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Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.
That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
Grant that I may be successful in molding one of my pupils into a perfect poem, and let me leave within her deepest-felt melody that she may sing for you when my lips shall sing no more.
The ultimate goal of a more effective and efficient life is to provide you with enough time to enjoy some of it.
Receiving a new truth is like adding a new sense.
You must understand that seeing is believing, but also know that believing is seeing.
What is more important in a library than anything else -- than everything else -- is the fact that it exists.
I am not influenced by the expectation of promotion or pecuniary reward. I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary for the public good, becomes honorable by being necessary.
A wise man turns chance into good fortune.
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
We must not in the course of public life expect immediate approbation and immediate grateful acknowledgment of our services. But let us persevere through abuse and even injury. The internal satisfaction of a good conscience is always present, and time will do us justice in the minds of the people, even those at present the most prejudiced against us.
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. More difficult, because there is no zeitgeist to read, no template to follow, no masks to wear.
The pest of society are the egotist, they are dull and bright, sacred and profane, course and fine. It is a disease that like the flu falls on all constitutions.
If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
Money is the fruit of evil, as often as the root of it.
Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
Opinions that are well rooted should grow and change like a healthy tree.
To say that a thing has never yet been done among men is to erect a barrier stronger than reason, stronger than discussion.
The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.
Be glad today. Tomorrow may bring tears. Be brave today. The darkest night will pass. And golden rays will usher in the dawn.
I know there is a God, and that He hates injustice and slavery. I see the storm coming, and I know that His hand is in it. If he has a place and work for meand I think He hasI believe I am ready.
Joy’s smile is much closer to tears than laughter.
If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
Confidence is the result of hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.
Leaders create an environment which everyone has the opportunity to do work which matches his potential capability and for which an equitable differential reward is provided.
Prayer is less about changing the world than it is about changing ourselves.
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
With so much information now online, it is exceptionally easy to simply dive in and drown.
I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.
The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.
I would have the studies elective. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the attractions the study has for himself. The marking is a system for schools, not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to put on a professor.
We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.
Humanism was not wrong in thinking that truth, beauty, liberty, and equality are of infinite value, but in thinking that man can get them for himself without grace.
An open foe may prove a curse, but a pretended friend is worse.
You cannot go ahead while you are getting even.
Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.
Life is like a hand of cards. You have to play the hand you're dealt, you can't win by folding, and sometimes you must take chances in order to win.
The attitude of unhappiness is not only painful, it is mean and ugly. What can be more base and unworthy than the pining, puling, mumping mood, no matter by what outward ills it may have been engendered? What is more injurious to others? What less helpful as a way out of the difficulty? It but fastens and perpetuates the trouble which occasioned it, and increases the total evil of the situation. At all costs, then, we ought to reduce the sway of that mood; we ought to scout it in ourselves and others, and never show it tolerance.
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience.
If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.
Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.
The loftier the building the deeper the foundation must be.
Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.
Gratitude helps you to grow and expands; gratitude brings you and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.
Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.
If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
If, at first, you do succeed, try to hide your astonishment.
Laughter is the most healthful exertion.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
The only certainty is that nothing is certain.
I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.
A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.
Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.
If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.
A true knowledge of ourselves is knowledge of our power.
Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.
What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life... I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.
Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
Though you are disappointed is hope; never let hope fail you! Though one door is shut, there are thousands still open to you.
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same kind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of literature and speech and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.
If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
The thing that goes the farthest towards making life worth while, That costs the least, and does the most, is just a pleasant smile.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Without passion, you don’t have energy; without energy, you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
The two best physicians of them all -- Dr. Laughter and Dr. Sleep.
Those that are a friend to themselves are sure to be a friend to all.
We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.
Intellectually I know America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.
The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.
The rules which experience suggest are better than those which theorists elaborate in their libraries.
Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.
When I grip the wheel too tight, I find I lose control.
The best ballplayer's the one who doesn't think he made good. He keeps trying to convince you.
Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
Since others have to tolerate my weaknesses, it is only fair that I should tolerate theirs.
When we think we lead we are most led.
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
You can't steal second base with your foot on first.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Why did I want to win? because I didn't want to lose!
Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
Gentleness corrects whatever is offensive in our manner.
When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those we hate.
Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
It takes so little to make people happy. Just a touch, If we know how to give it, just a word fitly spoken, a slight readjustment of some bolt or pin or bearing in the delicate machinery of a soul.
If women were humbler, men would be more honest.
Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.
Take no thought for tomorrow; for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself. [Matthew 6:34]
You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.
Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Peace, like charity, begins at home.
Let us be poised, and wise, and our own, today.
It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders.
It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others.
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
Adultery itself in its principle is many times nothing but a curious inquisition after, and envy of another man's enclosed pleasures: and there have been many who refused fairer objects that they might ravish an enclosed woman from her retirement and single possessor.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
Who ever does not respect confidence will never find happiness in their path.
The more sympathy you give, the less you need.
He who would search for pearls must dive below.
Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sake, but for the nations sake. Nothing matters more to the future of our country: not military preparedness for armed might is worthless if we lack the brain power to build a world of peace; not our productive economy for we cannot sustain growth without trained manpower; not our democratic system of government for freedom is fragile if citizens are ignorant.
All things need watching, working at, caring for and marriage is no exception. Marriage is not something to be treated indifferently, or abused or something that simply takes care of itself. Nothing neglected will remain as it was or is, or will fail to deteriorate. All things need attention care and concern and especially so in this most sensitive of all relationships of life.
When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word succeed, you find that it simply means to follow through.
Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it is a business.
The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.
There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
One must be aware that one is continually being tested in what one wishes most in order to make clear whether one's heart is on earth or in heaven.
Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities.
My plan of instruction is extremely simple and limited. They learn, on week-days, such coarse works as may fit them for servants. I allow of no writing for the poor. My object is not to make fanatics, but to train up the lower classes in habits of industry and piety.
Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
It is not enough for theory to describe and analyze, it must itself be an event in the universe it describes. In order to do this theory must partake of and become the acceleration of this logic. It must tear itself from all referents and take pride only in the future. Theory must operate on time at the cost of a deliberate distortion of present reality.
Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
[Only by] the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
You were not born with the habit of brushing your teeth. With persistent action, over a period of time, you developed the habit. Now, I'll bet you would never consider going a week without brushing.
Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have it's fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
Be interesting, be enthusiastic ... and don't talk too much.

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