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It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.

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.
The pioneers of a warless world are the young men and women who refuse military service.
It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
Risk -- If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he doesn't know how wide it is, he'll jump and six times out of ten he'll make it.
Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be crowded with grand possibilities.
I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep the people from vice.
The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.
Money won't make you happy... but everybody wants to find out for themselves.
You look at any giant corporation, and I mean the biggies, and they all started with a guy with an idea, doing it well.
You always pass failure on the way to success.
We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.
The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
The more a man can forget, the greater the number of metamorphoses which his life can undergo, the more he can remember the more divine his life becomes.
Tell me who's your friend and I'll tell you who you are.
How delightful to find a friend in everyone.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow that weigh a man down. For the needs of today we have corresponding strength given. For the morrow we are told to trust. It is not ours yet.
Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to buy things he's too busy to enjoy.
Be interesting, be enthusiastic ... and don't talk too much.
Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life.
When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.
We do not do well except when we know where the best is and when we are assured that we have touched it and hold its power within us.
Simple ideas lie within the reach only of complex minds.
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.
To become a spectator of one's own life is to escape the suffering of life.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Courage -- a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.
The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.
The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.
To despise our own species is the price we must often pay for knowledge of it.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.
A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -- I well know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
What a man really wants is creative challenge with sufficient skills to bring him within the reach of success so that he may have the expanding joy of achievement.
To give a generous hope to a man of his own nature, is to enrich him immeasurably.
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
Here is the simple but powerful rule... always give people more than they expect to get.
Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury -- to me these have always been contemptible. I assume that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind
The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
The workers and professionals of the world will soon be divided into two distinct groups. Those who will control computers and those who will be controlled by computers. It would be best for you to be in the former group.
Anger ventilated often hurries towards forgiveness; anger concealed often hardens into revenge.
We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.
We must not wish anything other than what happens from moment to moment, all the while, however, exercising ourselves in goodness.
When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word succeed, you find that it simply means to follow through.
Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sakebut for the nations sake. Nothing matters more to the future of our country: not military preparednessfor armed might is worthless if we lack the brain power to build a world of peace; not our productive economyfor we cannot sustain growth without trained manpower; not our democratic system of governmentfor freedom is fragile if citizens are ignorant.
Those who are animated by hope can perform what would seem impossibilities to those who are under the depressing influence of fear.
Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.
If you don't want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work.
He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out the plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.
It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.
You were not born with the habit of brushing your teeth. With persistent action, over a period of time, you developed the habit. Now, I'll bet you would never consider going a week without brushing.
Many people think of knowledge as money, They would like knowledge, but do not want to face the perseverance and self-denial that goes into the acquisition of it.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Todays military rejects include tomorrows hard core unemployed.
The less you know, the more you think you know, because you don't know you don't know.
Leap, and the net will appear.
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
Any perception can connect us to reality properly and fully. What we see doesn't have to be pretty, particularly; we can appreciate anything that exists. There is some principle of magic in everything, some living quality. Something living, something real, is taking place in everything.
We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.
The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much.
The person with a fixed goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is thus enabled, thanks to its generative and sustaining power, to realize his goal in a minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just pursue the thought unceasingly. Step by step you will achieve realization, for all your faculties and powers become directed to that end.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.
The job of the press is to encourage debate, not to supply the public with information.
Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
Be smart, but never show it.
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution. Poignant longings for beauty, for an end to probing below the surface, for a redemption and celebration of the body of the world. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it.
People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
Take the trouble to stop and think of the other person's feelings, his viewpoints, his desires and needs. Think more of what the other fellow wants, and how he must feel.
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life.
Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
The noblest vengeance is to forgive.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.
I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.
Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.
We are all captives of the picture in our head -- our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists.
When you are making a success of something, it's not work. It's a way of life. You enjoy yourself because you are making your contribution to the world.
Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.
It's so hard when I have to, And so easy when I want to.
Our power is in our ability to decide.
When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.
I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of Peace.
He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
As long as you know what it is you desire, then by simply affirming that it is yours -- firmly and positively, with no ifs, buts, or maybes -- over and over again, from the minute you arise in the morning until the time you go to sleep at night, and as many times during the day as your work or activities permit, you will be drawn to those people, places, and events that will bring your desires to you.
Everything changes, nothing remains without change.
It is a mark of soulfulness to be present in the here and now. When we are present, we are not fabricating inner movies. We are seeing what is before us.
Integrity has no need of rules.
You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
You don't have to get it right the first time.
He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.
We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.
There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
Self conquest is the greatest of victories.
A man can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
Mastery passes often for egotism.
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
There's always a way -- if you're committed.
Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.
A man can do anything he wants to do in this world, at least if he wants to do it badly enough.
In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.
He is the most powerful who has himself, in his power.
Anger and intolerance are the twin enemies of correct understanding.
A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the full value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.

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