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You will find it less easy to uproot faults than to choke them by gaining virtues. Do not think of your faults, still less of others’ faults. In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes. 

John Ruskin (1863, by W. & D. Downey; Public Domain)

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Don’t give up emotional power to circumstances outside of your control; retain the ability to move into a mental state of your own choosing.

—Mike Hazell (Image Licensed)

I recall being at a professional football game several years back at which the home team—my team—blew a certain win and was handed an ugly defeat by a taunting opponent. As could be expected, the positive, energized emotions of some 70,000 screaming fans turned ugly seemingly on a dime. 

After the game, as everyone was shuffling up the stands toward the concourse, I heard one guy about three steps behind me angrily shouting up to the herd of people in front of him: “C’mon people, get a (expletive) move on!” I looked back to see a guy in his mid-40s, dressed in a one-piece orange jumpsuit, so angry that his head was turning beat red. The sight of that red face atop that orange jumpsuit made my own mental state immediately shift from anger and disappointment over the loss to surprise and then levity. He looked like a cartoon caricature! I always remember that event as evidence of just how quickly we can change our own mental state, no matter what is going on around us. 

It’s easy to be in an upbeat, sanguine mood when things around us are going great. Our true colors comes shining through, however, when the external environment is not of our liking. When we find ourselves in such a moment, instead of letting these figurative storm clouds take control of our states of mind, let us take a few seconds to thank God for the opportunity to sharpen our own prowess and move to a positive mental state of our own choosing.


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The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.

—Thucydides (Greek philosopher, 460 bc – 400 BC; Public Domain)

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The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.

—Lord Francis Jeffrey (1840, by sculptor Patric Park; Creative Commons)

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Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.

—François de La Rochefoucauld (Public Domain)

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In general, any methods of discipline applied to the body which tend to modify its desires or repulsions, are good—for ascetic ends. But if done for display, they betray at once a man who keeps an eye on outward show; who has an ulterior purpose, and is looking for spectators to shout, ‘Oh what a great man!’ This is why Apollonius so well said: ‘If you are bent upon a little private discipline, wait till you are choking with heat some day—then take a mouthful of water, and spit it out again, and tell no man!’

—Epictetus (Public Domain)

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There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

—Jean-Paul Sartre (Image Licensed)

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