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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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There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.

—Marie Curie (1920, by Henri Manuel; Public Domain)

We all know the people. Those souls who rush quickly to point out the errors of others rather than searching for the good, striving to move closer to the truth. It becomes such a wired-in habit that most don’t even realize they have developed this character defect. They chronically pay the price, however, for approaching life in this manner; this constant judgment of others repels happiness.

Reject this path. Continually look for ways to move forward in a positive, loving manner. Do this, and your life will be filled with peace and balance.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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