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I always knew I was going to be rich. I don't think I ever doubted it for a minute.

You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong.
I hope I have convinced you -- the only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard.
The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.
Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
Great investment opportunities come around when excellent companies are surrounded by unusual circumstances that cause the stock to be misappraised.
Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.
You cannot travel on the path until you become the path itself.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.
The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
I reached in experience the nirvana which is unborn, unrivalled, secure from attachment, undecaying and unstained. This condition is indeed reached by me which is deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand, tranquil, excellent, beyond the reach of mere logic, subtle, and to be realized only by the wise.
To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.
The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!
Inscribe all human effort with one word, artistry's haunting curse, the Incomplete!
Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.
Temperament lies behind mood; behind will, lies the fate of character. Then behind both, the influence of family the tyranny of culture; and finally the power of climate and environment; and we are free, only to the extent we rise above these.
A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.
For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice -- no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
The secret of happiness is something to do.
Blessed is the man who has some congenial work, some occupation in which he can put his heart, and which affords a complete outlet to all the forces there are in him.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.
Nothing can render affliction so insupportable as the load of sin. Would you then be fitted for afflictions? Be sure to get the burden of your sins laid aside, and then what affliction soever you may meet with will be very easy to you.
For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear.
History is the devil's scripture.
I have always laid it down as a maxim --and found it justified by experience --that a man and a woman make far better friendships than can exist between two of the same sex --but then with the condition that they never have made or are to make love to each other.
Friendship is Love without his wings!
Few men during their lifetime comes anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.
You don't just luck into things as much as you would like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it is friendships or opportunities.
Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family.
Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people -- your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.
A wonderful realization will be the day you realize that you are unique in all the world. There is nothing that is an accident. You are a special combination for a purpose-and don't let them tell you otherwise, even if they tell you that purpose is an illusion. (Live an illusion if you have to). You are that combination so that you can do what is essential for you to do. Don't ever believe that you have nothing to contribute. The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry. And only you can fulfill that tiny space that is yours.
Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self -- a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change -- the willful act of making the change, doing something.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.
What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God.
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty helps us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
There is something to me very softening in the presence of a woman, some strange influence, even if one is not in love with them, which I cannot at all account for, having no very high opinion of the sex. But yet, I always feel in better humor with myself and every thing else, if there is a woman within ken.
Sleep hath its own world, and a wide realm of wild reality. And dreams in their development have breath, and tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy.
The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.
As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
I think the worst woman that ever existed would have made a man of very passable reputation -- they are all better than us and their faults such as they are must originate with ourselves.
Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll. Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain. Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.
The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.
No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
A useless life is an early death.
Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor. With such people the gray head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!.
I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
Experts often possess more data than judgment.
Passion is the genesis of genius.
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.
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 have all seen with a sense of nausea the abject, squalid, shameless avowal made in the Oxford Union. We are told that we ought not to treat it seriously. The Times talked of the childrens hour. I disagree. It is a very disquieting and disgusting symptom. One can almost feel the curl of contempt upon the lips of the manhood of Germany, Italy, and France when they read the message sent out by Oxford University in the name of Young England. Let them be assured that it is not the last word. But before they blame, as blame they should, these callow ill-tutored youths, they must be sure that they have not been set a bad example by people much older and much higher up.
He that won't be counseled can't be helped.
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead...
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
The control of the palate is a valuable aid for the control of the mind.
Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.
It's not what's happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it's your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you're going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.
If we don't see a failure as a challenge to modify our approach, but rather as a problem with ourselves, as a personality defect, we will immediately feel overwhelmed.
Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.
Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute... that gives meaning to our lives.
The truth of the matter is that there's nothing you can't accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you're absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You're willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what's working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.
The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors.
Live with passion!
Success is doing what you want to do, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want.
The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you'll achieve the same results.
All personal breakthroughs being with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it's costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting a new, empowering belief.
If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible.
Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thin was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming.
Create a vision and never let the environment, other people's beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.
We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not.
In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.
To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.
One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.
The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.
Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life.
So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.
Cast your cares on God; that anchor holds.
I am a part of all that I have met.
The greater person is one of courtesy.
Man dreams of fame while woman wakes to love.
Either sex alone is half itself.
Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
Battering the gates of heaven with the storms of prayer.
Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.
I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
The education of a man is never complete until he dies.
Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one.
I am of the opinion that all who can should vote for the most intelligent, honest, and conscientious men eligible to office, irrespective of former party opinions, who will endeavour to make the new constitutions and the laws passed under them as beneficial as possible to the true interests, prosperity, and liberty of all classes and conditions of the people.
It is fortunate that war is so terrible, lest we become to fond of it.
If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. You may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
The first duty of love is to listen.
An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.
If a man loves the labor of his trade apart from any question of success or fame, the Gods have called him.
We live in an ascending scale when we live happily, one thing leading to another in an endless series.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.
You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser.
It pays to know the enemy -- not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.
One only gets to the top rung of the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you--suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, Well, I'll have a go, too.
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.
When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.
We are bemused and crazed creatures, strangers to our true selves, to one another, and to the spiritual and material world -- mad, even, from an ideal standpoint we can glimpse but not adopt.
Whether life is worth living depends on whether there is love in life.

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