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Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.

Tell the audience what you're going to say, say it; then tell them what you've said.
The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
Tell me what gives a man or woman their greatest pleasure and I'll tell you their philosophy of life.
The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon--instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still.
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.
Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
The royal road to a man's heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.
If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.
Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.
Only to the extent that someone is living out this self transcendence of human existence, is he truly human or does he become his true self. He becomes so, not by concerning himself with his self's actualization, but by forgetting himself and giving himself, overlooking himself and focusing outward.
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.
Everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedom -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization.
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.
You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
People who say that life is not worthwhile are really saying that they themselves have no personal goals which are worthwhile. Get yourself a goal worth working for. Better still, get yourself a project. Always have something ahead of you to look forward to -- to work for and hope for.
Close scrutiny will show that most crisis situations are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.
To change a habit, make a conscious decision, then act out the new behavior.
Study the situation thoroughly, go over in your imagination the various courses of action possible to you and the consequences which can and may follow from each course. Pick out the course which gives the most promise and go ahead.
Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as you can change your beliefs.
This is where you will win the battle -- in the playhouse of your mind.
One of the reasons it has seemed so difficult for a person to change his habits, his personality, or his way of life, has been that heretofore nearly all efforts at change have been directed to the circumference of the self, so to speak, rather than to the center.
We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.
What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live -- with your self-respect alive and growing.
Live in the present. The past is gone; the future is unknown -- but the present is real, and your opportunities are now. You must see these opportunities; they must be real for you. The catch is that they can't seem real if your mind is buried in past failures, if you keep reliving old mistakes, old guilts, old tragedies. Fight your way above the many inevitable Traumatizations of your ego, escape damnation by the past, and look to the opportunities of the present. I don't mean some vague moment in the present -- next week or next month, perhaps. I mean today, this minute.
Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.
Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become
Realizing that our actions, feelings and behavior are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality.
The self-image is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior.
Accept yourself as you are. Otherwise you will never see opportunity. You will not feel free to move toward it; you will feel you are not deserving.
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk -- and to act.
You can do only one thing at a time. I simply tackle one problem and concentrate all efforts on what I am doing at the moment.
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.
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.
Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.
The greatest act of faith is when a man understands he is not God.
It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.
Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
People can be divided into two classes: those who go ahead and do something, and those who sit still and inquire, why wasn't it done the other way?
Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.
Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.
You commit a sin of omission if you do not utilize all the power that is within you. All men have claims on man, and to the man with special talents, this is a very special claim. It is required that a man take part in the actions and clashes of his time that the peril of being judged not to have lived at all.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its great scholars great men.
As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Old books, you know well, are books of the world's youth, and new books are the fruits of its age.
Little-minded people's thoughts move in such small circles that five minutes conversation gives you an arc long enough to determine their whole curve.
Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.
The greatest tragedy in America is not the destruction of our natural resources, though that tragedy is great. The truly great tragedy is the destruction of our human resources by our failure to fully utilize our abilities, which means that most men and women go to their graves with their music still in them.
If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it around. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say: meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it, and had better be on speaking terms with it.
Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.
Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.
Every calling is great when greatly pursued.
Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.
Our dead brothers still live for us and bid us think of life, not death -- of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and glory of Spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil, our trumpets, sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.
A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!
The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to ones self: The work is done. But just as one says that, the answer comes: The race is over, but the work never is done while the power to work remains. The canter that brings you to a standstill need not be only coming to rest. It cannot be while you still live. For to live is to function. That is all there is in living.
Life is a romantic business. It is painting a picture, not doing a sumbut you have to make the romance, and it will come to the question how much fire you have in your belly.
I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.
The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession.
A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.
I never guess. It is a shocking habit -- destructive to the logical faculty.
My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
Example is leadership.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others.
As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible but more mysterious.
Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.
Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.
Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will -- his personal responsibility.
Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them.
One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
Physical misery is great everywhere out here [Africa]. Are we justified in shutting our eyes and ignoring it because our European newspapers tell us nothing about it? We civilised people have been spoilt. If any one of us is ill the doctor comes at once. Is an operation necessary, the door of some hospital or other opens to us immediately. But let every one reflect on the meaning of the fact that out here millions and millions live without help or hope of it. Every day thousands and thousands endure the most terrible sufferings, though medical science could avert them. Every day there prevails in many and many a far-off hut a despair which we could banish. Will each of my readers think what the last ten years of his family history would have been if they had been passed without medical or surgical help of any sort? It is time that we should wake from slumber and face our responsibilities!
The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never -- in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Never, never, never, never give up.
I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.
No crime is so great as daring to excel.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.
I am easily satisfied with the very best.
When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use the pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time; a tremendous whack.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
I never worry about action, but only inaction.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Short words are the best and old words when short are best of all.
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Danger -- if you meet it promptly and without flinching -- you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
It's no use saying, We are doing our best. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gongthese are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.
Twenty to twenty-five! These are the years! Dont be content with things as they are. Dont take No for an answer. Never submit to failure. Do not be fobbed off with mere personal success or acceptance. You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her. She was made to be wooed and won by youth. She has lived and thrived only by repeated subjugations.
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give".
We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm.
I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light.
If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.
I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.
If I have seen further... it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
If I am anything, which I highly doubt, I have made myself so by hard work.
This most beautiful system [The Universe] could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.
There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause. Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell em, Certainly I can! -- and get busy and find out how to do it.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.
We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ?I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.? You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.

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