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You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.
He who stops being better stops being good.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
My importance to the world is relatively small. On the other hand, my importance to myself is tremendous. I am all I have to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy. It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but of my own. I do not intend to let myself down more than I can possibly help, and I find that the fewer illusions I have about myself or the world around me, the better company I am for myself.
Work is more fun than fun.
It is necessary to try to surpass one's self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.
Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.
If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that 9 will run into the ditch before they reach you.
All Presidents start out to run a crusade but after a couple of years they find they are running something less heroic and much more intractable: namely the presidency. The people are well cured by then of election fever, during which they think they are choosing Moses. In the third year, they look on the man as a sinner and a bumble and begin to poke around for rumors of another Messiah.
Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.
Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.
You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.
As I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age; first, it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it stands not far from death.
They condemn what they do not understand.
What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does he should do with all his might.
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.
A good orator is pointed and impassioned.
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
Before beginning, plan carefully.
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own.
Life is not always not always what one wants it to be., but to make the best of it as it is the only way of being happy.
Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation! A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away.
I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.
I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.
The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.
Talent alone won't make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: Are your ready?
The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder -- waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.
The purpose of man is in action not thought.
There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems.
Show me the person you honor, for I know better by that the kind of person you are. For you show me what your idea of humanity is.
Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together by the tie of sympathy.
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.
The true university of these days is a collection of books.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.
The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.
Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance -- the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it ;better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.
The best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.
Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.
Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set.
The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.
You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.
We write our own destiny; we become what we do.
Every noble work is at first impossible.
Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.
Not our logical faculty, but our imaginative one is king over us. I might say, priest and prophet to lead us to heaven-ward, or magician and wizard to lead us hellward.
Painful for a person is rebellious independence, only in loving companionship with his associates does a person feel safe: Only in reverently bowing down before the higher does a person feel exalted.
Let each become all that he was created capable of being.
Do the duty which lies nearest to you, the second duty will then become clearer.
The most unhappy of all men is the man who cannot tell what he is going to do, who has got no work cut-out for him in the world, and does not go into it. For work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind,honest work, which you intend getting done.
Earnestness is not by any means everything; it is very often a subtle form of pious pride because it is obsessed with the method and not with the Master.
It is a rare person who wants to hear want he doesn't want to hear.
A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
When a man gets to despair he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently he is in the right attitude to receive from God that which he cannot gain for himself.
Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.
Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.
It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.
Men's hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only.
Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
No person was every rightly understood until they had been first regarded with a certain feeling, not of tolerance, but of sympathy.
If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated reading deserves to be read at all.
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.
If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.
If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.
Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.
My definition of success is control.
Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.
I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true -- hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it.
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.
Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see. Know also when you actually have thought through to the nature of the thing with which you are dealing and when you are not thinking at all.
If you get all the facts, your judgment can be right; if you don't get all the facts, it can't be right.
You grow up on the day you have your first real laugh at, yourself.
You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in.
Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
When you were born, you cried and everybody else was happy. The only question that matters is this: When you die, will YOU be happy when everybody else is crying?
Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.
When you're nice to people, they want to be nice back to you.
Most fears cannot withstand the test of careful scrutiny and analysis. When we expose our fears to the light of thoughtful examination they usually just evaporate.
The basic rule of human nature is that powerful people speak slowly and subservient people quickly --because if they don't speak fast nobody will listen to them.
In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.
Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, and yet a third of life is passed in sleep.
I have seen a thousand graves opened, and always perceived that whatever was gone, the teeth and hair remained of those who had died with them. Is not this odd? They go the very first things in youth and yet last the longest in the dust.
Women hate everything which strips off the tinsel of sentiment, and they are right, or it would rob them of their weapons.
Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to inquire -- in the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity, why should I be anxious about an atom?
The lapse of ages changes all things -- time, language, the earth, the bounds of the sea, the stars of the sky, and every thing about, around, and underneath man, except man himself.
Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Beware of the person of one book.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.
Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.
Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal -- a commitment to excellence -- that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.
It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You cannot get there by bus, only by hard work, risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful; yourself.
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.
Man know much more than he understands.
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