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I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
[Believe]
 

I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.
 

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
 

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
[Being]
 

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
 

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
 

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
[Able]
 

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.
 

If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
 

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
[Change]
 

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
 

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.
 

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
 

Life loves the liver of it.
[Life]
 

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go."
[Life]
 

Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
[Love]
 

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.
[Love]
 

Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
 

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
[Music]
 

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
 


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