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The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.

— Sun Tzu (544 BC – 496 BC; Public Domain)

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With grand ideas it is like with dizzying heights you climb: at first they cause you discomfort and you are anxious to get down, distrustful of your own powers; but soon the remoteness of the turmoil of life and the inspiring influence of the altitude calm your blood. Your steps get firm and sure, and you begin to look…for dizzier heights.

— Nikola Tesla (1896; Public Domain)

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

— Søren Kierkegaard (1840 sketch by his cousin; Public Domain)

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One cannot utter two or three sentences without disclosing to intelligent ears precisely where they stand in life and thought, whether in the kingdom of the senses and the understanding, or in that of ideas and imagination, or in the realm of intuitions and duty.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1857; Public Domain)

Furthermore, does who and what you portray effectively represent who and what you want to be? If so, embrace it! If not, change it! Either way, understanding your strengths and weaknesses and how you come across to others is a critically important tool in life.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.

—Abigail Adams (by Benjamin Blyth; Public Domain)

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da Vinci on Clarity

There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.

—Leonardo da Vinci (attrib to Francesco Melzi, student of da Vinci; Public Domain)

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Plan. Believe. Act.

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”

—Pablo Picasso (Image Licensed)

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