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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.

Only in dreams does the happiness of the earth dwell.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
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 journey is the reward.
The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.
The feeling of inferiority rules the mental life and can be clearly recognized in the sense of incompleteness and unfulfillment, and in the uninterrupted struggle both of individuals and humanity.
Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.
Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes --ah, that is where the art resides.
I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!
Fears are nothing more than states of mind.
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.
Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.
The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle...
No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him.
The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.
Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
Opportunity often comes in disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth.
Knowledge is only potential power.
For it is in giving that we receive.
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love.
Tis better to understand, than to be understood.
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Pride and poverty don't get along, but often live together.
All things come to him who waits -- provided he knows what he is waiting for.
If we cannot end our differences at least we can make the world safe for diversity.
There is no education like adversity.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.
Some people drink deeply from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.
It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.
Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.
You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well.
You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you.
When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.
Anything that has been accomplished by any other human being in the physical realm is within the field of possibility.
Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.
If you are living out of a sense of obligation you are slave.
Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
The buck stops here.
How do you live a long life? Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.
I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it.
It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own.
We must build a new world, a far better world -- one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.
It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
Good advice is beyond all price.
The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it!
A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry is to a woman.
The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self. All sin is easy after that.
Who God does not teach, man cannot.
God is more concerned about who you are than what you do, and He is more concerned about what you do than where you do it.
There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.
What you can become you are already.
Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.
Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge shall every room be filled with precious and pleasant riches.
Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.
Repeat anything often enough and it will start to become you.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made.
The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.
A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
Life in abundance comes only through great love.
Laughter is higher than all pain.
God will not look you over for medal, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great rewards.
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
Never explain -- your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for.
It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.
A pessimist is one who has been compelled to live with an optimist.
Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Either men will learn to live like brothers, or they will die like beasts.
We work to become, not to acquire.
Live truth instead of professing it.
The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.
Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
If you suffer, thank God! It is a sure sign that you are alive.
He who has achieved success has worked well, laughed often and loved much.
The man who has no more problems to solve, is out of the game.
Play needs direction as well as work.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
The big print giveth, and the fine print taketh away.
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
In order to win, you must expect to win.
One must really have suffered oneself to help others.
Every writer creates his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.
The human brain is a wonderful organ. It starts to work as soon as you are born and doesn't stop until you get up to deliver a speech.
Marriage is a mistake every man should make.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
Answered prayers cause more tears than those that remain unanswered.
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
The world has always gone through periods of madness so as to advance a bit on the road to reason.
The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic is a special strategy that a person invents in order to live in an unlivable situation.
In the past, men created witches; now they create mental patients.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
Choose your love, Love your choice.
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. [St. Paul In Philippians 4:11]
Try to be like the turtle -- at ease in your own shell
Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, Thy will be done, and those to whom God says, All right, then, have it your way.
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
Time takes away the grief of men.
A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

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