Mar 272013
 
‘Work,’ says Nature to man, ‘in every hour, paid or unpaid; see only that thou work, and thou canst not escape the reward: whether thy work be fine or coarse, planting corn or writing epics, so only it be honest work, done to thine own approbation, it shall earn a reward to the senses as well as to the thought: no matter how often defeated, you are born to victory. The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.’”

— R. W. Emerson

A man who has work that suits him and a wife whom he loves, has squared his accounts with life.”

— George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.”

— Michael Hanson

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?”

— Henry David Thoreau

We generally need someone to show us things which should be apparent to the eyes of all.”

— Francesco Algarotti

Adversity has ever been considered as the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being free from flatterers.”

— Samuel Johnson

To reach the realms of light, we have to pass through the clouds. Some men stop there; others are able to pass beyond.”

— Joseph Joubert

I do not want to die until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.”

— Kathe Kollwitz

The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.”

— Winifred Holtby

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

— William James

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.”

— Mark Twain

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.”

— Sophia Loren

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better.”

— Wendell Phillips

A person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

— Cecil B. DeMille

A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.”

— Kurt Lewin

Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. If you could see them clearly, naturally you could do a great deal to get rid of them but you can’t. You can only see one thing clearly and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.”

— Kathleen Norris

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”

— Denis Waitley

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

— George Eliot

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”

— Samuel Johnson

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”

— T. S. Eliot

Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact.”

— William James

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