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During the first period of a man's life, the danger is not to take the risk.
--- Soren Kierkegaard


How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things but by how well we are understood.
--- Andrew S. Grove


A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return.
--- Francis Bacon


The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.
--- H. T. Leslie


Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
--- Washington Irving







You don't have to know everything, you just have to know where to find the answer to everything.
--- Unknown


Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on the stuff he's made of.
--- Josh Billings


The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
--- George Eliot


In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
--- Theodore Roosevelt


When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something.
--- Jared Sparks







Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
--- Joseph Addison


Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it---immediately.
--- Stephen R. Covey


Many a man has found the acquisition of wealth only a change, not an end, of miseries.
--- Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road.
--- Dag Hammarskjold


Whether you are talking about education, career, or service, you are talking about life. And life must really have joy. It's supposed to be fun.
--- Barbara Bush









There is a lesson that lies in the foundation of my business--there is no such thing as an insignificant human being. To treat people that way is a kind of sin, and there's no reason for it, none.
--- Debbi Fields


Have you learned lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who rejected you, and braced themselves against you, or disputed the passage with you?
--- Walt Whitman


The glad hand is alright in the sunshine, but it's the helping hand on a dark day that folks remember to the end of time.
--- Amadeo Giannini


If we're going to get anywhere, we're going to have to risk venturing into the unknown. Life is about adventure, not maintenance.
--- John C. Maxwell


We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.
--- Jimmy Carter







Money motivates neither the best people, nor the best in people. It can move the body and influence the mind, but it cannot touch the heart or move the spirit; that is reserved for belief, principle, and morality.
--- Dee Hock


Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
--- William Ellery Channing


There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
--- W. Clement Stone


Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.
--- Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though it were his own.
--- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe







The longer I live, the more firmly convinced I become that the essential factor that lifts one man above his fellows in terms of achievement and success is his greater capacity for self-discipline.
--- Ray Kroc


There are low spots in our lives, but there are also high spots, and most of them have come through encouragement from someone else.
--- George M. Adams


Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery.
--- Matthew Arnold


Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps 'til the legend, "over steep ways to the stars," fulfills self.
--- W. C. Doane


We cannot hide behind our boundaries, or hold onto the belief that we can survive alone.
--- Meg Wheatley









To be faithful to your instincts and the impulses that carry you in the direction of the excellence you most desire and value . . .surely that is to lead the noble life.
--- George E. Woodberry


If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
--- Henry David Thoreau


Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. The only time you don't fail is the last time you try something, and it works. One fails forward toward success.
--- Charles F. Kettering


Failure is a learning experience. It can be a gravestone or a stepping stone.
--- Bud Hadfield


When you feel grateful, you become great, and eventually attract great things.
--- Plato







It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.
--- Hugh Black


You cannot escape the results of your thoughts . . . Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration.
--- Thomas Dreier


There seems to me no greater misfortune than having so much that all of it becomes meaningless; than wanting what you haven't, rather than what you have. Seven of the wisest words I know are, "Only those are rich who desire little."
--- Channing Pollock


Five minutes, just before going to sleep, given to a bit of directed imagination regarding achievement possibilities of the morrow, will steadily and increasingly bear fruit, particularly if all ideas of difficulty, worry or fear are resolutely ruled out and replaced by those of accomplishment and smiling courage.
--- Frederick Pierce



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