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In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.

I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead -- ahead of myself as well as you.
Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
There's only one way you can fail, and that's to quit.
Perseverance is the most overrated of traits, if it is unaccompanied by talent; beating your head against a wall is more likely to produce a concussion in the head than a hole in the wall.
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, Here comes number seventy-one!
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.
Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
To me the sole hope of human salvation lies in teaching Man to regard himself as an experiment in the realization of God, to regard his hands as God's hand, his brain as God's brain, his purpose as God's purpose. He must regard God as a helpless Longing, which longed him into existence by its desperate need for an executive organ.
Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.
A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.
No man can fight his way to the top and stay at the top without exercising the fullest measure of grit, courage, determination, resolution. Every man who gets anywhere does so because he has first firmly resolved to progress in the world and then has enough stick-to-it-tiveness to transform his resolution into reality. Without resolution, no man can win any worthwhile place among his fellow men.
I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.
The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy -- invincible determination -- a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.
What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.
Construct your Determination with Sustained Effort, Controlled Attention, and Concentrated Energy. opportunities never come to those who wait... they are captured by those who dare to attack.
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.
One of the saddest lines in the world is, 'Oh come now - be realistic.' The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.
Your decision to be, have and do something out of ordinary entails facing difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.
Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.
Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.

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