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„You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel.“

—  Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963

Also attributed to Chester Bennington (singer of Linkin Park)

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„I use the word nursing for want of a better.“

—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910

Notes on Nursing (1860)
Context: I use the word nursing for want of a better. It has been limited to signify little more than the administration of medicines and the application of poultices. It ought to signify the proper use of fresh air, light, warmth, cleanliness, quiet, and the proper selection and administration of diet — all at the least expense of vital power to the patient.

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„I stopped looking for a Dream Girl, I just wanted one that wasn't a nightmare.“

—  Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994

Source: The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship

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„If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less than excellent work.“

—  Tom Watson American businessman 1874 - 1956

Attributed to Watson in: William G. Dickerson (1995) In search of the ultimate practice. p. 19.

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„Part of what I wanted to do with Baby Love was to suggest that not only are you giving birth to a baby, but also you can use the experience to give birth to a new sense of yourself.“

—  Rebecca Walker American writer 1969

On her book Baby Love in “'Can I survive having a baby? Will I lose myself ... ?'” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2007/may/26/familyandrelationships.family2 in The Guardian (2007 May 26)

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„You can close your eyes if you want. Some things are less scary.“

—  Tyler Joseph American singer-songwriter and record producer 1988

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„If you have ever seen the play Peter Pan you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of goodbye.

Remember, it is the last you will ever hear from me, so think it over.

I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too.

I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn't come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so can enjoy life when you are a man.

Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn come to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. "Be Prepared" in this way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout promise always - even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you do it.“

—  Robert Baden-Powell lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder and Chief Scout of the Scout Movement 1857 - 1941

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