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"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."


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"Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action."


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"A chain is no stronger than its weakest link and life is after all a chain."


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"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."


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"The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one."


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"It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true."


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"Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act look feel successful conduct yourself accordingly and you will be amazed at the positive results."


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"Wisdom is learning what to overlook."


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"It is well for the world that in most of us by the age of thirty the character has set like plaster and will never soften again."


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"The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated."


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"If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system."


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"This life is worth living we can say since it is what we make it."


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"The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively a God who does a wholesale not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals."


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"Truth lives in fact for the most part on a credit system. Our thoughts and beliefs pass so long as nothing challenges them just as bank-notes pass so long as nobody refuses them."


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"The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently we must be willing to change our belief system let the past slip away expand our sense of now and dissolve the fear in our minds."


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"Truth is what works."


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"Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact."


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"To study the abnormal is the best way of understanding the normal."


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"No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess and no matter how good ones sentiments may be if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act ones character may remain entirely unaffected for the better."


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"If merely feeling good could decide drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience."


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"Belief creates the actual fact."


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"The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives."


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"There is but one cause of human failure. And that is mans lack of faith in his true Self."


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"If you want a quality act as if you already had it."


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"Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible."


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"Man lives for science as well as bread."


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"Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed."


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"We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause."


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"Pessimism leads to weakness optimism to power."


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"Knowledge about life is one thing effective occupation of a place in life with its dynamic currents passing through your being is another."


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"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense dancing."


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"There must be something solemn serious and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious. If glad it must not grin or snicker if sad it must not scream or curse."


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"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes."


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"The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour."


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"The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."


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"How to gain how to keep how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do and of all they are willing to endure."


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"If the grace of God miraculously operates it probably operates through the subliminal door."


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"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."


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"Pure experience is the name I gave to the immediate flux of life which furnishes the material to our later reflection with its conceptual categories."


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"Time itself comes in drops."


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"Those thoughts are truth which guide us to beneficial interaction with sensible particulars as they occur whether they copy these in advance or not."


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"The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments."


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"We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood."


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"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out theyve got a second."


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"The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one."


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"Individuality is founded in feeling and the recesses of feeling the darker blinder strata of character are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making and directly perceive how events happen and how work is actually done."


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"Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!"


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"Our faith is faith in someone elses faith and in the greatest matters this is most the case."


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"To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly."


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"Begin to be now what you will be hereafter."


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"In business for yourself not by yourself."


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"If you care enough for a result you will most certainly attain it."


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"Whenever youre in conflict with someone there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude."


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"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which more than anything else will affect its successful outcome."


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"The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community."


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