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The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Read, read, read. Read everything-- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.
The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.
The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
I am more important than my problems.
A man, when he wishes, is the master of his fate.
It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes.
You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself.
It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.
Success is the sum of details.
A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often has no opportunity to exercise judgment.
Either you think -- or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.
I don't want to live -- I want to love first, and live incidentally.
Oh, the secret life of man and woman --dreaming how much better we would be than we are if we were somebody else or even ourselves, and feeling that our estate has been unexploited to its fullest.
To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.
The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
In whatever position you find yourself determine first your objective.
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
Of all the passions of mankind, the love of novelty most rules the mind. In search of this, from realm to realm we roam. Our fleets come loaded with every folly home.
Failure is success if we learn from it.
When you cease to dream you cease to live.
The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.
What's an expert? I read somewhere, that the more a man knows, the more he knows, he doesn't know. So I suppose one definition of an expert would be someone who doesn't admit out loud that he knows enough about a subject to know he doesn't really know how much.
When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.
By the time we've made it, we've had it.
People who matter are most aware that everyone else does, too.
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
Everybody has to be somebody to somebody to be anybody.
Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful.
Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.
Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.
The best vision is insight.
Some self-confronting questions: Where do I want to be at any given time? How am I going to get there? What do I have to do to get myself from where I am to where I want to be?... What's the first, small step I can take to get moving?
The object of living is work, experience, and happiness. There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us someone else's work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few engage in it.
It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.
He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.
Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.
The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence.
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Don't find fault, find a remedy.
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.
Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!
Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do to more for the betterment of life.
I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.
I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.
There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.
Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.
Many people think that by hoarding money they are gaining safety for themselves. if money is your ONLY hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a person can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability. Without these qualities, money is practically useless.
A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.
If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world.
Determination that just won't quit -- that's what it takes.
You get out in front -- you stay out in front.
The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.
Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love.
Tis better to understand, than to be understood.
Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
Laziness may appear attractive but work gives satisfaction.
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
The doctor should be opaque to his patients and, like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.
One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be happy is not included in the plan of Creation.
Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.
I have found little that is good about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash, no matter whether they publicly subscribe to this or that ethical doctrine or to none at all. That is something that you cannot say aloud, or perhaps even think.
We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.
Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.
The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.
The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.
Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young.
We have long observed that every neurosis has the result, and therefore probably the purpose, of forcing the patient out of real life, of alienating him from actuality.
The time comes when each one of us has to give up as illusions the expectations which, in his youth, he pinned upon his fellow-men, and when he may learn how much difficulty and pain has been added to his life by their ill-will.
The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us -- of becoming happy -- is not attainable: yet we may not -- nay, cannot -- give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other.
He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Look into the depths of your own soul and learn first to know yourself, then you will understand why this illness was bound to come upon you and perhaps you will thenceforth avoid falling ill.
A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.
If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
We are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our own body, which is doomed to decay and dissolution and which cannot even do without pain and anxiety as warning signals; from the external world, which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless forces of destruction; and finally from our relations to other men. The suffering which comes from this last source is perhaps more painful than any other.
The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want?
Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.
The ego is not master in its own house.
Conscience is the internal perception of the rejection of a particular wish operating within us.
Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.
By alienation is meant a mode of experience in which the person experiences himself as an alien. He has become, one might say, estranged from himself. He does not experience himself as the center of his world, as the creator of his own acts -- but his acts and their consequences have become his masters, whom he obeys, or whom he may even worship. The alienated person is out of touch with himself as he is out of touch with any other person. He, like the others, is experienced as things are experienced; with the senses and with common sense, but at the same time without being related to oneself and to the world outside positively.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.
If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?
There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by unfolding of his powers.
The pace of science forces the pace of technique. Theoretical physics forces atomic energy on us; the successful production of the fission bomb forces upon us the manufacture of the hydrogen bomb. We do not choose our problems, we do not choose our products; we are pushed, we are forced -- by what? By a system which has no purpose and goal transcending it, and which makes man its appendix.
The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.
Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains -- except kill it.
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies.
To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.
The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to another, another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while ones own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standardevery action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals which they serve.
To me, the irony of this involvement with size, as I observed earlier, is the unwillingness or inability of so many Americans to identify themselves with something as vast as the United States. Bigger cars, bigger parking lots, bigger corporate structures, bigger farms, bigger drug stores, bigger supermarkets, bigger motion-picture screens. The tangible and the functional expand, while the intangible and the beautiful shrink. Left to wither is the national purpose, national educational needs, literature and theater, and our critical faculties. The national dialogue is gradually being lost in a froth of misleading self-congratulation and cliche. National needs and interests are slowly being submerged by the national preoccupation with the irrelevant.
What a curious picture it is to find man, homo sapiens, of divine origin, we are told, seriously considering going underground to escape the consequences of his own folly. With a little wisdom and foresight, surely it is not yet necessary to forsake life in the fresh air and in the warmth of the sunlight. What a paradox if our own cleverness in science should force us to live underground with the moles.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
Most of my advances were by mistake. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn't.
Our power is in our ability to decide.
Controlled time is our true wealth.
What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities.
Thou mayest as well expect to grow stronger by always eating as wiser by always reading. Too much overcharges Nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment. 'Tis thought and digestion which makes books serviceable, and give health and vigor to the mind.
Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.
Don't fight forces, use them.
When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
People should think things out fresh and not just accept conventional terms and the conventional way of doing things.
The only reason they come to see me is that I know that life is great -- and they know I know it.
The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence. He's got to have some inner standards worth fighting for or there won't be any way to bring him into conflict. And he must be ready to choose death before dishonor without making too much song and dance about it. That's all there is to it.
Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it's what they bring to the world that really counts. OR It's not what the world holds for you it's what you bring to it
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
If I'm such a legend, then why am I so lonely? Let me tell you, legends are all very well if you've got somebody around who loves you.
Poverty is uncomfortable; but 9 times out of 10 the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and be compelled to sink or swim.
You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.
Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.
More die in the United States from too much food than from too little.
All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.
Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce.
All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. The violence of revolutions is the violence of men who charge into a vacuum.
Of all classes the rich are the most noticed and the least studied.
In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.
We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time.
Hell is oneself, hell is alone, the other figures in it merely projections. There is nothing to escape from and nothing to escape to. One is always alone.
Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.

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