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Quote of the Day (February 22, 2009)

February 22, 2009

Quotemarks "...Life is an endless unfolding, and if we wish it to be, an endless process of self-discovery, an endless and unpredictable dialogue between our own potentialities and the life situations in which we find ourselves. By potentialities I mean not just intellectual gifts but the full range of one's capacities for learning, sensing, wondering, understanding, loving and aspiring.

"Perhaps you imagine that by age 35 or 45...you have explored those potentialities pretty fully. Don't kid yourself!

"The thing you have to understand is that the capacities you actually develop to the full come out as the result of an interplay between you and life's challenges -- and the challenges keep changing. Life pulls things out of you.

"There's something I know about you that you may or may not know about yourself. You have within you more resources of energy than have ever been tapped, more talent than has ever been exploited, more strength than has ever been tested, more to give than you have ever given...."

-- John Gardner, "Personal Renewal" (Nov. 10, 1990)

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