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The best advisers, helpers and friends, always are not those who tell us how to act in special cases, but who give us, out of themselves, the ardent spirit and desire to act right, and leave us then, even through many blunders, to find out what our own form of right action is.

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.
When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one's self.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.
A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
The ancestor of every action is thought.
Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.
The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.
It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state.
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile.
The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.
The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.
Some people bear three kinds of trouble -- the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
Effective action is always unjust.
Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.
Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman's greatest sin, except to be there when he doesn't want her.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
They are able because they think they are able.
Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.
The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
Ability is of little account without opportunity.
Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more, and none can tell whose sphere is the largest.
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
Accept everything about yourself -- I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end -- no apologies, no regrets.
About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
To get what you want, STOP doing what isn't working.
Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
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.
The average estimate themselves by what they do, the above average by what they are.
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.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
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.
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.
The only way around is through.
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquillity -- instead of anger and resentment
Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.

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