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If you're coasting, you're either losing momentum or else you're headed downhill.

There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood.
Man is stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.
Stubbornness is the strength of the weak.
You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are decidedly bad.
The creation of a thousand forest in one acorn.
I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me.
Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
It is best to be yourself, imperial, plain and true.
So, as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants.
Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made.
Interdependency follows independence.
Silence may be golden, but can you think of a better way to entertain someone than to listen to him?
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!
Nothing annoys a woman more than to have company drop in unexpectedly and find the house looking as it usually does.
Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.
A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. [Luke 12:15]
Where no counsel is, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. [Proverbs 11:14]
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [Colossians 3:2]
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. [2 Corinthians 4:16]
A fool think he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others. [Proverbs 12:15]
Overcome evil with good. [St. Paul]]
There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. [Ecclesiastes 2:24]
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul. [Proverbs 13:19]
Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.
Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.
Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.
The winners in life treat their body as if it were a magnificent spacecraft that gives them the finest transportation and endurance for their lives.
Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.
Nothing that is God's is obtainable by money.
As long as we are persistence in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.
Personal satisfaction is the most important ingredient of success.
The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.
Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art -- an individual masterpiece.
There are no miracles for those that have no faith in them.
Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.
Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
Age is a high price to pay for maturity.
A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.
We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.
Reason gains all people by compelling none.
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.
When you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb.
It's not what you are that holds you back, It's what you think you're not.
Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.
Time is the most precious element of human existence. The successful person knows how to put energy into time and how to draw success from time.
One characteristic of winners is they always look upon themselves as a do it yourself project.
You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.
No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.
Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.
Chase your passion, not your pension.
Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. Cut your major goals into bite-sized pieces. Each small priority or requirement on the way to ultimate goal become a mini goal in itself.
Life is the movie you see through your own eyes. It makes little difference what's happening out there. It's how you take it that counts.
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy.
To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.
Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.
The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others.
You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.
Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.
Try to treat with equal love all the people with whom you have relations. Thus the abyss between 'myself' and 'yourself' will be filled in, which is the goal of all religious worship.
Precious gems are profoundly buried in the earth and can only be extracted at the expense of great labor.
Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow -- that is patience.
All of us could take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.
Acquire a firm will and the utmost patience.
The most unhappy of all men is the man who cannot tell what he is going to do, who has got no work cut-out for him in the world, and does not go into it. For work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind,honest work, which you intend getting done.
Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age -- as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.
You've got to keep fighting; you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive
Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts.
It is better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.
I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
I love being a writer, what I can't stand is the paperwork.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
The next day is never so good as the day before.
Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
God hath entrusted me with myself.
No man is free who is not a master of himself.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
No person is important enough to make me angry.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
The size of a man is measured by the size of the thing that makes him angry.
When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
The weakest spot in any person is where they think themselves to be the wisest.
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
First deserve then desire.
I know that no one can really stop me but myself and that really no one can help me but myself.
A strict belief, fate is the worst kind of slavery; on the other hand there is comfort in the thought that God will be moved by our prayers.
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be.
Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal you'll be sick.
The flower of kindness will grow. Maybe not now, but it will some day. And in kind that kindness will flow, For kindness grows in this way.
The vices we scoff at in others, laugh at us within ourselves.
It is a fact that you project what you are.
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
It's not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.
Make good habits and they will make you.
Any idiot can get laid when they're famous. That's easy. It's getting laid when you're not famous that takes some talent.
The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication
He that does good to another does good also to himself.
The gates of Hell are open night and day; smooth the descent, and easy is the way: but, to return, and view the cheerful skies; in this, the task and mighty labor lies.
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
It's easy to say no! when there's a deeper yes! burning inside.
Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.
In addition to self-awareness, imagination and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment-independent will-that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day.
Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that crushed it.
Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity
Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return. Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
Many divorces are not really the result of irreparable injury but involve, instead, a desire on the part of the man or woman to shatter the setup, start out from scratch alone, and make life work for them all over again. They want the risk of disaster, want to touch bottom, see where bottom is, and, coming up, to breathe the air with relief and relish again.
Self-love seems so often unrequited.
Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years.
Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.
Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.
To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.
There often seems to be a playfulness to wise people, as if either their equanimity has as its source this playfulness or the playfulness flows from the equanimity; and they can persuade other people who are in a state of agitation to calm down and manage a smile.
Like a kick in the butt, the force of events wakes slumberous talents.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose: What a wonderful opportunity o start all over again, to turn over a new page.
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.
Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.

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