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Adams, John

I believe there is no one principle which predominates in human nature so much in every stage of life, from cradle to the grave, in males and females, old and young, black and white, rich and poor, high and low, as this passion for superiority.  Every human being compares itself in its own imagination with every other round about it, and will find some superiority over every other, real or imaginary, or it will die of grief and vexation.


Adler, Alfred

Trust only movement.  Life happens at the level of events not of words.  Trust movement.


Adler, Stella 

Don't use your conscious past.  Use your creative imagination to create a past that belongs to your characters.


Aesop  

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.

Better to be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.


Aldiss, Brian (b. 1925), British science fiction writer.

Whatever creativity is, it is in part a solution to a problem.
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Bury My Heart at W. H. Smith’s,“Apéritif” (1990).


Allen, James  (1864-1912),  British-born American essayist, author of As a Man Thinketh

The greatest achievements were at first and for a time dreams.  The oak sleeps in the acorn.

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.


Allston, Washington 

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.


Altshuler, Michael, motivational speaker

Smart people learn from their own mistakes.
Smarter people learn from the mistakes of others.

To get people to hear what you say, speak from the head; to get people to feel what you say, speak from the heart.


Ameringer, Oscar  

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.


Ambrose, Saint 

When you are in Rome live in the Roman style; when you are elsewhere live as they live elsewhere.
- Advice to Saint Augustine


Amiel, Henri Frédéric (1821-1881),  philosopher and writer.

Life is short and we never have enough time for gladdening the hearts of those who travel the way with us.  
O, be swift to love!  Make haste to be kind.

Charm: the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.

Do not despise your situation; in it you must act, suffer and conquer.  From every point on earth we are equally near to heaven and to the infinite.

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.


Amos, Wally

Don’t waste your time worrying.  Worry is not preparation.  Analyze the situation and focus on solutions.  There is always an answer.


Aristotle
 

The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.

Anyone can become angry—that is easy.  But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way—that is not easy.
- The Nichomachean Ethics

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.

What is a friend?  A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.


Arland, Gilbert, writer

When an archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself.  Failure to hit the bull’s-eye is never the fault of the target.  To improve your aim—improve yourself.


Arnold, Matthew  

Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself loses his misery.


 Ash, Mary Kay, Founder, Mary Kay Cosmetics

You can have anything in this world you want, if you want it badly enough and you’re willing to pay the price.


Augustine, Saint    

Audi partem alterum.  (Hear the other side)


Aurelius, Marcus

Keep constantly in mind in how many things you yourself have witnessed changes already.  The universe is change, life is understanding.

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