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The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.

— George Boardman (Image Licensed)

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It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.

—Cicero (Public Domain)

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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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Borrow trouble for yourself, if that’s your nature, but don’t lend it to your neighbors.

—Rudyard Kipling (1895, by Elliott & Fry; Public Domain)

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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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I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

—Leonardo da Vinci (Attrib to pupil Francesco Melzi; Public Domain)

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Live a Noble Life

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.

—Ernest Hemingway (1939, by Lloyd Arnold; Public Domain)

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