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Edmund Ware Sinnot

If matter and energy and chance are all there is, it takes a man of most unusual courage to build an unselfish love for humanity on such foundations.

Chance | Courage | Energy | Humanity | Love | Man |

Richard Carlson

Imagining yourself at your own funeral allows you to look back at your life while you still have the chance to make some important changes.

Chance | Important | Life | Life |

David Dibble

Being aware of what your mind thinks, believes, and remembers gives you the chance to change your reality. As on the inside, so on the outside.

Chance | Change | Mind | Reality |

Peter Singer

Anyone can become part of the critical mass that offers us a chance of improving the world before it is too late. You can rethink your goals and question what you are doing with your life. If your present way of living does not stand up against an impartial standard of value, then you can change it.

Chance | Change | Goals | Life | Life | Present | Question | World |

Albert Camus

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.

Better | Chance | Freedom | Nothing |

Albert Camus

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worst.

Better | Chance | Freedom | Nothing |

Archibald Rutledge

You should remember that though another may have more money, beauty, and brains than you, when it comes to the rarer spiritual values such as charity, self-sacrifice, honor and nobility of heart, you have an equal chance with everyone to be the most beloved and honored of all people.

Beauty | Chance | Charity | Heart | Honor | Money | Nobility | People | Sacrifice | Self | Self-sacrifice |

Aristotle NULL

Every result of chance is from what is spontaneous, but not everything that is from what is spontaneous is from chance.

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Arthur Schopenhauer

The man who has been born into a position of wealth comes to look upon it as something without which he could no more live than he could live without air; he guards it as he does his very life; and so he is generally a lover of order, prudent and economical. But the man who has been born into a poor position looks upon it as the natural one, and if by any chance he comes in for a fortune, he regards it as a superfluity, something to be enjoyed or wasted, because, if it comes to an end, he can get on just as well as before, with one anxiety the less.

Anxiety | Anxiety | Chance | Fortune | Life | Life | Looks | Man | Order | Position | Wealth |

Arthur Schopenhauer

According to the true nature of things, everyone has all the sufferings of the world as his own; indeed, he has to look upon all merely possible sufferings as actual for him, so long as he is the firm and constant will-to-live, in other words, affirms life with all his strength. For the knowledge that sees through the principium individuationis, a happy life in time, given by chance or won from it by shrewdness, amid the sufferings of innumerable others, is only a beggar’s dream, in which he is a king, but from which he must awake, in order to realize that only a fleeting illusion had separated him from the suffering of his life.

Chance | Happy | Illusion | Knowledge | Life | Life | Nature | Order | Strength | Suffering | Time | Will | Words | World |

Author Unknown NULL

One of the striking characteristics of successful persons is their faculty of determining the relative importance of different things. There are many things which it is more desirable to do, a few are essential, and there is no more useful quality of the human mind than that which enables its possessor at once to distinguish which the few essential things are... Let one adopt the practice of reflecting, every morning, what must necessarily be done during the day, and then begin by doing the most important things first, leaving the others to take their chance of being done or left undone.

Chance | Day | Distinguish | Important | Mind | Practice |

Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

I do not believe such a quality as chance exists. Every incident that happens must be a link in a chain.

Chance |

Author Unknown NULL

The secret of contentment is never to allow yourself to want anything really badly that reason says you have little or no chance of getting.

Chance | Contentment | Little | Reason |

Charles Caleb Colton

In an age remarkable for good reasoning and bad conduct, for sound rules and corrupt manners, when virtue fills our heads, but vice our hearts; when those who would fain persuade us that they are quite sure of heaven, appear in no greater hurry to go there than other folks, but put on the livery of the best master only to serve the worst; in an age when modesty herself is more ashamed of detection than delinquency; when independence of principle consists in having no principle on which to depend; and free thinking, not in thinking freely, but in being free from thinking; in an age when patriots will hold anything except their tongues; keep anything except their word; and lose nothing patiently except their character; to improve such an age must be difficult; to instruct it dangerous; and he stands no chance of amending it who cannot at the same time amuse it.

Age | Chance | Character | Conduct | Detection | Good | Heaven | Hurry | Manners | Modesty | Nothing | Sound | Thinking | Time | Virtue | Virtue | Will | Vice |

Charles Caleb Colton

There is no cruelty so inexorable and unrelenting as that which proceeds from a bigoted and presumptuous supposition of doing service to God. The victim of the fanatical persecutor will find that the stronger the motives he can urge for mercy are, the weaker will be his chance for obtaining it, for the merit of his destruction will be supposed to rise in value in proportion as it is effected at the expense of every feeling both of justice and of humanity.

Chance | Cruelty | God | Humanity | Justice | Mercy | Merit | Motives | Service | Will | Cruelty | Value | Victim |