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There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.
The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.
A great person is one who affects the mind of their generation.
Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.
Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.
The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control.
A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation.
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.
What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations... is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts.
Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
The influence of individual character extends from generation to generation.
There are in every generation those who shrink from the ultimate sacrifice, but there are in every generation those who make it with joy and laughter and these are the salt of the generations.
Before water generates steam, it must register 212 of heat; 200 will not do it. The water must boil to generate enough steam to move an engine. Lukewarm water will not run anything. Lukewarmness will not generate life's work.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.
A man must be sacrificed now and again to provide for the next generation of men.
The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.
The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done -- men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.
The media network has its idols, but its principal idol is its own style which generates an aura of winning and leaves the rest in darkness. It recognizes neither pity nor pitilessness.
Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. you only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love.
The world isn't kept running because it's a paying proposition. (God doesn't make a cent on the deal.) The world goes on because a few men in every generation believe in it utterly, accept it unquestioningly; they underwrite it with their lives.
The present generation, wearied by its chimerical efforts, relapses into complete indolence. Its condition is that of a man who has only fallen asleep towards morning: first of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.
Rather than denying problems, focus inventively, intentionally on what solutions might look or feel like...Our mind is meant to generate ideas that help us escape circumstantial traps -- if we trust it to do so. Naturally, not all hunches are useful. But then you only need a single good idea to solve a problem.
A generation which has passed through the shop has absorbed standards and ambitions which are not of those of spaciousness, and cannot get away from them. Everything with them is done as though for sale, and they naturally have in view the greatest possible benefit, profit and that end of the stuff that will make the best show.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbors.
Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young men, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.
Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.
The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come.
A revolution does not last more than fifteen years, the period which coincides with the flourishing of a generation.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
A dose of poison can do its work but once. A bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations.
I don't like giving names to generations. It's like trying to read the song title on a record that's spinning.
An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterwards.
Opinions, like showers, are generated in high places, but they invariably descend into lower ones, and ultimately flow down to the people as rain unto the sea.
We, the generation that faces the next century, can add the solemn injunction that if we don't do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Instinct is untaught ability.
Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.
Instinct is action taken in pursuance of a purpose, but without conscious perception of what the purpose is.
There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
Ages when custom is unsettled are necessarily ages of prophecy. The moralist cannot teach what is revealed; he must reveal what can be taught. He has to seek insight rather than to preach.
All of the top achievers I know are life-long learners... Looking for new skills, insights, and ideas. If they're not learning, they're not growing... not moving toward excellence.
Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.
Profundity of thought belongs to youth, clarity of thought to old age.
Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.
Receiving a new truth is like adding a new sense.
The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.
CREATIVITY is thinking up new things. INNOVATION is doing new things.
Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice.
Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, its progress stops.
Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.
To be come fully alive a person must have goals and aims that transcend himself.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.
The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, Thus far and no farther.
You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
Our aspirations are our possibilities.
The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.
Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendors born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So it is with people who sometimes cover up the entire disc of eternity with a dollar, and so quench transcendent glories with a little shining dust.
A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed, it feels an impulsion... .this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reason and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.
The manager administers; the leader innovates. The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
What is research, but a blind date with knowledge.
Faith is: dead to doubts, dumb to discouragements, blind to impossibilities.
A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide.
In moderating, not satisfying desires, lies peace.
Men freely believe that which they desire.
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
[Dancing is] A perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.
Desire for security keeps littleness little and threatens the great with smallness.
All men by nature desire to know.
It is very certain that the desire of life prolongs it.
Image creates desire. You will what you imagine.
What the eye does not admire the heart does not desire.
Energy is equal to desire and purpose.
You are what your deep driving desire is.
If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness.
Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them.
When Christ said: I was hungry and you fed me, he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.
Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.
Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
Never try to define love. Once defined love is confined. Once confined -- It dies.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things. Define the moment, or let the moment define you.
The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.
Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.
Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.
If you do not develop the hunger and courage to pursue your goal, you will lose your nerve and you will give up on your dream.
If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary.
It is said that desire is a product of the will, but the converse is in fact true: will is a product of desire.
We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.
The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.

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