Category Effort

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To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. ~ Emily Dickinson  

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Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. ~ John F. Kennedy  

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Age considers; youth ventures. ~ Rabindranath Tagore  

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Failure is the path of least persistence. ~ George M. Van Valkenburg, Jr  

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I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~ Abraham Lincoln

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Opening a new funeral parlor can be quite an undertaking.  

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No prizes for predicting rain.  Prizes are only awarded for building arks.  

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People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily. ~ Zig Ziglar  

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If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. ~ Rachel Carson  

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Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. ~ James Michener

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I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ~ Michelangelo

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The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.

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If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score? ~ Vince Lombardi

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To be number one, you have to train like your number two. ~ Maurice Greene

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I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Go the extra mile. It makes your boss look like an incompetent slacker.

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It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Parenting is like joining the Peace Corps; it is the toughest job you’ll ever love.

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If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it in the beginning. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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If you ain’t makin’ waves, you ain’t kickin’ hard enough!

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To trudge:  the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on. ~  Geoffrey Chaucer

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The day before is what we bring to the day we’re actually living through, life is a matter of carrying along all those days-before, just as someone might carry stones, and when we can no longer cope with the load, the work is done. ~ José Saramago

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Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch that I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began. ~ Mary Oliver

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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anais Nin

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Nature gave men two ends–one to sit on and one to think with.  Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.  ~ George R. Kirkpatrick

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All philosophy in two words; sustain and abstain.  ~ Epictetus

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And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance, I hope you dance. ~ Lee Anne Womak (“I Hope You Dance”)

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We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence…on pain of liquidation. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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Absque argento omnia vana. ~ Latin:  Without money, all efforts are in vain.

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If you accept the expectations of others, especially the negative ones, then you will never change the outcome. ~ Michael Jordan

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Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. ~ William Arthur Ward

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Commitment is a line you must cross. It is the difference between dreaming and doing. ~ Bernie Fuche

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To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing it’s best to make you somebody else is the hardest battle you are ever going to fight.  Never stop fighting. ~ e.e. cummings

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You can blow out a candle, but you can’t blow out a fire, once the flame begins to catch, the wind will blow it higher. ~ Peter Gabriel (“Biko”)

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There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path! ~ Morpheus (The Matrix)

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The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

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Faith is building on what you know is here, so you can reach what you know is there. ~ Cullen Hightower

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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence, determination and hard work make the difference. ~ Calvin Coolidge

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Give up for a second and that is where you will finish.

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Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn’t be done. ~ Sam Ewing

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Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. ~ Bill Cosby

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It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done;  it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known. ~ Charles Dickens

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This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we know what to do with it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day. ~ Barbara De Angelis

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Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. ~ Jacob M. Braude

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If the pace of change outside your farm gate is greater than the pace of change inside the gate, then there is a problem. ~ Pita Alexander

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You can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help. ~ Abraham Lincoln

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Do all you should, not all you could. ~ Anonymous