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To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.

Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
Energy and persistence alter all things.
Nothing preaches better than the act.
Well done, is better than well said.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
To be thrown upon one's own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.
There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means -- either may do -- the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.
The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
The things which hurt, instruct.
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.
Plough deep while sluggards sleep.
There are no gains without pains.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, make the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
Every accent, every emphasis, every modulation of voice, was so perfectly well turned and well placed, that, without being interested in the subject, one could not help being pleased with the discourse; a pleasure of much the same kind with that received from an excellent piece of music. This is an advantage itinerant preachers have over those who are stationary, as the latter can not well improve their delivery of a sermon by so many rehearsals.
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.
Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.
Observe all men, thyself most.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
Never confuse motion with action.
Read much, but not many books.
A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride and four times as much by our foolishness.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
He that rises late must trot all day.
Tomorrow every fault is to be amended; but tomorrow never comes.
Waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do, and with them everything.
Industry, perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield.
He does not posses wealth that allows it to possess him.
It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.
While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.
Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly.
It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquillity and occupation which give happiness.
The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset.
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
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.
In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
I cannot live without books.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
How much pain worries have cost us that have never happened?
Nothing gives a person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
With your talents and industry, with science, and that stedfast honesty which eternally pursues right, regardless of consequences, you may promise yourself every thingbut health, without which there is no happiness. An attention to health then should take place of every other object. The time necessary to secure this by active exercises, should be devoted to it in preference to every other pursuit.
Perfect happiness I believe was never intended by the deity to be the lot of any one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I as stedfastly believe.
A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life. 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation. It is better be alone than in bad company.
The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.
You are remembered for the rules you break.
There's no security on this earth, only opportunity.
Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.
It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.
In war there is no substitute for victory.
It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.
Last, but by no means least, courage-moral courage, the courage of one's convictions, the courage to see things through. The world ;is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It's the age-old struggle-the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your ;conscience on the other.
I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest. I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have.
Study men, not historians.
It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.
How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?
Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.
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.
We've learned how to destroy, but not to create; how to waste, but not to build; how to kill men, but not how to save them; how to die, but seldom how to live.
We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.
The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.
Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds.
Deny yourself! You must deny yourself! That is the song that never ends.
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
How can we know ourselves? Never by reflection, but only through action. Begin at once to do your duty and immediately you will know what is inside you.
People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.
No prudent antagonist thinks light of his adversaries.
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
Don't dissipate your powers; strive to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it will surely repent of every ill-judged outlay.
Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune's always here.
The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.
A distracted existence leads us to no goal.
There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.
Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.
Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.
The man who is born with a talent which he was meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.
What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.
The highest happiness of man is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
Those are dead even for this life who hope for no other.
The history of mankind is his character.
Man... knows only when he is satisfied and when he suffers, and only his sufferings and his satisfactions instruct him concerning himself, teach him what to seek and what to avoid. For the rest, man is a confused creature; he knows not whence he comes or whither he goes, he knows little of the world, and above all, he knows little of himself.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
What is not fully understood is not possessed.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.
Everywhere, we learn only from those whom we love.
There are nine requisites for contented living: HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure; WEALTH enough to support your needs; STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them; GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them; PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished; CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor; LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others; FAITH enough to make real the things of God; HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
Life is the childhood of our immortality.
A person hears only what they understand.
The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
We are the slaves of objects around us, and appear little or important according as these contract or give us room to expand.
The world is for thousands a freak show; the images flicker past and vanish; the impressions remain flat and unconnected in the soul. Thus they are easily led by the opinions of others, are content to let their impressions be shuffled and rearranged and evaluated differently.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.
It is in human nature to relax, when not compelled by personal advantage or disadvantage.
The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it.
To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.
The right man is the one that seizes the moment.
The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.
We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time.
Oral delivery aims at persuasion and making the listener believe they are converted. Few persons are capable of being convinced; the majority allow themselves to be persuaded.
People have a peculiar pleasure in making converts, that is, in causing others to enjoy what they enjoy, thus finding their own likeness represented and reflected back to them.
To make converts is the natural ambition of everyone.
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy
Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.
If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.
There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.
We all have possibilities we don't know about. We can do things we don't even dream we can do.
First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.
Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.
There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.

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