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Words are the voice of the heart.

—Confucius (Public Domain)

We generally don’t realize it, but our words form a clear pattern for others to see. We have all been around individuals who believe they are good, warm-hearted, sympathetic people, yet the pattern of words they utter belie that self-image. It is easy to fall into this trap, especially if we are constantly exposed to negative, hate-filled, smarmy language via the television, radio, and print. As these individuals pat themselves on the back for their cleverness, the clear-minded person sees them for the small, lost souls they have become.

So take stock of what you say—your words reflect to others who you really are.

—Mike Hazell

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The Citizen and the Traveler

“Look around you,” said the citizen. “This is the largest market in the world.”

“Oh surely not,” said the traveler.

“Well, perhaps not the largest,” said the citizen, “but much the best.”

“You are certainly wrong there,” said the traveler. “I can tell you….”

They buried the stranger in the dusk.

—Robert Louis Stevenson (by Henry Walter Barnett; Public Domain)

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The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

—Carl Jung (Public Domain)

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Consider in silence whatever one says: speech both conceals and reveals the inner soul of the speaker.

—Cato the Younger (photo by Prioryman; Public Domain)

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Window of Insight

A (spoken) thought may be very commendable as a thought, but I value it chiefly as a window through which I can obtain insight on the thinker.

—Alexander Smith (Photo by Stephen C. Dickson; Creative Commons)

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We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

—Robert Louis Stevenson (by Henry Walter Barnett; Public Domain)

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There is a point, of course, where a man must take the isolated peak and break with all his associates for clear principle; but until that time comes he must work, if he would be of use, with men as they are. As long as the good in them overbalances the evil, let him work with them for the best that can be obtained.

—Theodore Roosevelt (1904, by Pach Bros.; Public Domain)

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