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The way to push things through to a finish effectively must be learned.

There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.
There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself.
The person who does not know how to live while they are making a living is a poorer person after their wealth is won than when they started.
Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought.
Misspending a man's time is a kind of self-homicide.
The shortest period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain.
Be to their virtue very kind; be to their faults a little blind.
To see, to hear, means nothing. To recognize (or not to recognize) means everything. Between what I do recognize and what I do not recognize there stands myself. And what I do not recognize I shall continue not to recognize.
Of course in war all madnesses come out in a man, that is the fault of war not of a man or a nation.
To establish any mode to abolish war, however advantageous it might be to Nations, would be to take from such Government the most lucrative of its branches.
Resentment is weak and lowers your self-esteem.
You gave him an opportunity of showing greatness of character and he did not seize it. He will never forgive you for that.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow.
Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person against whom you hold these feelings but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you.
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the Ready- Aim-Aim-Aim Syndrome. You must be willing to fire.
Decide promptly, but never give any reasons. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong.
In making our decisions, we must use the brains that God has given us. But we must also use our hearts which He also gave us. A man who has not learned to say, No --who is not resolved that he will take God's way, in spite of every dog that can bay or bark at him, in spite of every silvery choice that woos him aside--will be a weak and a wretched man till he dies.
A decision without the pressure of consequence is hardly a decision at all.
The lives of the best of us are spent in choosing between evils.
It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.
Indecision is the seedling of fear.
Decision is a sharp knife that cuts or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was clean and straight; indecision, a dull one that hacks and tears and leaves ragged edges behind it.
When possible make the decisions now, even if action is in the future. A reviewed decision usually is better than one reached at the last moment.
Make decisions from the heart and use your head to make it work out.
I hate to see things done by halves. If it be right, do it boldly, if it be wrong leave it undone.
A man without decision can never be said to belong to himself.
Business leaders often get credit for the successful decisions that were forced on them.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
How could a man be satisfied with a decision between such alternatives and under such circumstances? No more than he can be satisfied with his hat, which he's chosen from among such shapes as the resources of the age offer him, wearing it at best with a resignation which is chiefly supported by comparison.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.
Once -- many, many years ago -- I thought I made a wrong decision. Of course, it turned out that I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought that I was wrong.
Be slow to resolve, but quick in performance.
Decision making is the specific executive task.
Everything starts with yourself -- with you making up your mind about what you're going to do with your life. I tell kids that it's a cruel world, and that the world will bend them either left or right, and it's up to them to decide which way to bend.
Every decision you make is a mistake.
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.
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness or oppose with firmness.
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.
Some people, however long their experience or strong their intellect, are temperamentally incapable of reaching firm decisions.
Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.
We are given one life, and the decision is our whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind or whether to act and, in acting, to live.
Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Decisiveness is often the art of timely cruelty.
The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief.
Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune?
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
The view from the summit is much more majestic, when its path has been littered by unsuccessful prior climbers.
Thinking negative is so easy! thinking and being positive is a challenge.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
When someone tells me there is only one way to do things, it always lights a fire under my butt. My instant reaction is, I'm going to prove you wrong!
When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.
The real challenge (in life) is to choose, hold, and operate through intelligent, uplifting, and fully empowering beliefs.
Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it.
Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
If we do not rise to the challenge of our unique capacity to shape our lives, to seek the kinds of growth that we find individually fulfilling, then we can have no security: we will live in a world of sham, in which our selves are determined by the will of others, in which we will be constantly buffeted and increasingly isolated by the changes round us.
I wanted to be scared again... I wanted to feel unsure again. That's the only way I learn, the only way I feel challenged.
When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge.
Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street.
It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe.
Someone receives a promotion, gets an important assignment, makes a major discovery, or moves into the president's office. He's lucky, an envious person remarks. He gets the breaks; they're always in his favor. In reality, luck or the breaks of life had little or nothing to do with it. So-called luck usually is found at the exact point where preparation meets opportunity. For a time, an individual may get ahead by pull, but eventually someone with push will displace him. Success is not due to a fortuitous concourse of stars at our birth, but to a steady trail of sparks from the grindstone of hard work each day.
The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.
Watch out when you're getting all you want. Fattening hogs ain't in luck.
Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.
It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.
I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.
The harder I work the luckier I get.
Shallow people believe in luck and in circumstances; Strong people believe in cause and effect.
There is no chance, and no anarchy, in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
Chance is the one thing you can't buy. You have to pay for it and you have to pay for it with your life, spending a lot of time, you pay for it with time, not the wasting of time but the spending of time.
Luck is not chance, it is toil. Fortune is expensive smile is earned.
Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.
What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.
All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck -- who keeps right on going -- is the man who is there when the good luck comes -- and is ready to receive it.
We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
Luck relies on chance, labor on character.
What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.
You don't just luck into things as much as you would like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it is friendships or opportunities.
There is no such thing as luck. It's a fancy name for being always at our duty, and so sure to be ready when good time comes.
Luck can often mean simple taking advantage of a situation at the right moment, It is possible to make your luck by being always prepared.
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
We take our shape, it is true, within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth; and yet is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most endlessly betrayed.
Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.
How long after you are gone will ripples remain as evidence that you were cast into the pool of life?
Question: Why are we Masters of our Fate, the captains of our souls? Because we have the power to control our thoughts, our attitudes. That is why many people live in the withering negative world. That is why many people live in the Positive Faith world.
If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.
There are few things more dreadful than dealing with a man who knows he is going under, in his own eyes, and in the eyes of others. Nothing can help that man. What is left of that man flees from what is left of human attention.
We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.
Every time a child says, I don't believe in fairies, there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
Temper is a weapon that we hold by the blade.
Whatever we are waiting for -- peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance -- it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present -- love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure -- the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.
Grace is available for each of us every day -- our spiritual daily bread -- but we've got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.
Because gratification of a desire leads to the temporary stilling of the mind and the experience of the peaceful, joyful Self it's no wonder that we get hooked on thinking that happiness comes from the satisfaction of desires. This is the meaning of the old adage, Joy is not in things, it is in us.
There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy.
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
If you're going to be thinking, you may as well think big.
I have no greater joy then to hear that my children walk in truth. [John 4]
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. [Philippians 2:3]
Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.
It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment.
We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.
Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.
Peace is produced by war.
A Victory without danger is a triumph without glory.
Newspapers have degenerated. They may now be absolutely relied upon.
It is the newspaper's duty to print the news and raise hell.
Republicans study the financial pages of the newspaper. Democrats put them in the bottom of the bird cage.
No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers.
Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself.
Once a newspaper touches a story the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.
I'll give anything for a good copy now, be it true or false, so it be news.
The advertisements are the most truthful part of a newspaper.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing, but newspapers.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.
I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely happier for it.
In these times we fight for ideas and newspapers are our fortress.
Don't be afraid to make a mistake, your readers might like it.
Headlines twice the size of the events.
A newspaper is a circulating library with high blood pressure.
I keep reading between the lies.
The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your own body and get interested in someone else s.
A vigorous five mile walk will do more good for an unhappy, but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness of psychology comes from its being a sublimated spiritualism: a secular, ostensibly scientific way of affirming the primacy of spirit over matter.
When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.
Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.
We have lost the art of living; and in the most important science of all, the science of daily life, the science of behavior, we are complete ignoramuses. We have psychology instead.
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
Who knows, the mind has the key to all things besides.
The mind is ever ingenious in making its own distress.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.
I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for.

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