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"Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another."

"We don't laugh because we're happy - we're happy because we laugh."

"Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice."

"Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver."

"We are doomed to cling to a life even while we find it unendurable."

"Spiritual energy flows in and produces effects in the phenomenal world."

"If the grace of God miraculously operates, it probably operates through the subliminal door."

"Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune."

"A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him."

"Everyone knows that on any given day there are energies slumbering in him which the incitement's of that day do not call forth. Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. The human individual usually lives far within his limits."

"If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick."

"Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings."

"We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be."

"Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!"

"Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not."

"Wisdom is learning what to overlook."

"The sovereign cure for worry is prayer."

"Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it."

"If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience."

"This life is worth living, we can say, since it is what we make it."

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