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Modern-Day Maxims (2)

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. / Success is … more attitude than aptitude. / Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. / If you can laugh at it then you can live with it. / If you must cry over spilled milk then please try to condense it. / It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. / Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. / Make friends before you need them. / A friend walks in when everyone else walks out. / The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention. / Our favorite attitude should be gratitude. / The greatest of all faults is to imagine you have none. / Too many of us speak twice before we think. / Everyone has 20/20 hindsight. / It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. / It is no crime not to be perfect. / If others have sinned you need not mention it. / No man knows less than the man who knows it all. / Patience carries a lot of wait. / One who lacks courage to start has already finished. / A quitter never wins, a winner never quits. / Break a bad habit – Drop it. / Don’t learn safety rules simply by accident. / Failing to prepare, we prepare to fail. / Past failures are guideposts for future success. / There is no right way to do a wrong thing. / Don’t think there are no crocodiles just because the water is calm. / There can be no rainbow without a cloud and a storm. / Seek joy in what you give not in what you get. / Procrastination is the thief of time. / Success comes in cans – failure comes in can’ts. / Anger is one letter short of danger / 2/3 of promotion is motion. / Having a sharp tongue can cut your own throat. / Life is what happens while you are making other plans. / A person of words and not deeds is like a garden full of weeds. / It’s better to be trusted than liked: underpromise – overperform. / All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today. / You always pass failure on the way to success. / Don’t let lack of praise nip you in the bud. / The surest way to go broke is to sit around and wait for a break. / The only thing worse than an alarm going off is the one that doesn’t. / Growing old is when fun is a lot more work. / An ego trip won’t get you anywhere. / The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little extra. / If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain. / A natural tendency is to want to be understood rather than understand. / Keep your heart a little softer than your head. / Feed your faith and doubt will starve to death. / The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

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Modern-Day Maxims (1)

They certainly do not have the “weightiness” of those traditional aphorisms from ancient Greece and the Enlightenment Period, but there still is an element of truth twisted into modern-day maxims. However, here is an entertaining list of modern principles and maxims.

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime. / The road to success is always under construction. / A turtle makes progress when it sticks its neck out. / Failure is the path of least persistence. / Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough. / Patience is counting down without blasting off. / Have a backbone not a wishbone. / Life is not no much a matter of position as of disposition. / If you don’t care where you’re going any road will get you there. / A pint of example is worth a gallon of advice. / He who throws mud loses ground. / Nobody raises his own reputation by lowering others. / Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it. / A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. / Ideas won’t work unless you do. / The future is purchased by the present. / One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time. / Lost time is never found again. / A hard thing about business is minding your own. / Triumph is just “umph” added to try. / Caution is not cowardly, carelessness is not courage. / He who forgives ends the quarrel. / Children need more models than critics. / Frogs have it easy – they can eat what bugs them. / If the going gets easy you may be going downhill. / Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else get your way. / The best vitamin for making friends, B-1. / Jumping to conclusions can be bad exercise. / The best labor saving device is doing it tomorrow. / Some folks won’t look up until they are flat on their backs. / If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep. / Birds have bills too and they keep on singing. / A good example is the best sermon. / The Ten Commandments are not multiple choice. / Well done! is better than, Well said! / Minds are like parachutes – they function only when open. / Live as you wish your kids would. / Swallowing your pride seldom leads to indigestion. / People don’t fail, they give up. / When looking for faults use a mirror, not a telescope. / Smile, it takes only 13 muscles – a frown takes 64. / Kindness, a language deaf people can hear and blind can see. / Heaviest thing to carry – a grudge. / We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. / Tact is the ability to see others as they wish to be seen. / A bad conscience has a very good memory. / One thing you can give and still keep – is your word. / A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor. / A small leak can sink a great ship. / You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

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William James quotes to start a day

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Here are five great William James quotes to start the day:

  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
  • “To change one’s life: 1. Start immediately. 2. Do it flamboyantly. 3. No exceptions.”
  • “Sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
  • “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”
  • “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a pioneering American psychologist and philosopher. He was the brother of novelist Henry James; his godfather was Ralph Waldo Emerson; and, during his lifetime, he befriended Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, Mark Twain, Horatio Alger and Sigmund Freud.

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25 FAV quotes of William James

williamjamesHere are 25 of our favourite bons mots of William James.

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  • A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
  • Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
  • Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
  • Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.
  • Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
  • If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
  • In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
  • It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
  • 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.
  • Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
  • Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
  • Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
  • Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
  • The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.
  • The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.
  • The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
  • The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
  • The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.
  • 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.
  • There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.
  • To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
  • Truth is what works.
  • 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.
  • We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.

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(ed. – These William James quotes and more can be found in By George Treasury II – in Our E-bookshelf)

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Promise Yourself (verse)

   

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel like there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living person you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the
presence of trouble.

 

 

Promise Yourself is internationally known as the Optimists’ Creed

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The Brilliance of Ayn Rand

ayn_rand_disegno(ed. – Do yourself a favour. Bookmark this page of Ayn Rand musings. When everything seems off-kilter, reread.)

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  • All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal.
  • The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.
  • Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.
  • The most depraved type of human being . . . (is) the man without a purpose.
  • All you have to do is look straight and see the road, and when you see it, don’t sit looking at it – walk.
  • You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.
  • Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
  • If a society is to remain free, its government must be controlled.
  • America’s abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
  • Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.
  • Government “help” to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
  • Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others.
  • Living in a society, instead of on a desert island, does not relieve a man of the responsibility of supporting his own life.
  • The problem is not those who dream, but those who can only dream.
  • Either we believe that the State exists to serve the individual or that the individual exists to serve the state.
  • Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.
  • The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life – by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality…
  • The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.
  • A man who struggles not to acknowledge that evil is evil, finds it increasingly dangerous to acknowledge that the good is the good.
  • There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.

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Top 10 Ways to Motivate Yourself

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi

Let’s start this Monday off with a list of the top 10 ways to motivate yourself.

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1. Set a specific goal
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Larry Elder

 

2.Give it a deadline
Setting an exact deadline gives you a time frame for accomplishing your goal.

 

3. Write it down and hang it up on the wall
By writing it down and hanging it on the wall, in plain sight, it becomes a constant reminder and part of your everyday life.

 

4. Surround yourself with motivation
Put up motivational quotes or signs all over your workspace and living space. Post our Fav Ali memes!

 

5. Break it down into small bite-size pieces
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~ Robert Collier

 

6. Exercise
In order to get your blood and creative juices flowing again try running in place, jumping jacks, push-ups or just dance! What is important is to get up out of your chair at least once an hour and move.

 

7. Pump yourself up
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
So, do some fist pumps, flex those muscles, jump up and down, be your own “cheerleader” – and get excited.

 

8. Don’t fear failure, just do it! 
Just keep swinging! “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” ~ Babe Ruth

 

9. Reward yourself
Set mini goals and reward yourself when you accomplish them.

 

10. Be present and have fun
Be in the present moment and enjoy what you are doing.

 

SOURCE:  We’re so Inspired

 

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10 Lessons on Life shared by Billionaires

Forbes Magazine catalogues priceless words of wisdom and Forbes staff Keren Blankfeld has done a very great job in compiling a must-read list of life observations in her piece: Billionaires To Graduates: All-Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches

The following list is the top 10 lessons successful business people have shared in commencement speeches to graduating classes:

 

  1. Life is short.

“As you graduate, can you ask yourselves to live as if you had eleven days left? I don’t mean blow everything off and party all the time— although tonight is an exception. I mean live with the understanding of how precious every single day would be. How precious every day actually is.” – Sheryl Sandberg, UC Berkeley 2016

 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford 2005

 

“Always remember that the moments we have with friends and family, the chances we have to do things that might make a big difference in the world, or even to make a small difference to someone you love — all those wonderful chances that life gives us, life also takes away. It can happen fast, and a whole lot sooner than you think.” – Larry Page, University of Michigan 2009

 

  1. Be present.

“Being present is smarter, funnier and undeniably more attractive. When you’re right here, right now, you notice things. You notice the nuance and expressions of the people around you. You notice the things that might make you a new friend or get you hired or even give you a chance of hooking up. You notice today and how wonderful it is. You noticed the people around you might not be as lucky as you are and the people who work their asses off to make sure you succeed.” – Chris Sacca, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management 2011

 

  1. Be bold and take risks.

“I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.” – Jeff Bezos, Princeton University 2010

 

  1. Embrace failure and learn from it.

“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise…. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher the law of averages not to mention the Myth of Icarus predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do I want you to know this, remember this: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.” – Oprah Winfrey, Harvard University 2013

 

“I have always believed and I have taught my children and grandchildren that great success is not built on success. It is built on failure, frustration and sometimes even calamity.” – Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University 2002

 

  1. Be of service: make the world better.

“In the course of your lives, without any plan on your part, you’ll come to see suffering that will break your heart. When it happens, and it will, don’t turn away from it; turn toward it. That is the moment when change is born.” – Melinda Gates, Stanford 2014

 

  1. Use your imagination.

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” – J.K. Rowling, Harvard University 2008 (former billionaire)

 

  1. When a great dream shows up, follow it.

“I dreamed of doing it and finally I achieved it and that is when I came to realize that fantasizing, projecting yourself into a successful situation is the most powerful means there is of achieving personal goals.” – Leonard Lauder, Connecticut College 1989

 

“Overall, I know it seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity, and be ambitious about it. Don’t give up on your dreams. The world needs you all!” – Larry Page, University of Michigan 2009

 

  1. Be flexible.

“You don’t need a grand plan. Whatever plan you do have is probably going to change 100 times before you’re 30. And you don’t need to be an expert in something to try it.” – Michael Bloomberg, University of North Carolina 2012

 

  1. Work hard and be irrepressible.

“Irrepressible is kind of tenacious, but with optimism. You just have it in you. You keep going and going. You could say, isn’t that the same as passion. It’s not. Passion is the ability to get excited about something. Irrepressibility and tenacity is about the ability to stay with it.” – Steve Ballmer, University of Southern California 2011

 

“It is the hard days — the times that challenge you to your very core — that will determine who you are.You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.” – Sheryl Sandberg, UC Berkeley 2016

 

  1. Don’t let money drive you.

“The truth is, I’ve never cared for money. I realize that sounds strange coming from a billionaire, and I recognize that many people do work for money, but I would wager that those who become extremely successful are more strongly motivated by the desire to achieve, by a commitment to excellence and by an obsessive drive to win.” – Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University 2002

 

Read the full Forbes article here:  Billionaires To Graduates: All-Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches

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10 Habits for Personal Success

Here is a set of ten habits to adopt that can help take you to a more successful, fuller life.

  1. Set minimum goals for yourself. Exercise for an hour, review and organize one file, write one page of creative writing. Attempt to break your large projects into day-sized tasks.
  2. Waste less time. Life is composed of days, days of hours, hours of minutes. Think in smaller time periods and try to complete specific actions each period.
  3. Build strong friendships, and be kind to people. You can learn from everyone. Everyone has a potential to do good. By being kind and respectful and sharing with all those who you meet, you will increase your circles of influence and always have people to turn to.
  4. Learn to listen well and to ask questions. People love to talk about themselves. If you continue to ask the right questions, you will be recognized as a great conversationalist.
  5. Get yourself outdoors. Open your mind and allow yourself to breathe. Go for walks. Do some outdoor sport activity. Cognitive psychologists have shown that getting outside in natural elements can be a tool against depression and burnout.
  6. Make a point to talk to one stranger every day. With each stranger, there is a potential opportunity to learn something new, to make new friend, to get new ideas, to understand new perspectives, and much more.
  7. Spend time with old people (and also with children). Old people have been there, done that, and have lived to tell you the tale. Young children haven’t.
  8. Start meditating. Take time each day to close your eyes and focus on nothing at all. It trains your brain and your emotions coping measures to deal with the madness of this world, day in and day out.
  9. Save money. Pay yourself as you go and you will always have something for when you need it later. Just put a little bit away with each paycheck, and do it automatically so you don’t miss it.
  10. Diversify your experiences. Broaden your daily activities and get to know people who are different from you. The broader your range of experiences, the more creative your ideas and the better you can relate to people.

By George suggests that you pick one or two of these habits to perfect each week and, within a couple of months, you will propel yourself into a new direction.

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Monday morning thought on “Creativity”

Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.

This reflection of creativity is from Michael Michalko, author of Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques and Creative thinking: Putting your Imagination to Work.

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Vince Lombardi on winning / success

  • Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.
  • Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
  • Success demands singleness of purpose.
  • Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
  • It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
  • The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.
  • The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
  • Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
  • I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.

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The empowering wisdom of Albert Einstein

Here are a dozen quotes from perhaps our greatest, modern-day genius.

  • Imagination is more important than knowledge; for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
  • The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.
  • Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
  • The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
  • Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
  • The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
  • Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
  • Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.
  • The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
  • Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

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All in the name of “progress”

  • A thousand things advance; nine hundred and ninety-nine retreat; that is progress. – Henri Frederic Amiel
  • And from the discontent of man / The world’s best progress springs – Ellia Wheeler Wilcox
  • The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends upon the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw
  • The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. – Alfred North Whitehead
  • Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. – Johann von Goethe
  • Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. – James Bryant Comant
  • The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today. – Lewis Carroll
  • Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear. – Bertolt Brecht
  • There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, and all things in succession. That which grows slowly endures. – J.G. Holland

(ed. – No doubt our society’s creed is “All in the name of progress.” Still, once in a while, one must ask as Stanislaw Lee has: “Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?”)

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20 FAV Sir Winston Churchill quotes

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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.

There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.

It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Never, never, never give up.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

We shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.

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Top-Ten Emerson Insights

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This week By George Journal posted one hundred of our favourite quotations of the provocative genius Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Here are our Top Ten Emerson Insights:

  • What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; That is to have succeeded.
  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us.
  • The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
  • Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
  • Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
  • Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
  • Do not be too timid and squeamish. … All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
  • Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
  • Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.
  • To fill the hour, and leave no crevice … that is happiness.

As a concluding note on the week, The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute has created a remarkable website for the purpose of providing a digital archive of the life and works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. We highly recommend it: http://www.rwe.org/

 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (11 – 25)

Ralph Waldo Emerson has formed the core notions of many of our great intellects from the 1800’s. He influenced his American contemporaries, such as Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau and William James, as well as notable thinkers the stature of Friedrich Nietzsche, and more recently Harold Bloom and Barack Obama. Once asked to sum up his work, Emerson said his central thought was “the infinitude of the private man.”

Here are more of the BGJ’s 100 favourite Emerson quotes (tomorrow our top-ten RWE):

  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
  • Character is that which can do without success.
  • Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
  • Self-trust is the first secret of success.
  • The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.
  • For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
  • Shallow men believe in luck, wise and strong men in cause and effect.
  • Skill to do comes of doing.
  • No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
  • He is only rich who owns the day. There is no king, rich man, fairy, or demon who possesses such power as that.
  • A day is a miniature eternity.
  • Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
  • The only gift is a portion of thyself.
  • The only way to have a friend is to be one.
  • A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

One side note: When Emerson befriended Henry David Thoreau, he asked Thoreau, “Do you keep a journal?” The question went on to have a lifelong inspiration for Thoreau – and today we have the benefit of reading Thoreau’s intimate evolution of personal feelings and thought. Emerson kept a journal throughout his life and his works are contained in 16 large volumes. Today’s scholars consider the journal to be Emerson’s key literary work.

 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (26 – 50)

Through this week By George Journal is posting one hundred of our favourite quotes of Ralph Waldo Emerson – a deep, provocative 19th century author and, we believe, one of the most remarkable of thinkers of our modern age. Here are the next 25 RWE-gems to reflect upon:

  •  The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
  • A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
  • The first wealth is health.
  • A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
  • Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.
  • The shoemaker makes a good shoe because he makes nothing else.
  • Sanity is very rare; every man almost, and every woman, has a dash of madness.
  • There are three wants which can never be satisfied: that of the rich, who want something more; that of the sick, who want something different; and that of the traveler, who says, “Anywhere but here.”
  • Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
  • When there is no vision, people perish.
  • Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
  • Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today.
  • Play out the game, act well your part, and if the gods have blundered, we will not.
  • The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief.
  • Strong men greet war, tempest, hard times. They wish, as Pindar said, to tread the floors of hell, with necessities as hard as iron.
  • Every man is a borrower and a mimic; life is theatrical and literature a quotation.
  • We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action.
  • The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion 20 years later.
  • Five great enemies to peace inhabit us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
  • As a man thinketh, so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he.
  • No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
  • A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
  • Whatever limits us we call Fate.
  • Patience and fortitude conquer all things.
  • All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.

 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (51 – 75)

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, poet and lecturer. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a founding father of the Transcendentalist movement (expressed first in his 1836 essay Nature). Emerson authored dozens of published essays and conducted more than 1,500 public lectures across the U.S. through the mid-1800s.  He wrote on the core ideas of individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding natural world.

Here are 25 more bons mots of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • Make yourself necessary to somebody.
  • With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
  • This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.
  • The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
  • Poetry must be as new as foam, and as old as the rock.
  • The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
  • To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
  • Difficulties exist to be surmounted.
  • Pain, indolence, sterility, endless ennui have also their lesson for you.
  • The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.
  • The only reward of virtue is virtue.
  • Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
  • The world belongs to the energetic.
  • Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities.
  • Hitch your wagon to a star.
  • Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.
  • Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live.
  • We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
  • Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.
  • A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
  • The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
  • Give all to love; obey thy heart.
  • All mankind love a lover.
  • All men are poets at heart.
  • Vigor is contagious, and whatever makes us either think or feel strongly adds to our power and enlarges our field of action.

 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (76-100)

rwe_04_img0262This week the By George Journal salutes Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), who is argumentatively the greatest, modern day thinker and wordsmith of our ages. Each morning, we will bring readers remarkable quotes from this remarkable man – leading to Friday’s list of our “Top-Ten RWE Insights.”

BGJ has chosen a hundred of our favourite gems. Today, here  are 25 of our top-100 Emerson quotes.

  • We can see well into the past; we can guess shrewdly in to the future; but that which is rolled up and muffled in impenetrable folds is today.
  • Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
  • The secret of success in society is a certain heartiness and sympathy.
  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
  • We acquire the strength we have overcome.
  • Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires … courage.
  • There are some men above grief and some men below it.
  • God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please; you can never have both.
  • When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits; on his manhood; he has gained the facts; learned his ignorance; is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill.
  • Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
  • Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.
  • People only see what they are prepared to see.
  • The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
  • What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
  • Men love to wonder and that is the seed of our science.
  • A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
  • Sorrow makes us all children again.
  • Shall we judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely.
  • For what avail the plough or sail, Or land, or life, if freedom fail?
  • We are very near to greatness: one step and we are safe; can we not take the leap?
  • We are as much informed of a writer’s genius by what he selects as by what he originates.
  • Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.
  • Pictures must not be too picturesque.
  • The surest poison is time.
  • It is doubtless a vice to turn one’s eyes inward too much, but I am my own comedy and tragedy.

 

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The Dalai Lama (5 memes)

These memes have appear through this past year both on By George Twitter @ByGeorgeJournal and on the BGJ Facebook page. The Dalai Lama provides inspiration and reason to pause for millions around the world. He is truly a spiritual guiding light.

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