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The quality of mercy is not strained.
by William Shakespeare

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
- William Shakespeare

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To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare PHOTO

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare PHOTO

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare PHOTO

 

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Be true to thyself.
- William Shakespeare
(paraphrase of Shakespeare's famous quote)

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which
doth mock the meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare

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The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- William Shakespeare

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

To thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
- William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.
- William Shakespeare

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
- William Shakespeare

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare

Love is blind.
- William Shakespeare

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- William Shakespeare

Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

In time we hate that which we often fear.
- William Shakespeare

Love sought is good,
but given unsought is better.
- William Shakespeare

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
but my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare

A peace is of the nature of a conquest;
for then both parties nobly are subdued,
and neither party loser.
- William Shakespeare

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench
the fire of love with words.
- William Shakespeare

What's in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet
- William Shakespeare

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
- William Shakespeare

An overflow of good converts to bad.
- William Shakespeare

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods;
they kill us for their sport.
- William Shakespeare

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
- William Shakespeare

As he was valiant, I honour him.
But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
- William Shakespeare

Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!
- William Shakespeare

Being born is like being kidnapped.
And then sold into slavery.
- William Shakespeare

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
- William Shakespeare

But men are men; the best sometimes forget.
- William Shakespeare

Brevity is the soul of wit.
- William Shakespeare

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great,
some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
- William Shakespeare

Absence from those we love is self from self -
a deadly banishment.
- William Shakespeare

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
- William Shakespeare

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
- William Shakespeare

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
- William Shakespeare

Boldness be my friend.
- William Shakespeare

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
- William Shakespeare

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new- hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade.
- William Shakespeare

At all times and under all circumstances,
we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
- Werner Erhard

Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

It is the quality of the moment,
not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

Honor bespeaks worth. Confidence begets trust.
Service brings satisfaction.
Cooperation proves the quality of leadership.
- James Cash Penney

Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart,
cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- James Allen

Honor your past, and all the consequences of that past.
Receive insight into relieving the pain
caused by past experiences and current attitudes toward life.
Observe life as it currently appears,
and then train yourself to observe life
from other perspectives that support a higher quality of living.
Re-consider your priorities.
Chart your Course.
Set Sail with Courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Instead of needing lots of children,
we need high-quality children.
- Margaret Mead

The first quality that is needed is audacity.
- Winston Churchill

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible,
no matter whether it is on a section gang,
a football field, in an army, or in an office.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Zen says that if you drop knowledge -
and within knowledge everything is included;
your name, your identity, everything,
because this has been given to you by others -
if you drop all that has been given by others,
you will have a totally different quality to your being: innocence.
This will be a crucifixion of the persona, the personality,
and there will be a resurrection of your innocence.
You will become a child again, reborn.
- Osho

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen.
Then what will be the quality?
Watchfully alert, joyously unmotivated,
centered, loving, flowing, one walks.
And the walking is sauntering.
Loving, alert, watchful, one sits, unmotivated -
not sitting for anything in particular,
just enjoying how beautiful
just sitting doing nothing is,
how relaxing, how restful.
- Osho

Just one quality of the Buddha has to be remembered.
He consists only of one quality: witnessing.
This small word witnessing contains the whole of spirituality.
Witness that you are not the body.
Witness that you are not the mind.
Witness that you are only a witness.
As the witnessing deepens,
you start becoming drunk with the divine.
That is what is called ecstasy.
- Osho

It is the quality of our work which will please God
and not the quantity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

High-quality food is better for your health.
- Michael Pollan

I think one of the finest gifts I can give
my friends in the holiday season is to pause
with a long enough quality to actually SEE them.
My calm, unhurried presence communicates
this gift of a message, "I see you. I recognize you.
I remember our times of together
and am contributing right now to another quality memory.
I value you and honor and take the time,
right this moment to pause long enough to truly notice you."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into
situations where you need it.
- Doug Larson


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