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Perserverance

"Once you decide what you want, you make a commitment to that decision."

"Trust in this: You'll handle whatever shake-up the next moment brings when you get to it."

"Ultimately, you have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself."

"The problems that make you want to holler 'Mercy!' will build your courage and determination."

"Failure is just a way for our lives to show us we're moving in the wrong direction, that we should try something different."

"Whatever your goal for this year, you can get there—if you're willing to do the work."  

"Use what you have to run toward your best—that's how I now live my life."

Relationships

"The world can only value mothering to the extent that women everywhere stand and declare that it must be so."  

"If you can survive 11 days in cramped quarters with a friend and come out laughing, your friendship is the real deal."

"In all my triumphs—in every good and great thing that has ever happened to me—Gayle has been my boldest cheerleader."

  "For the first time in my adult life, I feel part of a community."

"Every time we're hurt or feel like we can't go on, it's someone reaching out and connecting that makes the difference."

"Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment."

"Great communication begins with connection."

"To know that people care about how you're doing when the doings aren't so good—that's what love is."

"All kids want what other kids have—but it can't be given with abandon."

"Whenever you've been touched by love, a heart-print lingers."

"As long as we play the 'us and them' game, we don't evolve as people, as a nation, as a planet."

"If you feel incomplete, you alone must fill yourself with love in all your empty, shattered spaces."

"We all want to feel like we matter to somebody."

Even in the most mature spiritual partnership, a mate is only there to give you back to yourself."

"A healthy relationship brings joy—not just some of the time but most of the time."

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