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Never confuse motion with action.

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Education is not received. It is achieved.
All great achievements require time.
Never mistake activity for achievement.
You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
Drive your business, let not your business drive you.
Never take a wife till thou hast a house (and a fire) to put her in.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.
Peace won by the compromise of principles is a short-lived achievement.
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.
Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.
Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.
Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
Chance can allow you to accomplish a goal every once in a while, but consistent achievement happens only if you love what you are doing.
There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.
My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.
I believe love produces a certain flowering of the whole personality which nothing else can achieve.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.
The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
It's how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.
The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.
Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality
Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others happy.
Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
He's a fool that makes his doctor his heir.
If you want to achieve a high goal, you're going to have to take some chances.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
One should eat to live, not live to eat.
Friends and neighbors, the taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us. We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us by allowing abatement.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
When befriended, remember it; when you befriend, forget it.
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.
To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals.
There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous.
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
Nothing preaches better than the act.
Become all that you are capable of becoming!
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being.
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.
There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.
No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that is his heart which is capable of responding to it
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.
Energy and persistence alter all things.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.
He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.
The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never mended well.
Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
Buy what thou hast no need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy necessities.
God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.
The things which hurt, instruct.
A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.
Leisure is the time for doing something useful. This leisure the diligent person will obtain the lazy one never.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
Teach your child to hold his tongue; he'll learn fast enough to speak.
One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.
When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.

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