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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

Writing is thinking on paper.
Don't worry over what other people are thinking about you. They're too busy worrying over what you are thinking about them.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
It's not what's happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it's your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you're going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.
The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.
Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.
Everything changes, nothing remains without change.
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.
When the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.
He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
Seek always for the answer within. Be not influenced by those around you, by their thoughts or their words
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.
The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.
Truth lies within ourselves: it takes no rise from outward things, whatever you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness and to Know rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape than in effecting entry for light supposed to be without.
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.
Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.
If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people -- including me -- would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
Truth never damages a cause that is just.
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
All books are either dreams or swords.
When you dream alone, with your eyes shut, asleep, that dream is an illusion. But when we dream together, sharing the same dream, awake and with our eyes wide open, then that dream becomes reality!
The more you can dream, the more you can do.
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.
Dream the impossible dream, Fight the unbeatable foe, Strive with your last ounce of courage, to reach the unreachable star.
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.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.
You live with your thoughts -- so be careful what they are.
Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.
Success... seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.
You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
The discipline of desire is the background of character.
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.
A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Smile; it the second best thing one can do with one's lips.
Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in their actions.
Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself thinking once or twice a week.
The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
Thinking is not to agree or disagree. That is voting.
Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go.
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
Most bosses know instinctively that their power depends more on employee's compliance than on threats or sanctions.
I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love.
Prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering, or giving; prayer is a support for all other efforts.
Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.
Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
You can come to understand your purpose in life by slowing down and feeling your heart's desires.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.
We find it hard to believe that other people's thoughts are as silly as our own, but they probably are.
When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never -- in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
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.
All human activity is prompted by desire.
Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
If you can accept losing you can't win. If you can walk you can run. No one is ever hurt. Hurt is in your mind.
Winning is not a sometime thing; It's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time.
Mental toughness is many things. It is humility because it behooves all of us to remember that simplicity is the sign of greatness and meekness is the sign of true strength. Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.
Love is made by two people, in different kinds of solitude. It can be in a crowd, but in an oblivious crowd.
Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
Not all of us have to possess earthshaking talent. Just common sense and love will do.
Do you want to know a good way to fall in love? Just associate with all your pleasant experiences with someone, and disassociate from all the unpleasant ones.
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.
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.
Nobody knows what you want except you. And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don't get it. Wanting some other way to live is proof enough of deserving it. Having it is hard work, but not having it is sheer hell.
If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
Nothing in life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.
It is a good thing that life is not as serious as it seems to a waiter.
Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.
Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
The proof of gold is fire...
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is due to the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says, Anywhere but here.
Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.
Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.
It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you've got to have is faith and discipline when you're not yet a winner.
Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
The only discipline that last is self discipline.
Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages.
Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren't still there, he's no longer a political leader.
To love another person is to see the face of God. [Les Miserables]
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it--this is knowledge.
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.
If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth.
Thought precedes action, action does not always precede thought.
If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening.
Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan, whose blood is in your own veins. Love between a man and a woman is founded on the mating instinct and is not free from desire and self-seeking. But to have a friend and to be true under any and all trials is the mark of a man!
Friendship should be a private pleasure, not a public boast. I loathe those braggarts who are forever trying to invest themselves with importance by calling important people by their first names in or out of print. Such first-naming for effect makes me cringe.
When all is said and done, friendship is the only trustworthy fabric of the affections. So-called love is a delirious inhuman state of mind: when hot it substitutes indulgence for fair play; when cold it is cruel, but friendship is warmth in cold, firm ground in a bog.
The essence of true friendship is to make allowance for another's little lapses.
Friendship can only exist between persons with similar interests and points of view. Man and woman by the conventions of society are born with different interests and different points of view.

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