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Remember that in life thou shouldst order thy conduct as at a banquet. Has any dish that is being served reached thee? Stretch forth thy hand and help thyself modestly. Doth it pass thee by? Seek not to detain it. Has it not yet come? Send not forth thy desire to meet it, but wait until it reaches thee. Deal thus with family, thus with office, thus with wealth—and one day thou wilt be met to share in the Great Banquet.

—Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD; Public Domain)

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If you do not learn to deny yourself, you can make no progress in perfection.

—St. John of the Cross (Public Domain)

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If we do not discipline ourselves the world will do it for us.

Feather, William

— William Feather

…Little in life is more important than self-discipline. When we decide to take control of our lives, we take back power that we have willingly—through our inaction—abdicated to others. If we just let things happen, external events will affect every aspect of our being, from finances to social relationships to our health. This is simply unacceptable, and the reason so many live unfulfilled, unhappy lives. So decide, right now, to take command of your life, set course for your destination, and take control of the helm!

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.

Churchill, Winston 2

—Winston Churchill

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Exceed due measure, and the most delightful things become the least delightful.



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Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.

Eisenhower, Dwight

—Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.


—Robert Frost

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The husbandman deals with land; physicians and trainers with the body; the wise man with his own Mind.


—Epictetus, Greek Philosopher, 55 AD – 135 AD

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No one is free who does not lord over himself.



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Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

Marcus Aurelius

—Marcus Aurelius

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