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You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. –  Dr. Seuss

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. – J.K. Rowling

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. – Stephen Chbosky

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. – John Green

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can. – Nicholas Sparks

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. – Mark Twain

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. –  Dr. Seuss

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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university. – Albert Einstein

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank

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Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living. – Jonathan Safran Foer

Death ends a life, not a relationship. – Mitch Albom

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. – Gustave Flaubert

You cannot find peace by avoiding life. – Virginia Woolf

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

May you live every day of your life. – Jonathan Swift

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters. – Audrey Hepburn

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The past has no power over the present moment. – Eckhart Tolle

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Søren Kierkegaard

It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime. – Khaled Hosseini

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It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. – Dale Carnegie

Unbeing dead isn’t being alive. – E.E. Cummings

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. – Emily Dickinson

Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness? – Haruki Murakami

How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em. – Shel Silverstein

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon

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