THOUGHT PROVOKING QUOTES

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One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made them. – Georg Christoph Lichtenber
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Compassion is the chief law of human existence. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends. – Jacques Delille (1738-1813) French Poet
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Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. – Jasamyn West
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I would rather be vaguely right than precisely wrong. – Keynes
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We become what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is NOT an act but a habit! – Aristotle
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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival. – C.S.Lewis
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It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know to be true. – Sara E. Anderson
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If you could kick the person responsible for most of your troubles, you would not be able to sit down for six months. – Unknown
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Success doesn’t come to you … you go to it. – Marva Collins, African American educator
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Tell me what company thou keepst, and I’ll tell thee what thou art. – Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist.
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Two basic rules of life are these: (1) change is inevitable and (2) everybody resists change. The only person who likes change is a wet baby. -Roy Blitzer educator
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Nothing great has ever been accomplished without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer (b. 1803)
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Failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. – B F. Skinner, American psychologist (b. 1904)
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No one knows what he can do till he tries . – Publilius Syrus, Roman writer (b. c100 BC)
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Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream. – W. C. Fields, American comic actor (b. 1880)
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To believe a thing is impossible is to make it so. – French proverb
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Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
– Voltaire, French author (b. 1694)
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Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. – Malcom S. Forbes in Forbes
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Like water, the sage should wait for the moment to ripen and be right: water, you know, never fights — it flows around without harm.” (The Illustrated Tao Te Ching)
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You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. – Colette
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“Everyone has a purpose in life … a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.” – pg. 93, “The Law of Dharma”
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A man can be destroyed but not defeated. – Ernest Hemingway, American writer (b. 1899)
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Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. – Ella Fitzgerald, American singer (b. 1918)
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The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that the warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse. – Don Juan “Tales of Power”
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An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. – Unknown
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The capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest meaning and significance. – Pablo Casals
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“Nobody can be in good health if he does not have all the time fresh air, sunshine, and good water.” – Chief Flying Hawk
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Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live, taking the form of readiness to die. – G.K. Chesterton
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Everybody need beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” John Muir
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The best use of life is to invest it in something which will out last life. – William James
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“Life is what we make of it. Whether we conceive of an inner god force or an other, outer God, doesn’t matter. Relying on that force does.” – Julia Cameron
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Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. – Albert Einstein
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“Creativity is the ground of any well-lived life. We all create our lives by the choices that are available to us about the ways we live them, no matter how circumscribed those choices might be.” — Carol S. Pearson, _Awakening the Heroes Within_
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In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right
thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. – Theodore Roosevelt
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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for
complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. Dalai Lama
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The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create. Leonard I. Sweet
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“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” — Rachel Carson
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“choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dali Lama
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“The Farmer may only be planting a seed, but if he opens his eyes he is feeding the whole world.” — Omaha Bee
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“People know what they do; and sometimes they know why they do it. But what they don’t know is what what they do does.” — M. Foucault
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Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. – Rumi
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Only a mediocre person is always at his best. – Somerset Maughan
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“Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional” – unknown
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“People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.” – Somerset Maughan
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“Creativity is … seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.” — Michele Shea (From _The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron)
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A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. – Harry Truman, American President (b. 1884)
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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” – Satchel Paige
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“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” –Pablo Picasso
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“Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.” -James Russel Lowell
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Vision without action is only a dream. Action without vision is wasting time. Vision and Action can change the world!
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“We don’t know yet about life, how can we know about death”–confucious
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“If moral behavior were simply following rules, we could program a computer to be moral.” –Samuel P. Ginder
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“The thoughts of Youth are long, long thoughts”-Henry Wadsworth longfellow
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“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits”–Eden Phillpots
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“The artist finds a greater pleasure in painting than in having a completed picture” –Seneca
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Watch your thoughts; they become words,
Watch your words; they become actions,
Watch your actions; they become habits,
Watch your habits; they become character,
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
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We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.
–Charles Franklin Kettering
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Risk more than others think is safe.
Care more than others think is wise.
Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
– Cadet maxim
U.S. Military Academy, West Point
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A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.— Phyllis Diller
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The man who never makes a mistake must get tired of doing nothing.~ Will Rogers
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You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
–Sam Leveneson
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The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.– Shirley Maclaine
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Worse than being blind would be to be able to see but not have any vision.
— Helen Keller
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We are what we repeatedly do, excellence is therefore not an act but a habit.
Aristotle
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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Eliot
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The future has arrived; it’s just not evenly distributed.–William Gibson
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A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.
— Harvey Mackay
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In today’s economy there are no experts, no ‘best and brightest’ with all the answers. It’s up to each one of us. The only way to screw up is to not try anything.
–Tom Peters
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If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain.
If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees.
If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.
Old Chinese Proverb
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If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.
Jonathan Winters
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The time is always right to do what is right.
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
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People are like teabags. You’ll never know how strong they are until they’re in hot water.
— Rita Mae Brown, author
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A man’s mind, stretched by a new idea, can never go back to its original dimension.– Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
–Henry Van Dyke
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Charismatic leaders make us think,
“Oh, if only I could do that, be like that.”
True leaders make us think,
“If they can do that, then…I can too.”
— John Holt, educator
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Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
–Jawaharial Nehru
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One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.
Jack Penn
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Success is getting what you want.
Happiness is liking what you get.
H. Jackson Brown
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Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.
–Vince Lombardi
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It’s better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.
Marilyn Kennedy
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Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery,
today is God’s gift,
that’s why we call it the present.
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In today’s economy there are no experts, no ‘best and brightest’ with all the answers. It’s up to each one of us. The only way to screw up is to not try anything.
Meiji Stewart
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Making mistakes simply means you are learning faster.
Weston H. Agor
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The most painful thing to experience is not defeat but regret.
Leo Buscaglia
(American Expert on Love, Lecturer, Author)
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The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard
(1859-1915, American Author, Publisher)
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What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
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The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.Bill Beattie
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There’s little success where there’s little laughter.
Andrew Carnegie
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Whether You Think You Can or Can’t, You’re Right.
Henry Ford
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The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it. –Colin Wilson
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The thing you set your mind on is the thing you ultimately become.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
–Thomas Edison
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The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.
Anon
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I’m a great believer in luck,
and I find the harder I work…
the more I have of it
Thomas Jefferson
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Be ready when opportunity comes.
Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.
Roy D. Chapin J
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To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.Leonard Bernstein
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Everyone is ignorant,
only on different subjects.–Will Rogers
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If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have found a piece of the world that G-d has left for you to complete. But if you one see what is wrong and how ugly it is, then it is yourself that needs repair.
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Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
–Muhammad Ali
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Why we are here
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
–Winston Churchill
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It is funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it.
–W. Somerset Maugham
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Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
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Dealing with Others
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
–Abraham Lincoln
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640K ought to be enough for anybody.
–Bill Gates, in 1981
Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.
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There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
–Ken Olson, President, Chairman and Founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
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On the Future of Computers
I think there is a world market for may be five computers…
–Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943
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“It’s so easy, To think about Love, To Talk about Love, To wish for Love, But it’s not always easy, To recognize Love, Even when we hold it…. In our hands.”
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Never, ever burn bridges you’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross
the same river!!
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My boyfriend used to ask his mother,” How can I find the right women for me? And she would answer, don’t worry about finding the right women –concentrate on becoming the right man.
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We do not quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.
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I WANT TO FALL FOR YOU BUT IM NOT SURE YOU WILL CATCH ME?
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Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.
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Where there’s a will, there are five hundred relatives.
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If you can’t see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
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I like work. It fascinates me. I sit and look at it for hours.
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Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.
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They say hard work never hurts anybody, but why take the chance.
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Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.
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Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
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Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.
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When you’re right, no one remembers. When you’re wrong, no one forgets.
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Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference.
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An consultant is someone who takes a subject you understand and makes it sound confusing.
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There are three sides to any argument: your side, my side and the right side.
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Death is hereditary.
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Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need more.(Friend or Money !)
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Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
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I poured Spot remover on my dog. Now he’s gone.
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Join The Army, Visit exotic places, meet strange people, then kill them.
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You know the speed of light, so what’s the speed of dark?
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Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.
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When I’m not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.
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Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.
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If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
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For Sale: Parachute. Only used once, never opened, small stain.

Do you have trouble making up your mind? Well, yes or no?
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Always forgive your enemies – Nothing annoys them so much.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.
I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

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