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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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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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There is a point, of course, where a man must take the isolated peak and break with all his associates for clear principle; but until that time comes he must work, if he would be of use, with men as they are. As long as the good in them overbalances the evil, let him work with them for the best that can be obtained.

—Theodore Roosevelt (1904, by Pach Bros.; Public Domain)

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

—Henry David Thoreau (by Benjamin D Maxham; Public Domain)

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Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.

—Philip Stanhope, 4thEarl of Chesterfield (by Allan Ramsay; Public Domain)

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Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1753, by Maurice Quentin de La Tour; Public Domain)

Leaders in their respective fields have never been afraid to question the norm, which almost always opens them up to ridicule and the general forces of groupthink. By unabashedly exploring new avenues, however, they become the pioneers who ultimately lead us to a brighter tomorrow. Analyze your industry or the focus of your passion without the shackles of custom, and forge a new path forward. Create a new “normal” for the world.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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We have employments assigned to us for every circumstance in life. When we are alone, we have our thoughts to watch; in the family, our tempers; and in company, our tongues.

—Henry More (Public Domain)

Quite simply, those who live with such mental diligence and emotional control accomplish much in life; those who do not generally live in a world of chaos. Think of people you know on both sides of this spectrum. In which group would you rather find yourself?

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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