough money not to quit.
- George Carlin
Some critics will write "Maya Angelou is a natural writer"--which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
- Maya Angelou
A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned.
- Benjamin Franklin
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
– Sally Berger
Never ruin a good apology with an excuse.
- Benjamin Franklin

We relish news of our heroes, Forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.
- Helen Hayes
Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent. 
- J. Krishnamurti
Never give up, and luck will find you.
- Falkor (from NeverEnding Story)
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.- Abraham Lincoln
If people are kicking you in the behind, at least you're in front of them.
- Billy Graham
Your life is not going to be easy, and it should not be easy. It ought to be hard. It ought to be radical; it ought to be restless; it ought to lead you to places you'd rather not go.
- Henri Nouwen
Some days you're the pigeon; some days you're the statue.- Roger Anderson
It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an Airport' appear. 
- Douglas Adams
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Berthold Auerbach
Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt. 
 - Bergen
Thou canst not touch the freedom of my mind. 
-John Milton
Dude, sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.
- Jake the Dog from the animated series 'Adventure Time'
The expert at anything was once a beginner.
- Helen Hayes

The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before. 
- Albert Einstein.
Of course truth is stranger than fiction; after all, good fiction must make sense.
- Samuel Clemens
Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
- T.S. Eliot
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
- Solomon Short
Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.
- Augustine Birrel
You see things and say 'Why?'; but I dream things that never were and I say 'Why not?'
- G. B. Shaw
When you take stuff from one writer, it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research.
- Wilson Mizner
Any fool can write, but it takes wisdom to know how to erase.
- Rabbi Israel Salanter