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We have employments assigned to us for every circumstance in life. When we are alone, we have our thoughts to watch; in the family, our tempers; and in company, our tongues.

—Henry More (Public Domain)

Quite simply, those who live with such mental diligence and emotional control accomplish much in life; those who do not generally live in a world of chaos. Think of people you know on both sides of this spectrum. In which group would you rather find yourself?

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Follow Your Passion

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.

—Sydney Smith (English writer and Anglican cleric; Public Domain)

Embrace Your Creativity

Having imagination (often means) it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, were you unimaginative, would take you only a minute.

—Franklin Pierce Adams (Public Domain)

Destroying Anxiety

Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.

—Seneca the Younger (4 BC-65 AD, Advisor to Nero; Public Domain)

Anxiety is one of life’s great evils. It not only leads to an early demise, it chases happiness away from us in a chronic, relentless manner. Most try to hide their anxiety, with success to varying degrees. But for many, perhaps most, it is always there, like a ball and chain that restricts our freedom of movement.

Anxiety, however, is simply a state of mind. More precisely, it is a condition that seeps into several dark states of mind, from fear and apprehension, to sadness and melancholy. But here’s the wonderful news: we control our states of mind!

Recognizing that this ugly little creature called anxiety has seeped into our thought patterns, affecting our clarity and our well-being, is the first step towards eliminating it. Personify it. See it for what it is: a dark object constantly chasing happiness from our minds. Once we quantify this condition, we move it out of the shadows and into the light of day where we can attack it.

Our spiritual foundation is the ultimate weapon against anxiety. Realizing that we were put here for a purpose and understanding that all we encounter in life had to be, we can see and feel the anxiety begin to melt away. Instead of lamenting past missteps, we now realize that everything in our past was put there to guide us into a brighter future. So, we take a deep breath, look at this pathetic anxiety in front of us, and we move forward; fully embracing the day and with a new excitement for our future.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

Kindness

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?

—George Eliot (Photo Licensed)

Hugo on Love

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.

—Victor Hugo (1876, by Étienne Carjat; Public Domain)

We must make automatic and habitual, as early as possible, as many useful actions as we can. The more of the details of our daily life we can hand over to the effortless custody of automatism, the more our higher powers of mind will be set free for their own proper work.

—William James (1903, by Notman Studios; Public Domain)