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Everyone loves a great motivational quote! But what is it that makes motivational quotes so endearing? Sure, they are just words, but they are positive words. They reach out to us just when we feel like giving up or struggling to push ourselves to the next level. The right quote at the right time can have an uplifting effect, helping us to overcome tough times, stop procrastinating, escape our comfort zone and encourage us to take action!

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What is motivation?

Motivation is the desire to act, the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviours.

Motivation involves the biological, emotional, social, and cognitive forces that activate behaviour. It’s the driving force behind human actions.

There are two types of motivation, the first is extrinsic motivation that arises from the desire to pursue and attain goals such as fame, praise or money. The second is intrinsic motivation, an act of doing something that has no obvious external rewards such as doing something purely for enjoyment or personal satisfaction.

How to motivate yourself:

Everyone at some time in their life will experience fluctuations in their motivation and willpower. Sometimes you might feel fired up and highly driven to reach your goals, while at other times you might feel restless or unsure of what you want or how to achieve it.

However at times when are motivation is lacking, there are a few simple techniques we can use to get us back on track:

Simplify the tasks – Delegate or eliminate tasks that don’t motivate or excite you and use the time spared to focus on those that do.

Combine all your small tasks – Make list of all your tasks and tackle all the similar ones together. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and increase motivation.

Focus on your accomplishments – Concentrate on looking at how far you have come instead of how far you need to go!

Celebrate success – Rather than focusing on your ideal, think about what you’ve achieved from a specific starting point.

Set measurable goals – Set goals that are achievable, as we accomplish them we feel as if we are making progress in turn motivating ourselves further.

Create and complete a new positive habit – Sometimes the smallest shift can create the biggest improvements. The key is focusing on what you want to improve and doing something small each day to achieve it. Even a 1% improvement every day can produce big results in the end.

Motivational quotes to help you reach your full potential:

Positive motivational quotes:

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Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.

Roy T. Bennett

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

Willie Nelson

Action is the foundational key to all success.

Pablo Picasso

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

Marcus Aurelius

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.

William James

The greatest weapon against stress is the ability to choose one thought over another.

William James
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It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.

Hans F. Hansen

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

Helen Keller

Words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only action truly brings you closer to your dreams.

Brad Sugars

Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

Jim Rohn

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Winston Churchill

You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.

Deepak Chopra
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Motivational quotes of the day:

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Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up.

Isabelle Lafleche

Magic is believing in yourself. If you can make that happen, you can make anything happen.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

Helen Keller

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.

William W. Purkey

Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.

Socrates

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Steve Jobs

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

John D. Rockefeller
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Whatever you are, be a good one.

Abraham Lincoln

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

Dalai Lama XIV

If we have the attitude that it’s going to be a great day it usually is.

Catherine Pulsifier

Impossible is just an opinion.

Paulo Coelho

Someday is not a day of the week.

Denise Brennan-Nelson

If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.

 Elon Musk

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Neil Gaiman

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

Lewis Carroll
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Monday motivational quotes:

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When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day.

Ella Woodword

Goodbye blue Monday.

Kurt Vonnegut

Mondays are the start of the work week which offer new beginnings 52 times a year!

David Dweck

It was a Monday and they walked on a tightrope to the sun.

Kurt Vonnegut
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Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier & healthier life.

Germany Kent

So. Monday. We meet again. We will never be friends—but maybe we can move past our mutual enmity toward a more-positive partnership.

Julio-Alexi Genao

It’s Monday… time to motivate and make dreams and goals happen. Let’s go!

Heather Stillufsen
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Motivational quotes for women:

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Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.

Lady Gaga

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before.

Albert Einstein

We realise the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.

Malala Yousafzai

On my own I will just create and if it works, it works. And if it doesn’t, I’ll just create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.

Oprah Winfrey

Women challenge the status quo because we are never it.

Cindy Gallop

I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.

Joan Rivers

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.

Janis Joplin
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We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

Arianna Huffington

When something I can’t control happens, I ask myself: Where is the hidden gift? Where is the positive in this?

Sara Blakely

Done is better than perfect.

Sheryl Sandberg

Women must learn to play the game as men do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.

Judy Garland

Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.

Jennifer Lopez

We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.

Sheryl Sandberg
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Hustle quotes:

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Greatness only comes before hustle in the dictionary.

Ross Simmonds

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Abraham Lincoln

Every sucessful person in the world is a hustler one way or another. We all hustle to get where we need to be. Only a fool would sit around and wait on another man to feed him.

K’wan

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Thomas Edison
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Work like there is someone working twenty four hours a day to take it away from you.

Mark Cuban

No one is to blame for your future situation but yourself. If you want to be successful, then become “Successful.”

Jaymin Shah

Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.

Gary Vaynerchuk
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You can do it quotes:

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Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you did not do than the ones you did.

Mark Twain

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

Do the best you can. No one can do more than that.

John Wooden

You can do anything you set your mind to.

Benjamin Franklin
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‘It’s never too late to be what you might’ve been.

George Eliot

Trust yourself that you can do it and get it.

Baz Luhrmann

You never know what you can do until you try.

William Cobbett

All we can do is the best we can do.

David Axelrod

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Walt Disney
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Motivational quotes for work:

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f you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.

Oscar Wilde

Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.

Leah LaBelle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Aristotle

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.

Mary Kay Ash

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

Michael Jordan

It’s not just about being better. It’s about being different. You need to give people a reason to choose your business.

Tom Abbott

If everything seems to be under control, you’re not going fast enough.

Mario Andretti

Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure.

Stanley McChrystal

Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.

A.C. Benson
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Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

Lou Holtz

If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.

Simon Sinek

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Tim Notke

Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

Kamari aka Lyrikal

Unsuccessful people make their decisions based on their current situations. Successful people make their decisions based on where they want to be.

Benjamin Hardy

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.

Conan O’Brien

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.

Marissa Mayer

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

Jimmy Johnson
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Encouraging quotes to motivate you:

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Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded there.

Dr. Wayne D. Dyer

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

A.A. Milne

When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

John F Kennedy

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.

Helen Keller

Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.

Bo Jackson

Small is not just a stepping-stone. Small is a great destination itself.

Jason Fried

Begin anywhere.

John Cage

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein
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Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe

Wherever you go, go with all your hear.

Confucius

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.

Garrison Keillor

Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.

St. Jerome.

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

Warren Buffet

Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.

 Anne Frank
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Motivational quotes for entrepreneurs:

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Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE

Joss Whedon

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan

Without a customer, you don’t have a business — all you have is a hobby.

Don Peppers

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Chinese Proverb

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

Babe Ruth

I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘how far can I push this company in the next 24 hours.

Leah Busque
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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.

Mary Kay Ash

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.

Stephen Covey

If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.

Michele Ruiz

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

Arianna Huffington
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Motivational quotes for success:

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Every champion was once a contender that didn’t give up.

Gabby Douglas

I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.

Estée Lauder

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

Pele

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

Muhammad Ali

Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.

W. P. Kinsella

To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge.

Summer Sanders
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Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.

 Chris Grosser

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

Dale Carnegie

The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.

Warren Buffett

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Maya Angelou

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.

Thomas J. Watson

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Herman Melville
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Motivational quotes for life:

Motivational Quotes

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

Suzy Kassem

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

 C.S. Lewis

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

Katharine Hepburn

“Life is not what you alone make it. Life is the input of everyone who touched your life and every experience that entered it. We are all part of one another.

Yuri Kochiyama

Never regret anything that made you smile.

Mark Twain

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

 Eleanor Roosevelt
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Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.

Vernon Sanders Law

Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.

 Ken Poirot

If you want to fly give up everything that weighs you down.

Buddha

I never lose. Either I win or learn.

Nelson Mandela

To know how much there is to know is the beginning of learning to live.

Dorothy West

You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.

You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours
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Motivational quotes about money:

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Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.

Clare Boothe Luce

You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.

Dave Ramsey

Don’t stay in bed unless you can make money in bed.

George Burns

It’s not your salary that makes you rich, it’s your spending habits.

Charles A. Jaffe
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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.

Maya Angelou

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

Jim Rohn

Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.

Jen Sincero

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.

Henry David Thoreau
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Motivational quotes for students:

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Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.

William Arthur Ward

If you can’t make a mistake you can’t make anything.

Marva Collin

Motivation comes from working on things we care about.

Sheryl Sandberg

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.

Augustine Og Mandino

If today you are a little bit better than you were yesterday, then that’s enough.

David A. Bednar

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela
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Failure is the tuition you pay for success.

Walter Brunell

I really appreciate people who correct me, because without them, I might have been repeating mistakes for a long time.

Mufti Menk

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

Lemony Snicket

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.

George Lorimer

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you’ll be doomed if you don’t try.

Beverly Sills
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Funny motivational quotes:

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Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.

Tom Lehrer

Be a positive energy trampoline – absorb what you need and rebound more back.

Dave Carolan

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

Zig Ziglar

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realise I should have been more specific.

Lily Tomlin
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The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs, one step at a time.

Joe Girard

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.

Oscar Wilde

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.

Winnie the Pooh
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Motivational quotes about change:

Motivational Quotes

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.

 Debby Boone

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy

Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

Mandy Hale
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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Leo Tolstoy

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

 George Bernard Shaw

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Maya Angelou
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Motivational quotes about time:

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Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

William Shakespeare

It’s not about having enough time, it’s about making enough time.

 Rachael Bermingham

Time is money.

Benjamin Franklin
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The trouble is, you think you have time.

Buddha

Punctuality is not just limited to arriving at a place at right time, it is also about taking actions at right time.

Amit Kalantri

Time is what we want most and what we use worst.

William Penn
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Motivational quotes about winning:

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A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.

Nelson Mandela

Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.

Robert T. Kiyosaki

Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It’s about preparation, courage, understanding, nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result.

Joe Torre

One thing’s for sure, if you don’t play, you don’t win.

Kylie Francis

Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.

Vince Lombardi
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Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships.

Michael Jordan

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.

Mike Murdock

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.

Billie Jean King

You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.

Zig Ziglar

When I win and when I lose, I take ownership of it, because I really am in charge of what I do.

Nicki Minaj
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Final thoughts:

Motivational is the key to success? I hope some of these motivational quotes help to motivate and inspire you to reach your full potential and smash those goals and challenges in your life.

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