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Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help with man with the wrong mental attitude. - W.W. Ziege

Neutrality, as a lasting principle, is an evidence of weakness. - Louis Kossuth

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but is has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. - Helen Keller

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. - William James

Obstinacy in opinions holds the dogmatist in the chains of error, without the hope of emancipation. - John C. Granville

Coolness and absence of heat and haste indicate fine qualities. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time. - T.S. Eliot

Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also. - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Thou must be like a promontory of the sea, against which, though the waves beat continually, yet it both itself stands, and about it are those swelling waves stilled and quieted. - Marcus Aurelius

Without haste, but without rest. - Goethe

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence. - Daniel H. Burnham

The big shots are only the little shots who keep shooting. - Christopher Morley

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. - John F. Kennedy

You can come out of the furnace of trouble two ways: if you let if consume you, you come out a cinder; but there is a kind of metal which refuses to be consumed, and comes out a star. - Jean Church

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. - Abraham Lincoln

When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail. - Abraham Maslow

If at first you don't succeed, Try, try again; Then your courage should appear; For, if you will persevere, You will conquer; never fear; Try, try again. - McGuffey's Second Reader

You must not only aim aright, but draw the bow with all your might.  - Henry David Thoreau

Don't spend your precious time asking 'Why isn't the world a better place?' It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is 'How can I make it better?' To that there is an answer.  - Leo F. Buscaglia

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.  - Ayn Rand

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.  - Jill McLemore

We are new every day.  - Irene Claremont de Castillego

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves... Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you will not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. (from "Letters To A Young Poet")  - Rainer Maria Rilke

Donít judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Do not think that what your thoughts dwell on does not matter. Your thoughts are making you. - Bishop Steere

Whoever you are, there is some younger person who thinks you are perfect. There is some work that will never be done if you don't do it. There is someone who would miss you if you were gone. There is a place that you alone can fill.  - Jacob M. Braude

Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. - Philo of Alexandria

Light tomorrow with today.  - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love. (from 'Letters To A Young Poet')  - Rainer Maria Rilke

God bears with imperfect beings even when they resist His goodness. We ought to imitate this merciful patience and endurance. It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of other people. - Francois de Fenelon

Throughout the years of your life you will face many challenges, remember that you can climb the highest mountain, drive through the roughest storm, soar across the bluest sky, or even sail across the roughest waters. It is only destined by your attitude where you will end up in life. The most important thing is don't let yourself get lost in the crowd. - Angela Duvall

Perserverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. - Walter Elliott

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. - E. E. Cummings

Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. - Marilyn vos Savant

The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others. - Wilfred Peterson

For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination... - Souza

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. - Stonewall Jackson

The people with whom you work reflect your own attitude. If you are suspicious, unfriendly and condescending, you will find these unlovely traits echoed all about you. But if you are on your best behavior, you will bring out the best in the persons with whom you are going to spend most of your working hours. - Beatrice Vincent

A man who wants to do something will find a way; a man who doesnít will find an excuse. - Stephen Dolley Jr.

There is always a choice about the way you do your work, even if there is not a choice about the work itself. - Stephen Lundin

Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come. (Lucy Larcom: 19th century poet and writer) - Lucy Larcom

If we consistently act on the optimistic hypothesis, this hypothesis will tend to be realised; whilst by acting on the pessimistic hypothesis we can keep ourselves for ever in the pit of want. (from 'Essays in Persuasion') - John Maynard Keynes

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.  - Mahatma Gandhi

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.  - Oscar Wilde

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. - Albert Einstein

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.  - Albert Einstein

you can live each day in a world filled with "problems" or rise each morning and embrace a world filled with unseen solutions. The decision is yours... Both worlds exist. The one you choose is the one you will create. - Michael McMillan

All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. - Walt Disney

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. - Martin Luther King Jr.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius

The question isnít who is going to let me; itís who is going to stop me. - Ayn Rand

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.  - Zig Ziglar

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. - Confucius

The prettiest smiles hide the deepest secrets. The prettiest eyes have cried the most tears and the kindest hearts have felt the most pain. - Unknown

The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are. The second greatest is being happy with what you find. - Unknown Author

I do it because I can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't. - Author Unknown

Mistakes are proof that you are trying. - Unknown

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn Rand

If people are trying to bring you down, it only means that you're above them. - Unknown

Don't let the noise of other peoples opinions drown out your inner voice. - Steve Jobs

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. - Jimmy Dean

There is great disorder under the Heavens, the situation is excellent. - Mao Zedong

None of us alone can save the nation or the world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so. - Cornel West

On the human chessboard, all moves are possible. - Miriam Schiff

In the long run, the pessimist may be proved to be right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip. - Daniel L. Reardon

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. - Dr. Seuss

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. - Horace Mann

In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it. - John Ruskin

Things are never so bad they can't be made worse. - Humphrey Bogart

It's a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient.  - Daniel Kahneman

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation. - Michael Jordan

It is a happy talent to know how to play. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one. - Elbert Hubbard

Seek first the virtues of the mind; and other things either will come, or will not be wanted. - Sir Francis Bacon

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress. - Viggo Mortensen

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. - Maya Angelou

There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change. - Euripedes

Stay hungry, stay foolish. - Steve Jobs

Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it. - Rainer Maria Rilke

For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great. - Jose Ortega y Gasset

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. - William Shakespeare

Just set one dayís work in front of the last day's work. That's the way it comes out. - John Steinbeck