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Help a man against his will and you do the same as murder him.
Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.
Words will not fail when the matter is well considered.
Subdue your passion or it will subdue you.
Anger is short madness
Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.
In the word of no master am I bound to believe.
Life is largely a matter of expectation.
Let us my friends snatch our opportunity from the passing day.
Pale death with an impartial foot knocks at the hovels of the poor and the palaces of king.
It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.
The human race afraid of nothing, rushes on through every crime.
Remember, when life's path is steep, to keep your mind even.
Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's house is in flames.
Be ever on your guard what you say of anybody and to whom.
I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.
A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.
Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
A picture is a poem without words.
Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.
Nothing's beautiful from every point of view.
While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.
You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she'll be constantly running back.
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
Believe that each day that shines on you is your last.
Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.
A word once uttered can never be recalled.
Whatever advice you give, be short.
Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor's done.
Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
Let Nature have her way; she understands her business better than we do.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
When truth is discovered by someone else, it loses something of its attractiveness.
We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.
Success is just a matter of luck, all you need to do is ask a failure. History may be written by academics but it's rarely created by them.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Leadership is a serving relationship that has the effect of facilitating human development.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.
The death of what's dead is the birth of what's living.
One of the secrets of getting more done is to make a TO DO List every day, keep it visible, and use it as a guide to action as you go through the day.
God will not look you over for medal, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
To spend life for something which outlasts it.
The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
The person of wisdom is the person of years.
What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.
We will either find a way, or make one.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life.
Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit.
I hope that my achievements in life shall be these -- that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need that I will have left the earth a better place for what I've done and who I've been.
Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that.
When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. But above this level, far above,
To get what you want, STOP doing what isn't working.
If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either.
So much to do, so little done, such things to be.
Where there is a will there is a way. is an old true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement. To think we are able, is almost to be so -- to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself.
Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.
The average estimate themselves by what they do, the above average by what they are.
I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.
You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
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.
That laughter costs too much which is purchased by the sacrifice of decency.
The greatest potential for control tends to exist at the point where action takes place.
The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
The man who trusts men will make fewer mistakes that he who distrusts them.
Build a little fence of trust around today; Fill the space with loving deeds, And therein stay. Look not through the sheltering bars Upon tomorrow; God will help thee bear what comes of joy and sorrow.
Though he slay me, I shall yet trust Him.
When a man has no reason to trust himself, he trusts in luck.
Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb.
The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.
The creative artist seems to be almost the only kind of man that you could never meet on neutral ground. You can only meet him as an artist. He sees nothing objectively because his own ego is always in the foreground of every picture.
Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself.
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person.
Never be afraid to treat the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you; do not feel you have to follow in someone else's footsteps.
The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
It is all right to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now and then.
Innovators are inevitably controversial.
People who are born even-tempered, placid and untroubled -- secure from violent passions or temptations to evil -- those who have never needed to struggle all night with the Angel to emerge lame but victorious at dawn, never become great saints.
THOU, too, sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O Union, strong and great! Humanity with all its fears, With all the hopes of future years, Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
But now our fate from unmomentous things, may rise like rivers out of little springs.
Example is the best precept.
A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
Clearly spoken, Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek.
There comes a point in many people's lives when they can no longer play the role they have chosen for themselves. When that happens, we are like actors finding that someone has changed the play.
Sir, a man may be so much of everything, that he is nothing of anything.
I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not.
It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.
Treat employees like partners, and they act like partners.
Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime, and too sleepy to worry at night.
It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is the rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution which destroys the machinery but the friction. Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices
Worry not about the possible troubles of the future; for if they come, you are but anticipating and adding to their weight; and if they do not come, your worry is useless; and in either case it is weak and in vain, and a distrust of God's providence.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
A speech should not just be a sharing of information, but a sharing of yourself.
The only way around is through.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.
Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.
Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want.
Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.
Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is an language I do not understand.
When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge.
Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.
Imagination was given man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.
I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.
It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.
The trick is to realize that after giving your best, there's nothing more to give.
From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
Nature does not give to those who will not spend...
There never was a person who did anything worth doing, who did not receive more than he gave.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
We fall forward to succeed.
For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes.
Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven.
Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion.
If your time ain't come not even a doctor can kill you.
Good God! how often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part.
Do not go gentle into the good night. Old age should burn and rage at close of day.
A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.
The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one's life.

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