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Saving the Children

Today, most news stories concern crime and corruption. With so much negativity in the world, it’s easy to feel jaded. Although superheroes don’t actually exist, the following story shows that one person’s extraordinary kindness and generosity can do an enormous amount of good for those around him/her.

It was 1938 in Czechoslovakia. In his late twenties, Nicholas Winton was a stockbroker from England on a trip to Nazi-occupied Prague. Although Nicholas had been baptized as a child in the Anglican Church, his parents were German Jews.

In Prague, he noticed that the city was filled with Jewish orphans whose parents had been killed. Nicholas took it upon himself to find families who were willing to adopt these children and he paid to transport them on the train from Prague to London. He managed to find homes for 669 children.

In 1988, the BBC program “That’s Life!” asked to interview Nicholas about the experience. He was so humble that it took years for him to get any sort of recognition. While the cameras were rolling, the BBC gave him a big surprise. “Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton? If so, could you stand up, please?”

Several rows of people surrounding Nicholas stood up. The entire audience was filled with the people he had saved and their families. In 2003, the Queen of England knighted him, giving him the well-deserved title of Sir Nicholas Winton. He passed away in July 2015. He was 106 years old.

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True Love

It’s not unusual to find yourself wondering if you’ve already found true love. But what true love actually means? Essentially, it means you have an unwavering, unbreakable and unparalleled fondness and devotion for your loved one. It’s also defined by an emotional as well as physical connection with him or her that runs immeasurably deep, and life without your significant other would make no sense.

But is it possible to be still in love with someone after decades of marriage? We all grow old, the handsome face will look like grandpa one day. Below is the story of Merle and Stella. After 80 years together, married for 79 years, their love persists. It will make you believe in true love.

10 Wisdom Quotes After A Long Day

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
– Confucius
We often think that our success relies on us achieving things almost instantaneously. But there is no timer for us to satisfy. The person who completes the marathon last is not the loser. They’re as much of a winner as the one who was first across the finish line, as they refused to give up.

Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and enjoying it for everything that it is.
– Mandy Hale
We’re always so focused on what we don’t have that we can’t appreciate what we do have. When you stop holding yourself to some standard of expectations that you can never fully achieve, you can value yourself more and appreciate life. Don’t take things for granted.

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
– Anonymous
Wisdom is gained through experiences and harsh life lessons. When we go through a difficult day, we might feel like it’s been a loss. However, it’s actually been a net benefit to us, because a new perspective is provided to us. It’s up to us to apply these lessons to our lives.

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
– Joshua J. Marine
This reminds us about the importance of being resilient. Research suggests that going through difficulties can have a positive impact on us. As we overcome obstacles, we come out of them stronger than before.

Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.
– Rumi
Suffering isn’t necessarily something to be cherished, but it can be appreciated. We can realize that our difficulties can give us a better understanding of how to improve our lives. Just because things don’t go well in one instance doesn’t mean that things are doomed for us.

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
– Francis Bacon
Sometimes, to find a solution, we need to be willing to take a step back and just appreciate the silence. The key to wisdom can often be found within ourselves. We just have to prevent ourselves from overthinking.

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.
– George Orwell
Perfectionism only serves to frustrate us. While we should try our best, we should not aim for perfection. Instead, we should be willing to accept that giving things our all is better than getting everything we desire. We can feel much more satisfied by not holding ourselves to an impossible standard.

Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
– Ron Wild
Think back to being a child and how wide-eyed and innocent you were. There was so much beauty to be found in the world, even when you weren’t looking for it. Those experiences can still occur. You just need to be willing to shift how you view things. Children actually have more insight than we might realize.

As long as you keep going, you’ll keep getting better. And as you get better, you gain more confidence. That alone is success.
– Tamara Taylor
Satisfaction in life comes from staying the course when we could give up.

If I fall, I’ll take the fall and get up and keep going.
– Mirai Nagasu
Failure shouldn’t be viewed as shameful, as those who fail are often ones who tried just as hard as those who succeeded.

10 Quotes to Help You Get Through Tough Times

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“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” – Oprah Winfrey

When your soul feels defeated and your emotions are bruised, the bright light to hold onto is your calling. There is a divine purpose for your birth and following that will breathe new life into your soul.

“One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.” – Unknown

Success is the sum of efforts made every day. Discipline is the drive to do what needs to be done even when you don’t want to. Practicing discipline on a daily basis can become the foundation of all of your future success.

“The self is made, not given.” – Barbara Myerhoff

An important thing to remember is that who you are is not determined by others. You create yourself every day of your life. If you want to be kinder, wake up and be kind. If you want to be more successful, wake up and work harder. You are the creator of yourself.

“Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” – Unknown

It is far too common for people to remain in a situation where they don’t feel appreciated. This stubbornness can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety. Don’t remain in a situation and around people who don’t appreciate you. Instead, dedicate your time to those who appreciate your presence. Don’t be afraid to start over with a new group of friends.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

This quote taps into the fear of failure that we all possess. Our fear of failing at something constantly has the power to stop us from even trying. The way to overcome your fear of failure is to latch yourself onto an even stronger force – your desire to succeed.

“Lean forward into your life. Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

Life isn’t meant to be simply survived. It is meant to be lived. You are meant to thrive. Instead of waking up every morning and doing the bare minimum of tasks to get through your day, lean into your day. Each day you wake up is a gift. Treat it as such and live it as if you were meant to have it.

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

There are people who will try to ruin your day. They will try to hold you back. Or try to tell you that you can’t do it. They will hurt you and try to make you feel worthless. Rise above their cruelty and focus on your own success. Proving all of them wrong and succeeding despite their best efforts will be the best revenge you can have.

“People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.” – John C. Maxwell

If you wish to be successful, you must learn to wisely manage a proper amount of time to dedicate to that success. Your success and your purpose in life should be one and the same. When you begin to dedicate yourself to your purpose, you will find that you have more success.

“I am thankful for all of those who said no to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein

When you rely on others to achieve your goals, you are giving them power over you and your goals. This also means you have to share in the accolades and sense of accomplishment. It is better to do things for yourself so that the success of your goals lies only in your hands.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is famous for her inspiring quotes about life. Here, Maya is reminding everyone that the painful and dark parts of your life can be turned into beautiful stories. These stories can help guide others when they’re experiencing a dark time of their own. The more you share your story, the less it will hurt you.

Will Smith’s 10 Rules for Success

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  1. Focus
  2. Improve yourself.
  3. Don’t chase the money.
  4. Be comfortable with anything.
  5. Laugh at everything.
  6. Know that you can.
  7. Provide value.
  8. Live life without fear.
  9. Express positive energy.
  10. Have fun.

10 Keanu Reeves Quotes

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  1. If you have been brutally broken but still have the courage to be gentle to other living beings, then you’re a bad-ass with a heart of an angel.
  2. The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.
  3. I will always be in love with love.
  4. Getting older – that’s part of the development: how you learn and grow and change.
  5. In crisis, in crossroads, the best of who we are can come out.
  6. I cannot be part of a world where men dress their wives as prostitutes by showing everything that should be cherished. Where there is no concept of honor and dignity, and one can only rely on those when they say ‘I promise’.
  7. Every struggle in your life shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times, they can only make you stronger.
  8. I always felt like I’m not from this generation, I just live in it. Because the way my mindset differs from the majority, you’d think I come from a different dimension. That’s why I keep things to myself because a lot of people won’t understand me.
  9. Positive energy brings good feelings, and dark energy often means harm. But the destruction in dark energy is also a subtle aspect of construction, like how even forest fires have their benefits. Sometimes enemies are our best teachers, people can learn from their mistakes, destruction sometimes means rebirth.
  10. None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.

What I Learned

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Richard Jenrette, who co-founded the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1959, spent four decades on Wall Street. When he died in April 2018 from complications of cancer at the age of 89, he left behind on his desk 24 rules to succeed – in finance and in life. The list, titled “What I Learned”, was shared below:

What I Learned (How to succeed and have a long and happy life)

  1. Stay in the game. That’s often all you need to do – don’t quit. Stick around! Don’t be a quitter!
  2. Don’t burn bridges (behind you).
  3. Remember – Life has no blessing like a good friend! You can’t get enough of them. Don’t leave old friends behind – you may need them.
  4. Try to be nice and say “thank you” a lot!
  5. Stay informed – keep learning!
  6. Study – Stay Educated. Do Your Home Work! Keep learning!
  7. Cultivate friends of all ages – especially younger.
  8. Run scared – over-prepare.
  9. Be proud – no Uriah Heep for you! But not conceited. Know your own worth.
  10. Plan ahead but be prepared to allow when opportunity presents itself.
  11. Turn problems into opportunities. Very often it can be done. Problems create opportunities for change – people willing to consider change when there are problems.
  12. Present yourself well. Clean, clean-shaven, dress “classically” to age. Beware style, trends. Look for charm. Good grammar. Don’t swear so much – it’s not cute.
  13. But be open to change – don’t be stuck in mud. Be willing to consider what’s new but don’t blindly follow it. Use your head – common sense.
  14. Have some fun – but not all the time!
  15. Be on the side of the Angels. Wear the White Hat.
  16. Have a fall-back position. Heir and the spare. Don’t leave all your money in one place.
  17. Learn a foreign language.
  18. Travel a lot – around the world, if possible.
  19. Don’t criticize someone in front of others.
  20. Don’t forget to praise a job well done (but don’t praise a poor job).
  21. I don’t like to lose – but don’t be a poor loser if you do.
  22. It helps to have someone to love who loves you (not just sex).
  23. Keep your standards high in all you do.
  24. Look for the big picture but don’t forget the small details.