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A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain. Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

 

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

 

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.

 

Belief creates the actual fact.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another. Man lives for science as well as bread.

 

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.

 

Our faith is faith in someone else’s faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.

 

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.

 

‘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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

 

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

 

There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

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