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Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means -- either may do -- the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure.
For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
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.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail.
The measure of a man's success must be according to his ability. The advancement he makes from the station in which he was born gives the degree of his success.
If at first you don't succeed; you are running about average.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge
Few people are successful unless a lot of other people want them to be.
Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years.
There are two things people want more than sex and money... recognition and praise.
A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.
It's better to waste one's youth than to do nothing with it at all.
All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
Well done, is better than well said.
Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.
No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy -- unless you let him.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
There is always room for those who can be relied upon to delivery the goods when they say they will.
Understand this law and you will then know, beyond room for the slightest doubt, that you are constantly punishing yourself for every wrong you commit and rewarding yourself for every act of constructive conduct in which you indulge.
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Fears are nothing more than states of mind.
Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.
It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served.
No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.
Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him.
Knowledge is only potential power.
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.
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.
Action is the real measure of intelligence.
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
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.
The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

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