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Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers, which are always repulsed by the anvil.

— Claude Adrien Helvétius (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

The more fiercely someone gets in another’s face, either through words or actions, the less apt the recipient is to listen to them or their message. That is human nature. Have a basic respect for others, whether you are face to face, communicating from 3,000 miles away via social media, or simply evaluating a situation. Make a habit of this advice, and the respect will be reciprocated—at least more often than not. You will also enjoy the added benefit of living a happier life. 

—Mike Hazell

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No one ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson (by George Frederic Watts; Public Domain)

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You cannot be buried in obscurity: you are exposed upon a grand theater to the view of the world. If your actions are upright and benevolent, be assured they will augment your power and happiness.

— Cyrus the Great (Image Licensed)

…And all that we think is, ultimately, exposed to the world.

—Mike Hazell

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If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.

— Henry Ford (1919, by Hartsook; Public Domain)

Not only will active development of this skill put you ahead of the competition, it will enliven your mind and brighten your day; it will change the way you see others. Powerful!

—Mike Hazell

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Words are the voice of the heart.

—Confucius (Public Domain)

We generally don’t realize it, but our words form a clear pattern for others to see. We have all been around individuals who believe they are good, warm-hearted, sympathetic people, yet the pattern of words they utter belie that self-image. It is easy to fall into this trap, especially if we are constantly exposed to negative, hate-filled, smarmy language via the television, radio, and print. As these individuals pat themselves on the back for their cleverness, the clear-minded person sees them for the small, lost souls they have become.

So take stock of what you say—your words reflect to others who you really are.

—Mike Hazell

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The Citizen and the Traveler

“Look around you,” said the citizen. “This is the largest market in the world.”

“Oh surely not,” said the traveler.

“Well, perhaps not the largest,” said the citizen, “but much the best.”

“You are certainly wrong there,” said the traveler. “I can tell you….”

They buried the stranger in the dusk.

—Robert Louis Stevenson (by Henry Walter Barnett; Public Domain)

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The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

—Carl Jung (Public Domain)

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Consider in silence whatever one says: speech both conceals and reveals the inner soul of the speaker.

—Cato the Younger (photo by Prioryman; Public Domain)

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Window of Insight

A (spoken) thought may be very commendable as a thought, but I value it chiefly as a window through which I can obtain insight on the thinker.

—Alexander Smith (Photo by Stephen C. Dickson; Creative Commons)

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We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

—Robert Louis Stevenson (by Henry Walter Barnett; Public Domain)

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