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Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.

A price has to be paid for success. Almost invariably those who have reached the summits worked harder and longer, studied and planned more assiduously, practiced more self-denial, overcame more difficulties than those of us who have not risen so far.
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
Love conquers all; let us surrender to Love.
Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.
The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.
Where thou art, that is home.
March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
To err is human, to forgive, divine.
He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.
Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only.
The absolute truth is the thing that makes people laugh
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.
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
People who wait for changes to occur on the outside before they commit to making changes on the inside will never make any changes at all.
What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God.
Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes; lesser ones exist on wishes and inclinations.
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
You don't need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.
Management works in the system; Leadership works on the system.
Education is the mother of leadership.
Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.
Leadership is not a position. You are not a leader because you have the title of manager. Leadership is something that we earn from followers on a day to day basis.
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
If you want to be comfortable -- take an easy job. If you aspire to leadership, take off your coat.
All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Joy runs deeper than despair
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. [Psalms 133:1]
Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.
Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries.
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. you only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
You can come to understand your purpose in life by slowing down and feeling your heart's desires.
It is a curious emotion, this certain homesickness I have in mind. With Americans, it is a national trait, as native to us as the roller-coaster or the jukebox. It is no simple longing for the home town or country of our birth. The emotion is Janus-faced: we are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.
God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk.
Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.
The most vital quality a soldier can possess is self-confidence.
Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.
If you kneel before God, you will stand before men.
The man who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.
The best work never was and never will be done for money.
The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul. [Proverbs 13:19]
Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.
I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.
The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.
Fellowship with God means warfare with the world.
The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America.
The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer, and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament.
Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God.
To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.
Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God's name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there.
When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
No statement about God is simply, literally true. God is far more than can be measured, described, defined in ordinary language, or pinned down to any particular happening.
To a very large extent men and women are a product of how they define themselves. As a result of a combination of innate ideas and the intimate influences of the culture and environment we grow up in, we come to have beliefs about the nature of being human. These beliefs penetrate to a very deep level of our psychosomatic systems, our minds and brains, our nervous systems, our endocrine systems, and even our blood and sinews. We act, speak, and think according to these deeply held beliefs and belief systems.
We say nothing essential about the cathedral when we speak of its stones. We say nothing essential about Man when we seek to define him by the qualities of men.
Your talent is God's gift to you; what you do with it is your gift to God.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept.
Love can heal a broken heart.
How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?
God is closest to those with broken hearts.
Some say opportunity knocks only once, That is not true. Opportunity knocks all the time, but you have to be ready for it. If the chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it.
Today's opportunities erase yesterday's failures.
Those who love thy law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble. [Psalms 119:165]
A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Jesus Christ is God's everything for man's total need.
If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.
If your self-worth is based on anything other than your relationship with Christ, you are in big trouble.
Justifying faith implies, not only a divine evidence or conviction that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, but a sure trust and confidence that Christ died for my sins, that He loved me and gave Himself for me.
Christ's grave was the birthplace of an indestructible belief that death is vanquished and there is life eternal.
The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.
The question is not How much may I indulge in and still be saved. God forbid! I must rather ask, What about Christ's will and the example I set for my fellow Christians?
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
Evangelism is the spontaneous overflow of a glad and free heart in Jesus Christ.
The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.
Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.
Being an extrovert isn't essential to evangelism--obedience and love are.
Evangelism as the New Testament describes it is not child's play. Evangelism is work, often hard work. Yet it is not drudgery. It puts person in good humor, and makes him truly human.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Always do more than is required of you.
The measure of a man is not the number of his servants, but in the number of people whom he serves.
Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, What good will they do you if you do not act upon them?
In the service of the Lord, it is not where but how you serve.
Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, What's in it for me?
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.
He who endeavors to serve, to benefit, and improve the world, is like a swimmer, who struggles against a rapid current, in a river lashed into angry waves by the wind. Often they roar over his head, often they beat him back and baffle him. Most men yield to the stress of the current. Only here and there the stout, strong heart and vigorous arms struggle on towards ultimate success.
The man who gives little with a smile gives more than the man who gives much with a frown.
If you wish to be a leader you will be frustrated, for very few people wish to be led. If you aim to be a servant you will never be frustrated.
Obedience to our Heavenly Father starts with our loving service to a needy brother.
Somebody did a golden deed; Somebody proved a friend in need; Somebody sang a beautiful song; Somebody smiled the whole day long; Somebody thought, 'Tis sweet to live; Somebody said, I'm glad to give; Somebody fought a valiant fight; Somebody lived to shield the right; Was that somebody you?
The more a man takes the needs of others on his own heart, the more he must take his own heart to God.
Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise.
If he works for you, you work for him.
There are at least four things you can do with your hands. You can wring them in despair; you can fold them in idleness; you can clench them in anger; or you can use them to help someone. should all be masters at lifting them up and making them feel better.
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
Let every dawn of the morning be to you as the beginning of life. And let every setting of the sun be to you as its close. Then let everyone of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others; some good strength of knowledge gained for yourself.
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Prayer is a passport to heaven. Your communication with God.
Do not make prayer a monologue -- make it a conversation.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it changes life, but that it changes you.
Prayer is less about changing the world than it is about changing ourselves.
Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
If the devil could be persuaded to write a bible, he would title it, You Only Live Once.
Someone has calculated that in fifteen minutes a day we can read the Bible through twice in a year's time.
There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.
The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.
Take the attitude of a student, Never be to big to ask questions, Never know to much to learn something new.
We are injured and hurt emotionally, Not so much by other people or what they say and don't say, But by our own attitude and our own response.
Cut your morning devotions into your personal grooming. You would not go out to work with a dirty face. Why start the day with the face of your soul unwashed?
Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
No man knows he is young while he is young.
When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
There are no uninteresting things, there are only uninterested people.
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor.
If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
Often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year's time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.
The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it.

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