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Our life is woven wind."

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Joseph Joubert

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Ninety-nine one-hundredths of our lives we are mere hedgers and ditchers, but from time to time we meet with reminders of our destiny.

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Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau; July 12, 1817- May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore; while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time imploring one to abandon waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs.

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We have a rendezvous with Destiny.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 - April 12, 1945) was the 32nd President of the United States and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war. The only American president elected to more than two terms, he was often referred to by his initials, FDR. Roosevelt won his first of four presidential elections in 1932, while the United States was in the depths of the Great Depression. FDR's combination of optimism and economic activism is often credited with keeping the country's economic crisis from developing into a political crisis. He led the United States through most of World War II, and died in office of a cerebral hemorrhage, shortly before the war ended.

Roosevelt named his approach to the economic situation the New Deal; it consisted of legislation pushed through Congress as well as executive orders. Executive orders included the bank holiday declared when he first came to office; legislation created new government agencies, such as the Works Progress Administration and the National Recovery Administration, with the intent of creating new jobs for the unemployed. Other legislation provided direct assistance to individuals, such as the Social Security Act.

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What has passed and cannot be prevented, should not be grieved for.

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Big Elk

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Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings. The stream knows it can't stay on the mountain.

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Rumi

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It would be a curious experiment to shake the same bough again, and see if the ripe fruit were better or worse than the early windfalls.

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr

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We must treat fortune as we do health; enjoy it when it is good and be patient when it is bad.

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FRANCOIS LA ROCHEFOUCAULD

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Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not."

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Ben Jonson

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Nature gives merit and fortune sets it to work.

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FRANCOIS LA ROCHEFOUCAULD

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Every man is the architect of his own fortune."
Sallust quoting Appius, Second Epistle to Caesar interpreted by Henry Steuart, L.L.D., 1824 pub date interpreted by Henry Steuart, L.L.D., 1824 pub date

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Sallust

Gaius Sallustius Crispus, generally known simply as Sallust, (86-34 BC), a Roman historian, belonged to a well-known plebeian family, and was born at Amiternum in the country of the Sabines. Throughout his career Sallust always stood by his principle as a popularis, an opposer of Pompey's party and the old aristocracy of Rome.

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Mind is the great presiding principle that regulates human life. If the mind chooses the road of virtue, and aspires to true glory through that path, there will be no complaint of innate imbecility or the dominion of accident. The human character will then shine forth, in all its lustre, superior to fortune, and independent of her gifts. For over integrity, diligence, and other qualities, fortune is possessed of no power: She is unable to bestow...
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Sallust

Gaius Sallustius Crispus, generally known simply as Sallust, (86-34 BC), a Roman historian, belonged to a well-known plebeian family, and was born at Amiternum in the country of the Sabines. Throughout his career Sallust always stood by his principle as a popularis, an opposer of Pompey's party and the old aristocracy of Rome.

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My respect for your character is founded on this, that, with whatever moderation you have borne the favors of fortune, it was when she frowned that you always seemed to rise the highest, erect and firm amidst the shocks of adversity."

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Sallust

Gaius Sallustius Crispus, generally known simply as Sallust, (86-34 BC), a Roman historian, belonged to a well-known plebeian family, and was born at Amiternum in the country of the Sabines. Throughout his career Sallust always stood by his principle as a popularis, an opposer of Pompey's party and the old aristocracy of Rome.

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Perhaps of all undertakings, there is no more delicate and difficult, than to address advice to the ear of power; to a sovereign prince, to a celebrated general, or, in a word, to him, who is elevated to authority over his fellow men. This is true, in the first place, because the great never want advisers: And secondly, because to look, with clearness into the future, far exceeds the keenest foresight, and the most consummate wisdom. Besides, we ...
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Sallust

Gaius Sallustius Crispus, generally known simply as Sallust, (86-34 BC), a Roman historian, belonged to a well-known plebeian family, and was born at Amiternum in the country of the Sabines. Throughout his career Sallust always stood by his principle as a popularis, an opposer of Pompey's party and the old aristocracy of Rome.

 

 
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