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You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.

—James Allen (Public Domain)

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Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.

—Ovid (by Ettore Ferrari; Creative Commons)

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Leverage

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.

—Sir Isaac Newton (1689, by Sir Godfrey Kneller; Public Domain)

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Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.

—Andy Grove (Creative Commons, see attribution)

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Humor Friday

Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious.

Feather, William

— William Feather (Public Domain)

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It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.

Jackson, Andrew, pd, see attrib

— Andrew Jackson (Public domain)

…and these Privileged Elites exist within all political parties and movements. Perhaps they became members of this class because they were allowed to remain in power for foolish amounts of time. What a brilliant quote, and how fitting that Andrew Jackson is the author. His bombastic style was impugned by elitists, cartoonists, and members of the established ruling class. They reviled him for his attempt to shift power from the ruling class and to where it belonged: the American citizenry.

MSH—Penn Wealth

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I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.

Buckley, William F Jr, 1985_PD

— William F. Buckley, Jr (1985, Public Domain)

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