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Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Do Something. If it works, do more of it. If it doesn't, do something else.
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another, but above all try something.
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
Towering genius disdains a beaten path.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my ax.
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.
He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero; that for every selfish Politician, there is a dedicated leader… Teach him for every enemy there is a friend, Steer him away from envy, if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick… Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books… But also give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and the flowers on a green hillside. In the school teach him it is far honourable to fail than to cheat… Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong… Teach him to be gentle with gentle people, and tough with the tough. Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the band wagon… Teach him to listen to all men… but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth, and take only the good that comes through. Teach him if you can, how to laugh when he is sad… Teach him there is no shame in tears, Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness… Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul. Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob and to stand and fight if he thinks he’s right. Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel. Let him have the courage to be impatient… let him have the patience to be brave. Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will have sublime faith in mankind. This is a big order, but see what you can do… He is such a fine little fellow, my son!
I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem -- and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were--to the very last minute--a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
Fortune favors the prepared mind.
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal, My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
If a man has done his best, what else is there?
I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.
There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to your fear.
You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.
I do not fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?
A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.
Take calculated risks. This is quite different from being rash.
Always do more than is required of you.
A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.
Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, Thus far and no farther.
The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion. It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider -- and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation -- persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.
What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.
As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.
Time stays long enough for those who use it.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.
If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.
Life is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you're gonna get.
The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he justly entitled.
The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.
The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell.
The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.
Concentrate; put all your eggs in one basket, and watch that basket...
Concentration is my motto -- first honesty, then industry, then concentration.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
The battle is all over except the shouting when one knows what is wanted and has made up his mind to get it, whatever the price may be.
Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.
No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.
We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted.
You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.
It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.
The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.
No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.
Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.
There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle...
Our minds become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds and these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.
No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.
Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.
What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement.
The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.
Every well built house started in the form of a definite purpose plus a definite plan in the nature of a set of blueprints.
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
Thoughts mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire are powerful things.
Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.
Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.
Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.
Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.
Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.
Do it now! can affect every phase of your life. It can help you do the things you should do but don't feel like doing. It can keep you from procrastinating when an unpleasant duty faces you. But it can also help you do those things that you want to do. It helps you seize those precious moments that, if lost, may never be retrieved.
Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
Your real boss is the one who walks around under your hat.
Set your target and keep trying until you reach it.
Cherish you visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate achievements.
It is always your next move.
The jack-of-all-trades seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim.
Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.
If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.
No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy -- unless you let him.
If your imagination leads you to understand how quickly people grant your requests when those requests appeal to their self-interest, you can have practically anything you go after.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
I start where the last man left off.
There's a way to do better... find it.
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
I have not failed. I've just found 10, 000 ways that won't work.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.
To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. that's not the place to become discouraged.
When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.
Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
Hell, there are no rules here, we are trying to accomplish something.
Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
The best thinking has been done in solitude.
There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
There ain't no rules around here, we're trying to accomplish something.
Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.
I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
There is no substitute for hard work.
Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.

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