„Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.“

Edited by Martin Svoboda. Last update April 8, 2021. History

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„You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

Extensive research of writings by and about Churchill at the Churchill Centre http://www.winstonchurchill.org fails to indicate that Churchill ever spoke or wrote those words.
Some sites list Norman MacEwen as the originator of the quote.
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„It's not what you will get out of the books that is so enriching - it is what the books will get out of you that will ultimately change your life“

—  Robin S. Sharma Canadian self help writer 1965

Source: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams Reaching Your Destiny

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—  Zig Ziglar American motivational speaker 1926 - 2012

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Variant: She didn't want to let go of him, or the baby, but sometimes life made you give up what you loved most.
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„Don't you know when you give life, then you become what you are?“

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„You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and you can't change human nature from intelligent self-interest into pure idealism—not in this life; and if you could, what would be left for paradise?“

—  Joseph Gurney Cannon American politician 1836 - 1926

Maxim quoted in a tribute to Cannon on his retirement, reported in The Sun, Baltimore, Maryland (March 4, 1923); Congressional Record (March 4, 1923), vol. 64, p. 5714.

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„You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.“

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

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„The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.“

—  Ben Stein actor, writer, commentator, lawyer, teacher, humorist 1944

As quoted in Out of the Blue: Delight Comes Into Our Lives (1996) by Mark Victor Hansen, Barbara Nichols, and Patty Hansen, p. 85

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„Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.“

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„You can look out of your life like a train & see what you're heading for, but you can't stop the train.“

—  Philip Larkin English poet, novelist, jazz critic and librarian 1922 - 1985

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