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It's the men behind who make the man ahead.

I was not born for courts and great affairs, but I pay my debts, believe and say my prayers.
The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
Timing, degree and conviction are the three wise men in this life.
Bad people are less a problem than indifferent people.
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are.
Do you want my one-word secret of happiness -- It's growth -- mental, financial, you name it.
The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.
Those who can command themselves command others.
Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.
It is difficult to lay aside a confirmed passion.
It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.
Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see. We are freed by conscious perception.
Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made.
The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time.
You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization.
Personal power is the ability to take action.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others love to us.
If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.
Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.
The fact that you are willing to say, I do not understand, and it is fine, is the greatest understanding you could exhibit.
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?
Effective managers live in the present but concentrate on the future.
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.
The one thing that matters is the effort.
The greatest gift you and your partner can give your children is the example of an intimate, healthy, and loving relationship.
I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

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