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I am responsible for my own well-being, my own happiness. The choices and decisions I make regarding my life directly influence the quality of my days.

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.

I don't want to be a passenger in my own life.

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings.

I had never been as resigned to ready-made ideas as I was to ready-made clothes, perhaps because although I couldn't sew, I could think.

I have always regarded myself as the pillar of my life.

I have ever held it a maxim, never to do through another what it was possible for me to do myself.

I leave before being left. I decide.

I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives, to give you at once the key to that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourselves. See quote detail

I love being single. It's almost like being rich.

I never really address myself to any image anybody has of me. That's like fighting with ghosts.

I truly believe that women of my generation can bring a new cleansing element to American public life.

I would not sit waiting for some value tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime. ... I would make something happen.

I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life anytime he is prepared and ready to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within.

If a man wants his dreams to come true, he must wake up.

If it is to be, it is up to me.

If people are suffering, then they must look within themselves. ... Happiness is not something ready-made [Buddha] can give you. It comes from your own actions.

If there is no wind, row.

If we are not responsible for the thoughts that pass our doors, we are at least responsible for those we admit and entertain.


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