Quotes by Ben Stein

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Ben Stein speaks to a crowd at UC Santa Barbara

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The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.

Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows.
The successful people of this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is.
You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement.
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders.
You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot
No one will do it for you.
Nothing happens by itself. It all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions.
There is no sudden leap into the stratosphere. There is only advancing step by step, slowly and tortuously, up the pyramid towards your goals.
Somewhere there is a map of how it can be done.