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The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.

—Socrates (Public Domain)

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How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never! Only through action. Strive to do thy duty, then thou shalt know what is in thee.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1828, by Joseph Karl Stieler; Public Domain)

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Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

—Steve Jobs (by Matt Yohe, Creative Commons)

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

—Henry David Thoreau (by Benjamin D Maxham; Public Domain)

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Those who are greedy of praise prove to be poor in merit.

—Plutarch (46 AD—120 AD; Public Domain)

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The secret of getting things done is to act!

—Dante (Public Domain)

Of course it is! Why, then, do we look back on our day and wonder what we accomplished? After all, we were busy the entire day, from morning until night. But what actions did we accomplish that moved us forward, toward our own personal objectives, as opposed to busy work that simply spent up the precious time in our day?

The key to our personal success, after defining where we want to go and mapping out our path, is to simply do the work—day in and day out—that will move us closer to that destination. And that means laying out what needs to get done before the day begins, and monitoring the day to assure we remain on track, despite all of the useless noise that will inevitably and chronically come our way.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Luck means the hardships and privations which you have not hesitated to endure, the long nights you have devoted to work. Luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep; the trains you have never failed to catch.

—Max O’Rell (by Herbert Rose Barraud; Public Domain)

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