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The less you know, the more you think you know, because you don't know you don't know.

Leap, and the net will appear.
A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Todays military rejects include tomorrows hard core unemployed.
We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
Any perception can connect us to reality properly and fully. What we see doesn't have to be pretty, particularly; we can appreciate anything that exists. There is some principle of magic in everything, some living quality. Something living, something real, is taking place in everything.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.
The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much.
Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
The person with a fixed goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is thus enabled, thanks to its generative and sustaining power, to realize his goal in a minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just pursue the thought unceasingly. Step by step you will achieve realization, for all your faculties and powers become directed to that end.
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information.
Be smart, but never show it.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution. Poignant longings for beauty, for an end to probing below the surface, for a redemption and celebration of the body of the world. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
Take the trouble to stop and think of the other person's feelings, his viewpoints, his desires and needs. Think more of what the other fellow wants, and how he must feel.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life.
Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view.
People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves.
The noblest vengeance is to forgive.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.
We are all captives of the picture in our head -- our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists.
When you are making a success of something, it's not work. It's a way of life. You enjoy yourself because you are making your contribution to the world.
Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.
It's so hard when I have to, And so easy when I want to.
Our power is in our ability to decide.
When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of Peace.
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
As long as you know what it is you desire, then by simply affirming that it is yours -- firmly and positively, with no ifs, buts, or maybes -- over and over again, from the minute you arise in the morning until the time you go to sleep at night, and as many times during the day as your work or activities permit, you will be drawn to those people, places, and events that will bring your desires to you.
Everything changes, nothing remains without change.
It is a mark of soulfulness to be present in the here and now. When we are present, we are not fabricating inner movies. We are seeing what is before us.
Integrity has no need of rules.
You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
You don't have to get it right the first time.
Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.
There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
Self conquest is the greatest of victories.
A man can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
Mastery passes often for egotism.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
There's always a way -- if you're committed.
Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.
A man can do anything he wants to do in this world, at least if he wants to do it badly enough.
In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.
He is the most powerful who has himself, in his power.
When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
What you seek, exists within you. Every resource you need is available to you.
Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Only one thing registers on the subconscious mind: repetitive application -- practice. What you practice is what you manifest.
Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.
Choose rather to punish your appetites than be punished by them.
Managers are people who do things right; leaders are people who do the right thing.
The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.
A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the full value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
Those who resolve to conquer or die, are rarely conquered.
A drug is neither moral nor immoral -- it's a chemical compound. The compound itself is not a menace to society until a human being treats it as if consumption bestowed a temporary license to act like an asshole.
The greatest people will be those who possess the best capacities, cultivated with the best habits.
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
Beware of one who has nothing to lose.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others happy.
Like what you do, if you don't like it, do something else.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; The wise grows it under his feet.
Do everything as in the eye of another.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
To live fully is to let go and die with each passing moment, and to be reborn in each new one.
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
Begin to read a book that will help you move toward your dream.
Everybody sets out to do something, and everybody does something, but no one does what he sets out to do.
If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself.
Success... it's what you do with what you've got.
Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.
Happiness is a journey not a destination.
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.
Pay your people the least possible and you'll get from them the same.
Goodness is the only investment which never fails.
When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.
Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
Before buying anything, it is well to ask if one could do without it.
The worst sin... is... to be indifferent.
Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; Wisdom is humble that it knows no more.
What great things would you attempt if you knew you could not fail.
You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.
Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
What do we live for; if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?
It's not who jumps the highest -- it's who wants it the most
Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
Happiness doesn't come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.
To see things in the seed is genius.
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
The fear of being wrong is the prime inhibitor of the creative process.
Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought.
There is not in nature, a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger.
Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.
Things don't go wrong, they simply happen.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.
A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. [Proverbs 27:19]
The one thing that matters is the effort.
Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.
It's pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious.
Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.
It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.
The sage does not hoard. Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more; having given all he has to others, he is richer still.
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.
Don't wait for someone to take you under their wing. Find a good wing and climb up underneath it.
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.
The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Most people are willing to pay more to be amused than to be educated.

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