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"Heaven means to be one with God."

"One atom of the plane where He functions would shatter the world."

"Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods."

"Study the past, if you would divine the future."

"When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself."

"If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself."

"A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."

"Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors."

"The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort."

"Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire."

"To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness."

"It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get."

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."

"Ability will never catch up with the demand for it."

"Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator."

"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."

"Silence is a true friend who never betrays."

"To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge."

"The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later."

"Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!"

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