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Rely on the strength and understanding that you possess. Each of us has more of it in us that we can imagine possible. Have the courage to forgive. -Anon.

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. –Alan Alda

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Right now, this moment, is the time to celebrate by dancing beneath the warmth of the sun. –Gary Barnes

When driving—in our cars, we may spend 95% of our time going straight, but it’s the turns that determine where we end up. –Anonymous

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Happiness consists not in having, but of being, not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself. –Norman Vincent Peale

When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them. –Andy Warhol

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Questioner – I want happiness.
Spiritual Teacher – First remove “I”, that is ego.
Then remove “want”, that is desire.
All that remains is happiness.

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That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen. –Charles Bukowski

Recovery is the ability to navigate through life without losing your sense of Grace –Mark Ludholm

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What matters is what’s in our hearts. “The reason angels can fly is that they take themselves so lightly,” –G. K. Chesterton

Once you stop taking yourself so seriously and let go of the gravity of all that you do, you can learn to fly, too. God, help me lighten up. –Melody Beattie

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Sometimes when I think I am having a bad day, I am really learning a hard lesson, cheap. And sometimes, when I think I am having a good day, I am really in trouble and just haven’t recognized it yet. I’m really no judge at all of what kind of day I’m having. –Grapevine: Brentwood, Tennessee, April 1991

A happy person
is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. –Scottish Proverb

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My sponsor pointed out that now that I’ve been around the program for a while there is no denial . . . there is only refusal. –Anonymous

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. –Dave J.

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The most important thing AA has given me is the chance to get to know someone I never knew — myself. –Grapevine: Calgary, Alberta, December 1994

When it’s night time and you can’t sleep, listen closely. It’s God saying: Let’s talk now, while you have the time. May you be blessed with sleepy conversations and peaceful sleep. –Prayables

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Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another. –Arthur Christopher Benson

It’s easy to feel grateful when we receive a raise, meet the love of our life or watch our children succeed, but spiritual gratitude is not circumstantial. It arises from a true knowing that God is our Source. We can feel thankful for every day, even in the middle of life’s challenges. –Mary Manin Morrissey

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Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lies all
The realities and verities of existence,
The bliss of growth,
The splendor of action,
The glory of power.
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day. –Sanskrit Proverb

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Miracles are instantaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them. –Katherine Anne Porter

I have found
that in every challenge and obstacle that we are faced with, there *can* be good that can come from it! While it’s almost never easy to identify, I assure you that it is there lying dormant just waiting for us to release it! I urge everyone to spend your days looking for positives in your life. –Josh Hinds

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As you learn to consciously observe the transformation process, you will watch yourself repeating a lot of old patterns long after you seemingly know better. Spiritually and intellectually, you realize there is another way, but emotionally you are still clinging to the old habits. This is a difficult time. Try to be patient and compassionate with yourself. When you recognize the futility of an old pattern so clearly, it’s about to change! A short time later, you will suddenly begin to respond differently, in a more positive way. –Shakti Gawain

The road to hell
is paved with good intentions! When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. –David H.

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We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbors that all his pictures are crooked. –Fulton J. Sheen

Maybe the reason nothing seems to be ‘fixing you’ is because you’re not broken. Let today be the day you stop living within the confines of how others define or judge you. You have a unique beauty and purpose; live accordingly. –Steve Maraboli

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Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. –Brian Tracy

By helping to insure the sobriety of others to come, we insure our own sobriety today. –Grapevine: Rochester, New York, October 1987

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The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy. –Prayables

The AA message does not carry itself; somebody must carry it. –Grapevine: Jackson, Mississippi, November 1964

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The total amount of happiness that exists in the world has come from wanting to make others happy. The total amount of suffering that exists in the world has come from Wanting to make yourself happy. –Shanti deva

I am responsible for reporting for duty and making the effort to overcome adversity, and in so doing to overcome myself. –Grapevine: Van Nuys, California, November 1966

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Life is travel — enjoy the journey, bumpy roads and all. –Grapevine: New York, New York, May 1977

I try to accept reality instead of trying to control it. When I make that adjustment, the struggle ends. –Grapevine: El Granada, California, March 2003

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Of all our human resources, the most precious is the desire to improve. –Anon

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it. –Rita Mae Brown

A good laugh is sunshine in a house. –William Makepeace Thackeray

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When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself. –Oswald Chambers

Example
is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. –Albert Schweitzer

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You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens. –Mandy Hale

When we dwell on the problem, it gets bigger. When we dwell on the solution, it gets bigger. –Anon.

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Deep, abiding joy is available to anyone who learns the secret of pursuing every task with energy and dedication, as though it were a calling. –Thomas Kinkade

As long as you’re recreating yourself, why not start by simply being GLAD! to be alive? –LumpySez

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Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. –Art Linkletter

We can’t solve our problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. –Albert Einstein

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The word powerless … described my situation with alcohol perfectly and completely. My life was more than unmanageable, it was illegal. –Grapevine: Gainesville, Florida, September 1994

God does not further our spiritual life in spite of our circumstances, but in and by our circumstances. –Oswald Chambers

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We should always choose our books as God chooses our friends, just a bit beyond us, so that we have to do our level best to keep up with them. –Oswald Chambers

It is opinions of our own which make us stupid; when we are simple we are never stupid, we discern all the time. –Oswald Chambers

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Your mind is an encyclopaedia of your lessons in life. Expand it by making memories with loved ones, reading a good book, or just by doing something positive rather than negative. –Anon

Burden is lightened by the sense of companionship with God. Never disassociate yourself from the burden. –Oswald chambers

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The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over and over again, but expecting a different result. –Albert Einstein

Only God
can make us whole. –Barbara Haynes

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Deep, abiding joy is available to anyone who learns the secret of pursuing every task with energy and dedication, as though it were a calling. –Thomas Kinkade

Sponsorship
is a bridge to trusting the human race, the very race we once resigned from. In learning to trust,  –Grapevine; Grand Island, Nebraska, February 1984,
Nothing improves if you drink. –Grapevine: El Granada, California, March 2003

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I’m uncomfortable with perfect. I don’t trust people who don’t have mental breakdowns on a regular basis. –Sam Meier (Serenity Sam)

As I trudge the Road of Happy Destiny, AA holds my left hand, God holds my right, and I have no hands left to pick up a drink!. –Grapevine: Albuquerque, New Mexico, January 2002

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It is not what a man does that is of final importance, but what he is in what he does. The atmosphere produced by a man, much more than his activities, has the lasting influence. –Oswald Chambers

Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear the path. May you be blessed to find your way out of turmoil and into the calm. –Prayables

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Give up waiting as a state of mind. When you catch yourself slipping into waiting…snap out of it. Come into the present moment. Just be, and enjoy being. If you are present, there is never any need for you to wait for anything. So next time somebody says, Sorry to have kept you waiting, you can reply, That’s all right, I wasn’t waiting. I was just standing here enjoying myself – in joy with my self. –Eckhart Tolle

I learned … that I was a sick man emotionally and physically. As every AA today knows, this knowledge can be an enormous relief. I no longer needed to consider myself essentially a fool or a weakling. –Grapevine: Bill W., July 1960,

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We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. –Thomas Merton

Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release. –Anonymous

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. –George Bernard Shaw

The word ‘alcoholic’ does not turn me off anymore; in fact, it is music to my ears when it applies to me. –Grapevine, July 1975

There is no condition of life in which we cannot abide in Jesus. We have to learn to abide in Him wherever we are placed. –Oswald Chambers

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Sometimes you don’t realize the weight of something you’ve been carrying until you feel the weight of its release. –Anonymous

A person desperately searching for God is like a fish desperately searching for water. –Unknown

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Evil comes from being in disharmony with God and good comes from being in harmony with Him. –24 Hours

When something
seems too difficult, dare to do it anyway. God is blessing you with an opportunity. –Prayables

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My drunkalog can be summed up very simply . . .  “Nothing went the way I planned.” –unknown

You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. –Anonymous

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Avoid announcing any verdict on the life of faith if you are not living it. –Oswald Chambers
The compulsion among most of us to survive and to grow soon becomes far stronger than the temptation to drink, or to misbehave. Literally, we must ‘do or die.’ So we make the choice to live. –Bill W/Language of the Heart

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Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. –Barbara Johnson

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. –Jim Rohn

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Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. –Eileen Caddy

Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give. –Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. –Horace

It was
pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. –Saint Augustine

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When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. –Viktor Frankl

Discipleship is based on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on adherence to a belief or a creed. –Oswald Chambers

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You’re not here to survive, you’re here to thrive, prosper, flourish and grow. You’re here to make a difference, add value and make our world a better place. Be all you can be, give all you can and have an awesome time doing it! –Ricardo Housham

Oh Lord, may I be directed what to do and what to leave alone. –Elizabeth Fry

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The thoughts we carry in our minds determine whether our tasks are fun or not. Our thoughts determine our successes. In this way, our lives are in our own hands. –Today’s Gift

Learn to pause … or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you. –Doug King

Action
may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action. –Benjamin Disraeli

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God grant that AA may ever stay simple. –Grapevine: Dr. Bob, September 1948

When the pain of the pain in great enough then the pain of the change is not that scary –Paul E.

Don’t ever slam a door; you might want to go back. –Don Herold

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Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. That is all God promises His children. Our personal property and possessions are a matter of indifference. –Oswald Chambers

Few situations… no matter how greatly they appear to demand it… can be bettered by us going berserk. –Melody Beattie

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Do what you know you must do, now, and do it quickly; if you do not, the inevitable process will begin to work and you will have to pay to the last farthing in pain and agony and distress. – God’s laws are unalterable; there is no escape from them. –Oswald Chambers

Tolerance is the art of seeing yourself as others see you — and not getting mad about it –Grapevine

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We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has apprehended us. –Oswald Chambers

Pray for those who can’t, who don’t, who won’t pray for themselves. –Unknown

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Worrying is praying for things you don’t want. –Anonymous

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. –Arthur Rubenstein

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Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. –Jay McCloy

Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. –George Herbert

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Believe and the healing will come. –Gary Barnes

The mind reasons. The heart knows. –Anon

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Each of us is a unique expression of God’s beauty. –Jane F. Maxwell

The only person you can ever be better than is the person you were yesterday. –Anon

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Small acts of kindness make lasting memories. –Anon

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all. –Oliver Wendell Homes

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The measure of my sobriety isn’t the distance between now and the last drink — the measure of my sobriety is the distance between now and the next drink. –Grapevine: White Rock, British Columbia, May 2005

Joy isn’t the absence of pain – it’s the presence of God. –Anon

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The Traditions keep my personal program of recovery, simple, well-balanced, and healthy. –Grapevine: Fanwood N.J., January 1991

Each day is a new life. Seize it. Live it. –David Guy Powers

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If I am in pain, it may be beneficial to me if I am aware of those in even more pain … The answer for my pain is in the Twelfth Step. –Grapevine: New York, New York, October 2006

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. –Confucius

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Judgment is the constant evaluation of things as right or wrong, good or bad. When you are constantly evaluating, classifying, labeling, analyzing, you create a lot of turbulence in your internal dialogue. Non-judgment creates silence in your mind. –Deepak Chopra

Never give up ten minutes before the miracle. –Anonymous

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Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. –Henri Frederic Amiel

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. –Henry Ford

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Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. –Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

Invest the first hour of the day, the ‘Golden Hour,’ in yourself. –Brian Tracy

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When you run alone in life it’s a grueling race. When you run with God you run with grace. –Prayables

Pray not for lighter burdens but for stronger backs. –Theodore Roosevelt

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You no more need a holiday from spiritual concentration than your heart needs a holiday from beating. –Oswald Chambers

The easiest way to save face is to keep the lower half shut. –Anon

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The root of faith is the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest snares is the idea that God is sure to lead us to success. –Oswald Chambers

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. –Anonymous

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Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands… you choose them as your guides, and following them. you will reach your destiny. –Carl Schurz

We are called to unity, not uniformity. –Grapevine

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God, help me be so clear on who I am that I can generously afford to let other people be who they are, too. Help me to set aside my defensive behavior, and teach me to blend with other people and see their point of view while not relinquishing my own. –Melody Beattie

We should take a lighter view of things and bear them with an easy spirit, for it is more human to laugh at life than to lament it. –Seneca

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If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who’s now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that’s what it’s all about after all . . . –Anonymous

You’re never too old to grow up. –Shirley Conran

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I used to think that having a pint was the only way to have fun; now I know that, for me, it’s the only way to destroy the fun that I’m having! –Grapevine: Toronto, Ontario, August 2003

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. –Socrates

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We are called to unity, not uniformity. Grapevine: Oak Harbor, Washington, January 1984

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. –Margaret Fuller

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I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. –Arthur Rubenstein

Character determines how a man interprets God’s will –Oswald Chambers

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If I am in pain, it may be beneficial to me if I am aware of those in even more pain … The answer for my pain is in the Twelfth Step. –Grapevine:  New York, New York, October 2006

Today let me understand that faith makes fear manageable. –Our Best Days

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Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. –Nathaniel Hawthorne

You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind. –Irish Proverb

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Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope. –Corazon Aquino

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. –Marcus Aurelius

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A.A. works because it gets a person away from himself as the center of the universe and it teaches him to rely more on the fellowship of others and on strength from God. –24 Hours

He who conceals his disease cannot expect to be cured. –Ethiopian Proverb

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Everything that happens to us is to be turned into something better than teaching, viz. into character. We shall find that the spheres God brings us into are not meant to teach us something but to make us something. –Oswald Chambers

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. –Mark Twain

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Happiness is intrinsic, it’s an internal thing. When you build it into yourself, no external circumstances can take it away. That kind of happiness is a twenty-four-hour thing. –Leo F. Buscaglia

Free man is by necessity insecure; thinking man by necessity uncertain. –Erich Fromm

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The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. –David Russell

Patience is needed with everyone, but first of all with ourselves. –St. Francis de Sales

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For happiness brings happiness and loving ways bring love; and Giving is the treasure that contentment is made of. –Amanda Bradley

The will of God will never take you to where the grace of God will not protect you. To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. –Bernadette Devlin

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It was at my home group that I learned to trust the experiences of the early groups with meetings. We have a Traditions meeting once a month and when I was new and heard the Traditions read out loud, the experiences of the early AA meetings gave me the first notion that real people — drunks like me — started this program. –Grapevine: New York, New York, February 1990

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin

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The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the person you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself,
for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others. –Wilfred Peterson

How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. –Thomas Jefferson

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I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves. –Alexander Humboldt

If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others? –Dolores Huerta

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Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions. –Pema Chodron

Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely. –Thomas P. Murphy

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I was a sick man emotionally and physically. As every AA today knows, this knowledge can be an enormous relief. I no longer needed to consider myself essentially a fool or a weakling. –Grapevine: AA Co-Founder, Bill W., July 1960, The Language of the Heart.

Where to start? – Start where you are, and go from there. –Ralph Marston

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I used to think that having a pint was the only way to have fun; now I know that, for me, it’s the only way to destroy the fun that I’m having! –Grapevine: Toronto, Ontario, August 2003

It is never too late to give up your prejudices. –Henry David Thoreau

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We must distinguish between the burden-bearing that is right and the burden-bearing that is wrong. We ought never to bear the burden of sin or of doubt. The burden God places squeezes the grapes and out comes the wine; most of us see the wine only. –Oswald Chambers

Let us always be open to the miracle of the second chance. –Reverend David Stier

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God, help me remember that letting go is a powerful behavior, One that can change my life and impact the lives of others. Help me be patient with others and myself as letting go becomes a way of life. –Melody Beattie

The beginning is always today. –Mary Wollstonecraft

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Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins. –Carlos Santana

At times fear grips me and I can concentrate only on the anxiety. Then I realize I am in God’s care and I need only trust and the fear subsides. –Michele Fedderly

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My emotional bottom came in sobriety … I actually had to sit and feel all those feelings I had worked so hard to drown out with alcohol. –Grapevine: New York, New York, January 2006

Every setback is a setup for a comeback. –Unknown

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You will never turn your life and will over to anything but a loving and merciful God. Why would you. Now that you know, why would you not. –Richard Rohr

Everyone’s recipe for serenity is different. It’s like vegetable soup — nobody makes it quite the same. –Grapevine: Chestertown, New York, January 2006

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When a man is born again, there is not the same robustness in his thinking or reasoning for a time as formerly. –Oswald Chambers

Key to serenity is to never get personally involved in your own life. –Dr. Tim D.

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Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. –Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

Kisses aren’t contracts, presents aren’t promises. –Anon

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You will fail. That’s great. Here’s a secret for you – that’s the only way you can learn. Learning has to cost you something. If you fail but learn something from your failure, you will grow. –Stella Adler

God is not limited by your Faith, God is limited by what you believe –Joel Osteen

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I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. –E. B. White

Be not afraid of growing slowing, be afraid only of standing still. –Chinese proverb

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Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. –Eileen Caddy”Two kinds of gratitude:
The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give. –Edwin Arlington Robinson

Each person must live their life as a model for others. –Rosa Parks

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When you wake up, seek the courage and strength to do the right thing. Decide that this will be another day in which you…Walk The Talk… –Anon

Lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. — Anthony Robbins

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I hope there are days when your coffee tastes like magic, your playlist makes you dance, strangers make you smile, and the night sky touches your soul. I hope there are days when you fall in love with being alive. –Brooke Hampton

One seeks God in books; one finds him in prayer. –Padre Pio

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Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive. –Mel Brooks

Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure. –A. N. Whitehead

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I can’t imagine anything that would make me so mad, glad, or sad that I would want to go back to what I was before AA. –Grapevine: Napa, California, February 1993

How will I know if I’ve really hit my bottom? I asked at my home group. When you stop digging, they told me. –Grapevine: Chelsea, Michigan, November 2002

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We are not to preach the doing of good things; good deeds are not to be preached, they are to be performed. –Oswald Chambers

Stop worrying. The bridges you cross before you come to them Are almost always over rivers that aren’t there. –Anonymous

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When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself. –Oswald Chambers

My home group’s primary purpose is to carry the AA message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Some of those have much sobriety, because the alcoholic who still suffers is not necessarily a newcomer. –Grapevine: Paso Robles, California, May 1998

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There is nothing, naturally speaking, that makes us lose heart quicker than decay—the decay of bodily beauty, of natural life, of friendship, of associations, all these things make a man lose heart; but Paul says when we are trusting in Jesus Christ these things do not find us discouraged, light comes through them. –Oswald Chambers

An error gracefully acknowledged is a victory won. –Caroline L Gascoigne

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Is He going to help Himself to your life, or are you taken up with your conception of what you are going to do? God is responsible for our lives, and the one great keynote is reckless reliance upon Him. –Oswald Chambers

If you do what you have always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Anon.

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Laughter, like a drenching rain, settles the dust, cleans and brightens the world around us, and changes our whole perspective. –Jan Pishok

The universe is transformation; our lives are what our thoughts make it. –Marcus Aurelius Antonius

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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind. –Anonymous

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. –Anon.

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If you haven’t been to a meeting for a while, come, and add to the mix … we need you. Come for yourself, come for the Fellowship, come to celebrate sobriety and come for the alcoholic    who still suffers. –Grapevine: San Francisco, California, February 1993

The work will teach you how to do it. –Estonian proverb

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All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people. –Alexis Carrel

It is not the baptism of the Holy Ghost which changes men, but the power of the ascended Christ coming into men’s lives by the Holy Ghost that changes them. –Oswald Chambers

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The person who doesn’t value you is blocking you from the one who will. Let them go. –Robert Tew

Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. –R.L. Evans

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Accept the fact that you will grow apart from people you’ve had significant relationships with. Understand when someone no longer positively affects your life. Let them go. Don’t hinder your growth. –Unknown

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. –Ronny H

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Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are. –Turcois Ominek

Drop by drop, a puddle forms. And so it goes with the formation of your character. May God bless you with drops of courage, kindness, justice, mercy, empathy, and peace. –Prayables

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When we think we have been hurt by someone in the past, we build up defenses to protect ourselves from being hurt in the future. So the fearful past causes a fearful future and the past and future become one. We cannot love when we feel fear…. When we release the fearful past and forgive everyone, we will experience total love and oneness with all. –Gerald G. Jampolsky

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing. –Prayables

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We descended from chimpanzees. It’s the fact that we tend to react to what’s immediately in front of our face, like a cow or a dog or anything. We bark and that’s who we are. And we tend to always want things to be easier  to take the path of least resistance. We all have that lower part of our nature and it’s a lot stronger, but at the same time, there’s a higher self that we’re straining to become.  And maybe I’m being optimistic, but I’m saying that everybody has that desire to reach the higher self. –Robert Greene

To wish you were someone else, is denying joy to the someone you are. –Unknown

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New people are the lifeblood of AA. I am eternally grateful to them. By extension I am, therefore, grateful to Tradition Three for making it possible for all who want what we have to come to AA. –Grapevine:  Los Gatos, California, February 1993

There is nothing wrong in you that can’t be fixed by what is right in you. –Unknown

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All those who suffer in the world do so because of their desire for their own happiness. All those happy in the world are so because of their desire for the happiness of others. –Bodhicaryavatara

We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. –Brené Brown

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There are people who want to be everywhere at once and they get nowhere. –Carl Sandburg

Sometimes I wonder if this illness isn’t a gift rather than a problem. –Grapevine

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That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude is the vision to see that WE have been Gifted. –Ernest Kurtz

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AA is the schoolroom I missed somewhere along the line … a treasure house of other people’s experience, strength and hope. –Grapevine: Norman, Oklahoma, July 1992.

Remember the music is not in the piano. –Clement Mok

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It’s so important to treat others like you would expect to be treated. It’s a universal law that the hurt and pain you have caused on others will come back and affect you, but the love and joy you have inspired in others, will also inspire you. –Unknown

Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us. –Earl Nightingale

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If there are challenges to be met today, I remember other days when what seemed impossible was made possible. –Grapevine: Huntington, West Virginia, August 2006

The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement. –Charles Schwab

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As soon as you get some sense of contact, you want to be teachers of others. This is a big mistake. –Ta-sui

Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment. –Ralph Marston

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Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness. –James Thurber

Hunger and thirst must be avoided…they grate on and inflame the mind. It’s an old saying that quarrels are sought by the weary’ just as much, too, by the hungry and the thirsty, and by every man who yearns for anything. –seneca

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Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

Does your train of thought have a caboose? –Anonymous

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If there are challenges to be met today, I remember other days when what seemed impossible was made possible. –Grapevine: Huntington, West Virginia, August 2006

You can never give another person that which you have found, but you can make him homesick for what you have. –Oswald Chambers

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The AA message does not carry itself; somebody must carry it. –Grapevine: Jackson, Mississippi, November 1964

The attitude of ‘coming to’ is that the will resolutely lets go of everything and deliberately commits all to Him. –Oswald Chambers

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When we early AAs got our first glimmer of how spiritually prideful we could be, we coined this expression: ‘Don’t try to get too damned good by Thursday!’ –Grapevine: AA Co-Founder, Bill W., June 1961

Today, I will have some fun with life, with recovery, with people, and with my day. –The Language Of Letting Go

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I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. –Walter Anderson

Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go. –Unknown

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You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire;  as great as your dominant aspiration. –James Allen

Nothing happens next, everything happens now. –Cheri Huber

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Surrender has nothing to do with giving up. It means to stop fighting. –Grapevine: Carrollton, Texas, February 1993

It doesn’t matter how much you want. What really matters is how much you want it. The extent and complexity of the problem does not matter as much as does the willingness to solve it. –Ralph Marston

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I have to transform my natural life into a spiritual life by obedience to Him. Be serious with God and leave the rest gaily alone. Put God first literally. –Oswald Chambers

Share our similarities, celebrate our differences. –M. Scott Peck

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If there is only one strand of faith amongst all the corruption within us, God will take hold of that one strand. –Oswald Chambers

It’s hard to be an atheist when you hate God. –Wesley Chapel Group

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To be so much in contact with God that you never need to ask Him to show you His will, is to be nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. –Oswald Chambers

Every setback is a setup for a comeback. –Anonymous

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Am I getting nobler, better, more helpful, more humble, as I get older? or am I getting more self-assertive, more deliberately determined to have my own way? It is a great thing to tell yourself the truth. –Oswald Chambers

If you are recognising your God, you have no business with where He engineers your circumstances. –Oswald Chambers

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Goodness and purity ought never to attract attention to themselves, they ought simply to be magnets to draw to Jesus Christ. -Oswald Chambers

It comes down to a moment-to-moment choice to serve the highest good. It is not enough to do it just once today and figure that is it. Keep choosing the highest good. –John Morton

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Is He going to help Himself to your life, or are you taken up with your conception of what you are going to do? God is responsible for our lives, and the one great keynote is reckless reliance upon Him. –Oswald Chambers

Doubt your doubts instead of doubting your faith. –Unknown

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Heard at Meetings: Big Shot, Little Shot, One Shot, we’re all Shot. God is not the burning bush, He is the whispers. I love this little life I live and I live this little life I love”  –anonymous

Life’s most rewarding gifts are those that don’t look like presents at all. –unknown

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Because of this program I am starting to love myself again. I still get urges to ‘drink and drug’ but I don’t let them run my life. I value good friends today. I value my serenity, and I value life today. –Grapevine:  Thornton, Pennsylvania, April 1993

God can’t give you anything new until you let go of the old. –Wisdom of The Rooms

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Too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person. –Gloria Steinem

The temporary security of material things is a hollow shelter if built at the expense of spiritual growth –Grapevine, Stanton, California, July 1968

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Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. — Helen Keller

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. –Thomas Carruthers

We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility. –Albert Einstein

He who is outside the door has already a good part of his journey behind him. –Dutch proverb

Never settle for anything less than your best. –Brian Tracy

Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up. –unknown

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Envy shoots at others and wounds herself. –Costa Rican Proverb

If you dig a grave for others, you might fall into it yourself. –Irish Proverb

Serenity isn’t freedom from the storm; it is peace within the storm. –Anon

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. –Theodore Rubin

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Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. –Adlai E. Stevenson

He who is swift to believe is swift to forget. –Abraham Joshua Herschel

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. –Oscar Wilde

Situations I fear are rarely as bad as the fear itself. –unknown

Growl all day and you’ll feel dog tired at night. –Anonymous

Laughter is as good as jogging for our heart, lungs, and brain.
–Gail Grenier Sweet

If you touch, you feel. If you ask, you learn. If you look, you see. If you love, you live. –unknown

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Nothing is interesting if you are not interested. — Helen MacInnes

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. –Mother Theresa

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have for instance. –Franklin P. Jones

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am only one; but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I still can do something.
I will not refuse to do the something I can do. –Helen Keller

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One extends one’s limits only by exceeding them. –M. Scott Peck

Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. –HENRY JAMES

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time.
Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. –M. Scott Peck

We cannot solve life’s problems except by solving them. –M. Scott Peck

It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. –M. Scott Peck

Expectation is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today. –Seneca

The more you teach positive ideas to others, the better you learn them yourself. –Brian Tracy

To be happy one must risk unhappiness; To live fully one must risk death and accept its ultimate decision. –Judd Manner

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The past has no power over the present moment. –Eckhart Tolle
Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be. –Eckhart Tolle

I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. –Igor Stravinsky
By fighting, you never get enough, but by yielding, you get more than you expected. –Lawrence G. Lovasik

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The purpose of life is a life of purpose. –Robert Byrne
Extremists think that ‘communication’ means agreeing with them. –Leo Rosten

Life is the dancer and you are the dance. –Eckhart Tolle
Many people are so concerned with adding days to their life that they forget to add life to their days. –Harriet Meyerson

The Oxford group wanted to save the world, and…
I only wanted to save drunks –Bill W.

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Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. –Seneca
Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier. –Mother Teresa

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Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. –Kahlil Gibran

People do not realize that their opinion of the world  is also a confession of character. –Emerson

Before we can be cured we must want to be cured. Those who really wish for help will get it; but for many people even the wish is difficult. –CS Lewis

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You are a child of God. You are a child of Light. The Soul that is your true identity resides naturally in love and joy. –John-Roger

Message of Peace
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. –Leo Buscaglia

The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values. –Dean William R. Inge

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever. –Gandhi

The nearer you come into relation with a person, The more necessary do tact and courtesy become. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

Daylight follows a dark night. –Masai Proverb
Even the longest day has its end. –Irish Proverb

A contented mind is a continual feast. –American Proverb

Treat the other man’s faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. –Henry Hoskins

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You Can’t Change The Wind, But You Can Adjust Your Sails. Make This Day Shine. –Carol Anne

I faithfully, trustfully, have acceptance for God’s will, and I therefore find serenity. –Shelley

A bad decision well implemented is better than a brilliant decision not well implemented. –Peter Schutz

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To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking. –Adlin Sinclair

Happiness is not a place to travel to. It’s a way of getting there. –Anonymous

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. –Diana Robinson

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. –Aldous Huxley

What do you think of God, the teacher asked. After a pause, the young pupil replied, “He’s not a think, he’s a feel. –Paul Frost

I must respect the opinions of others even if I disagree with them. –Herbert Henry Lehman

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity, opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. –Albert Einstein

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If you empty yourself of yesterday’s sorrows, You will have much more room for today’s joy. –Jenni Young

Sharing what you have is more important than what you have. –Albert M. Wells, Jr.

Oh… I listen a lot and talk less. You can’t learn anything when you’re talking. –Bing Crosby

Fair play is primarily not blaming others for anything that is wrong with us. –Eric Hoffer

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. –Saint Augustine

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. –Carl Jung

Nothing hath separated us from God but our own will, or rather our own will is our separation from God. –William Law

Relinquish pain and suffering. Experience joy and serenity. Let go and move forward. –Deborah Ann Smith

Love yourself. Accept yourself. Be honest about what heals and helps you. Then you’ll bring your healing gifts to others. Your life will be a gift to the world. –Melody Beattie

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The value of persistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but we will finally hear Him. –William McGill

Give your friends and family the gift of kindness all throughout the year. Your body is your vehicle through life. Do you take better care of your body or your car?

It seems in life that most of us end up doing things we don’t enjoy. You can turn things that you don’t enjoy into something you do by changing how you do those things AND changing how you view them.

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What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. –Henry David Thoreau

Praying is like riding a bicycle or swimming: You learn by doing. –Luis Palau

Life is full of internal dramas … played to an audience of one. –Anthony Powell

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interest. –John Stuart Mill

Old ways will not open new doors. Whatever you have not done, are afraid to do, or are hesitant to begin….do it now, because now can sometimes become never. –Odette Artime

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What is defeat? … Nothing but the first step to something better. –Wendell Phillips

What a man thinks of himself, is that which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. –Henry David Thoreau

In any moment of decision, The best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. –President Theodore Roosevelt

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Love at first sight is easy to understand. It’s when two people have been looking at each other for years that it becomes a miracle. –Sam Levenson

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. –E.B. White

God always provides what we need, but we must be ready to open our eyes and see it. –The Midrash

Learn to listen to your inner voice. Listen to your heart. It’s your connection to God, to people, to the universe, and to yourself. –Melody Beattie

Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace. –Author Unknown

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. –St. Augustine

There is a hole and empty place within us that we have tried to fill. Today we know that this is a God shaped hole, that only God can fill. A place where acceptance, understanding, love and support are a given. –Author Unknown

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Look for the beauty inside of each person. –I. June Stephenson

The God who calls us into the unknown travels with us. –Robert W. Rae

Spiritual vision means looking at life as God does. –Lisa D. Wiener

Whatever our future holds for us, we will find God already there. –Patricia Garrison

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on –Carl Sandburg

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. –Theodore N. Vail

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You cannot plan the future by the past. –Edmund Burke

Slow down to relish the wonder of God’s creation. –Glen Childress

God makes possible what we cannot accomplish alone. –Gary Shank

Faith in God changes our manner of living. –Chester L Schneider

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You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. –Wayne Dyer

Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. –Anonymous

Hope is a gift we give ourselves, and it remains when all else is gone. –Criswell Freeman

The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today. –Les Brown

Stress comes from within; it is your reaction to circumstances, not the circumstances themselves. –Brian Tracy

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Look for God’s image in the people you meet. –Robert E. Lea

It takes no more time to see the good side of life than it takes to see the bad. –Jimmy Buffet

It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. –Josiah Stamp

One can easily understand a child’s fear of the dark, but what is the greatest tragedy in life is the grown man who is afraid of the light. –Plato

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