In this uplifting AOL video, New York Times 'Vows' columnist Devan Sipher reveals some of the wisdom he's attained from talking to thousands of brides and grooms. "People meet and fall in love at every place, at every time, at every age," he says. "I’ve learned... that love is actually something that takes a great deal of effort, and a lot of risktaking. The first spark might be the effortless part. But after that, it’s really a triumph of optimism and determination over fear."

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  • <strong>"Fearlessness is like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let your fears run you."</strong>

  • <strong>"To live exuberantly, we must be prepared to illuminate the dark spots in ourselves."</strong>

  • <strong>"The first step toward changing the world is to change our vision of the world and of our place in it."</strong>

  • <strong>"Children brought up to feel that their lives have a larger purpose are more likely to keep their own troubles in perspective."</strong>

  • <strong>"When we feel we constantly have to prove ourselves at work, we give priority to our jobs over everything and everyone else."</strong>

  • <strong>"Being fearless doesn't mean living a life devoid of fear, but living a life in which our fears don't hold us back."</strong>

  • <strong>"Given adequate time and sufficient fear, we may hide so long that we hardly notice we're slowly suffocating."</strong>

  • <strong>"Naysayers have little power over us -- unless we give it to them."</strong>

  • <strong>"Squashing our true selves is a major cause of fear, anxiety, and depression."</strong>

  • <strong>"The more fearless we are in our personal lives, the more of that spirit we'll bring to changing our world."</strong>

  • <strong>"If we do rush in and make a bad decision, let's at least quickly forgive ourselves, learn, and move on."</strong>

  • <strong>"Survival behavior can be triggered by the fear of losing anything that we perceive as being part of our identity."</strong>

  • <strong>"Making the choice to move forward despite fear is an evolved decision that transcends our animal nature."</strong>

  • <strong>"We may not be able to tune our inner critics out entirely, but we don't have to let them run the show."</strong>

  • <strong>"That virtue called manliness is highly underrated in women. To me, it includes choosing to be brave rather than fearful."</strong>

  • <strong>"Refusing to be controlled by threats, guilt, blame -- even praise and blandishments -- is our true calling as human beings."</strong>

  • <strong>"A fear-driven life is a life not fully lived."</strong>