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Start early and begin raising the bar throughout the day.

I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win -- if you don't you won t.
To me, the definition of focus is knowing exactly where you want to be today, next week, next month, next year, then never deviating from your plan. Once you can see, touch and feel your objective, all you have to do is pull back and put all your strength behind it, and you'll hit your target every time.
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
There are confessable agonies, sufferings of which one can positively be proud. Of bereavement, of parting, of the sense of sin and the fear of death the poets have eloquently spoken. They command the world's sympathy. But there are also discreditable anguishes, no less excruciating than the others, but of which the sufferer dare not, cannot speak. The anguish of thwarted desire, for example.
The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hall-mark of true science.
We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
Most ignorance is evincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.
A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Every man's memory is his private literature.
Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength.
The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
An atheist is a person who has no invisible means of support
To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
Classic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. ROLLING IN THE MUCK IS NOT THE BEST WAY OF GETTING CLEAN.
There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all the virtues are of no avail.
Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.
We participate in tragedy. At comedy we only look.
So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, the Caesars and Napoleons will arise to make them miserable.
Ignore death up to the last moment; then, when it can't be ignored any longer, have yourself squirted full of morphia and shuffle off in a coma. Thoroughly sensible, humane and scientific, eh?
Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words.
There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.
We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered it.
There is no alleviation for the sufferings of mankind except veracity of thought and of action, and the resolute facing of the world as it is when the garment of make-believe by which pious hands have hidden its uglier features is stripped off.
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit, either in science or in practical life.
There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.
Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
There is no sea more dangerous than the ocean of practical politics -- none in which there is more need of good pilots and of a single, unfaltering purpose when the waves rise high.
It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.
I know of no department of natural science more likely to reward a man who goes into it thoroughly than anthropology. There is an immense deal to be done in the science pure and simple, and it is one of those branches of inquiry which brings one into contact with the great problems of humanity in every direction.
Science is simply common sense at its best--that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.
In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact rarely get as far as fact.
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment.
It is a process of diverting one's scattered forces into one powerful channel.
You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence.
A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him. He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph.
Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.
He who would be useful, strong, and happy must cease to be a passive receptacle for the negative, beggarly, and impure streams of thought; and as a wise householder commands his servants and invites his guests, so must he learn to command his desires and to say, with authority, what thoughts he shall admit into the mansion of his soul.
For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts.
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.
You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.
He who possesses the source of enthusiasm will achieve great things. Doubt not. You will gather friends around you as a hair clasp gathers the hair.
One should act in consonance with the way of heaven and earth, which is enduring and eternal. The superior man perseveres long in his course, adapts to the times, but remains firm in his direction and correct in his goals.
The responses of human beings vary greatly under dangerous circumstances. The strong man advances boldly to meet them head on. The weak man grows agitated. But the superior man stands up to fate, endures resolutely in his inner certainty If ignorant both
We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance.
People say to me, You were a roaring success. How did you do it? I go back to what my parents taught me. Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make something happen.
The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.
So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
When the product is right, you don't have to be a great marketer.
If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got.
The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.
I think over again my small adventures, my fears, These small ones that seemed so big. For all the vital things I had to get and to reach. And yet there is only one great thing, The only thing. To live to see the great day that dawns And the light that fills the world.
If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. If it isn't true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.
God does not treat us as our sins deserve, man treats us as our sins deserve.
You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.
The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population -- the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority.
It was then that I began to look into the seams of your doctrine. I wanted only to pick at a single knot; but when I had got that undone, the whole thing raveled out. And then I understood that it was all machine-sewn.
Castles in the air - -they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build as well.
A forest bird never wants a cage.
The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.
The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
What light is to the eyes -- what air is to the lungs -- what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed and calm.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless.
Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science.
Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.
There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. The heart is her world: it is there her ambition strives for empire; it is there her avarice seeks for hidden treasures. She sends forth her sympathies on adventure; she embarks her whole soul on the traffic of affection; and if shipwrecked, her case is hopeless -- for it is a bankruptcy of the heart.
Never take counsel of your fears.
In every veil you see, the Divine Beauty is concealed, making every heart a slave to him. In love to him the heart finds its life; in desire for him the soul finds its happiness. The heart which loves a fair one here, though it knows it not, is really his lover.
The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
The President is the people's lobbyist.
Each child is an adventure into a better life --an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.
I learned more about the economy from one South Dakota dust storm than I did in all my years of college.
When people generally are aware of a problem, it can be said to have entered the public consciousness. When people get on their hind legs and holler, the problem has not only entered the public consciousness -- it has also become a part of the public conscience. At that point, things in our democracy begin to hum.
The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.
Never mistake motion for action.
Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around.
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.
Without discipline, there is no life at all.
Man's character is his fate.
Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
The destiny of man is in his own soul
All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things -- to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
Enthusiasm is a vital element toward the individual success of every man or woman.
Success... seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
There is no substitute for virtue. Keep your thoughts virtuous. Rise above the filth that's all around you in this world and stand tall in strength and virtue. You can do this and you will be happier for it for as long as you live. God bless you in cherishing, developing and holding on to this great gift, the quality of personal virtue.
Nobility doesn't lie in surpassing the other man, but in surpassing the previous self.
Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down.
Subdue fate by exerting human strength to the maximum; and if, when the effort has been made and success is not achieved, no one else can be blamed.
Youth, abundant wealth, high birth, and inexperience, are, each of them a source of ruin. What then must be the fate of those in whom all four are combined.
As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.
He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy.
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.
Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.
The greatest weariness comes from work not done.
Man staggers through life yapped at by his reason, pulled and shoved by his appetites, whispered to by fears, beckoned by hopes. Small wonder that what he craves most is self-forgetting.

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