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The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
There is no substitute for virtue. Keep your thoughts virtuous. Rise above the filth that's all around you in this world and stand tall in strength and virtue. You can do this and you will be happier for it for as long as you live. God bless you in cherishing, developing and holding on to this great gift, the quality of personal virtue.
If there is a wrong way to do something, then someone will do it.
Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men love to praise, but are slow to practice it. To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage.
In all things preserve integrity; and the consciousness of thine own uprightness will alleviate the toil of business, soften the hardness of ill-success and disappointments, and give thee an humble confidence before God, when the ingratitude of man, or the iniquity of the times may rob thee of other rewards.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
A life lived with integrity -- even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.
Labor is still, and ever will be, the inevitable price set upon everything which is valuable.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
Life gives nothing to man without labor.
If a little labor, little are our gains. Man's fortunes are according to his pains.
Labor is man's greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing, he can fulfill nothing, without working.
I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.
We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.
When you affirm your own rightness in the universe, then you co-operate with others easily and automatically as part of your own nature. You, being yourself, helps others be themselves. Because you recognize your own uniqueness you will not need to dominate others, nor cringe before them
As long as you know what it is you desire, then by simply affirming that it is yours -- firmly and positively, with no ifs, buts, or maybes -- over and over again, from the minute you arise in the morning until the time you go to sleep at night, and as many times during the day as your work or activities permit, you will be drawn to those people, places, and events that will bring your desires to you.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
In contrast to revenge, which is the natural, automatic reaction to transgression and which, because of the irreversibility of the action process can be expected and even calculated, the act of forgiving can never be predicted; it is the only reaction that acts in an unexpected way and thus retains, though being a reaction, something of the original character of action.
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
God has marvelous ways of taking our worst tragedies and turning them into His most glorious triumphs.
We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense... human rights invented America.
In fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit.
No totalitarians, no wars, no fears, famines or perils of any kind can really break a man's spirit until he breaks it himself by surrendering. Tyranny has many dread powers, but not the power to rule the spirit.
The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible -- it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
To succeed it is necessary to accept the world as it is and rise above it.
Temperament lies behind mood; behind will, lies the fate of character. Then behind both, the influence of family the tyranny of culture; and finally the power of climate and environment; and we are free, only to the extent we rise above these.
At daybreak, when loath to rise, have this thought in thy mind: I am rising for a man's work.
None, but people of strong passion are capable of rising to greatness.
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
Perseverance, self-reliance, energetic effort, are doubly strengthened when your rise to battle again.
Man cannot aspire if he looked down; if he rise, he must look up.
When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear.
I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.
Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.
Not being beautiful was the true blessing... Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.
Man is the one who desires, woman the one who is desired. This is woman's entire but decisive advantage. Through man's passions, nature has given man into woman's hands, and the woman who does not know how to make him her subject, her slave, her toy, and how to betray him with a smile in the end is not wise.
When the going gets tough, the tough hang in there.
Happiness is the act of being tough with ourselves and tender with others.
You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.
The lack of opportunity is ever the excuse of a weak, vacillating mind. Opportunities! Every life is full of them. Every newspaper article is an opportunity. Every client is an opportunity. Every sermon is an opportunity. Every business transaction is an opportunity -- an opportunity to be polite -- an opportunity to be manly -- an opportunity to be honest -- an opportunity to make friends.
A wise man doesn't just wait for the right opportunity, He creates the right opportunity.
As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it! No matter how tiny an opportunity it may be, use it!
Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.
We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.
When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.
Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.
Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.
Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you.
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Every hardship; every joy; every temptation is a challenge of the spirit; that the human soul may prove itself. The great chain of necessity wherewith we are bound has divine significance; and nothing happens which has not some service in working out the sublime destiny of the human soul.
Failure is success if we learn from it.
To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, Shake well before using. That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commence with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light.
The racism, the sexism, I never let it be my problem, it's their problem. If I see a door comin' my way, I'm knockin' it down. And if I can't knock down the door, I'm sliding through the window. I'll never let it stop me from what I wanna do.
I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.
Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.
I used to hurt so badly that I'd ask God why, what have I done to deserve any of this? I feel now He was preparing me for this, for the future. That's the way I see it.
There is in every woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
By bravely enduring it, an evil which cannot be avoided is overcome
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction.
The object of living is work, experience, and happiness. There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us someone else's work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
Good work habits help develop an internal toughness and a self-confident attitude that will sustain you through every adversity and temporary discouragement.
Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.
The more one works, the more willing one is to work.
Work alone is noble.
The secret of making something work in your lives is, first of all, the deep desire to make it work: then the faith and belief that it can work: then to hold that clear definite vision in your consciousness and see it working out step by step, without one thought of doubt or disbelief.
Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.
the highest qualities of character must be earned".
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
In the end, it is the person you become, not the things you have achieved, that is the most important.
Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.
To the brave and the faithful, nothing is impossible.
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.
A young man idle, an old man needy.
Prolonged idleness paralyzes initiative.
If you are going through hell, keep going.
Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life.
If you think you're too small to make a difference, you've obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.
I'm a very intense person. When I go after something, I want to go after it with everything I have. I want to push myself to the edge.
The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.
He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.
What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.
The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.
You will achieve grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day -- not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal -- to do the best you can, enjoy this day, and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.
The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
The heart that truly loves never forgets.
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Others have done it before me. I can, too.
Just because Fate doesn?t deal you the right cards, it doesn?t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
By virtue of being born to humanity, every human being has a right to the development and fulfillment of his potentialities as a human being.
Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future.
In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.
Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.
There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief.

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