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"To spend life for something which outlasts it."

"Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different."

"Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not."

"Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test."

"I will act as if what I do makes a difference."

"If you want a trait, act as if you already have the trait."

"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome."

"Belief creates the actual fact."

"We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause."

"It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again."

"No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one's character may remain entirely unaffected for the better."

"Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout."

"The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals."

"There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self."

"Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible."

"It is wrong always, everywhere, and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence."

"Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case."

"Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task."

"Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making, and directly perceive how events happen, and how work is actually done."

"An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation."

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