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  • Put the uncommon effort into the common task... make it large by doing it in a great way.
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  • Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes through your hands. Stamp it with your manhood. Let superiority be your trademark...
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  • It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well.
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  • We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always, everywhere your ideal of what you long to attain the ideal of health, efficiency, success.
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  • To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success.
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  • Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will see farther.
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  • Just make up your mind at the very outset that your work is going to stand for quality... that you are going to stamp a superior quality upon everything that goes out of your hands, that whatever you do shall bear the hall-mark of excellence.
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  • Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day.
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  • There is only one thing for us to do, and that is to do our level best right where we are every day of our lives; To use our best judgment, and then to trust the rest to that Power which holds the forces of the universe in his hands.
    (Orison Swett Marden)

  • The greatest trouble with most of us is that our demands upon ourselves are so feeble, the call upon the great within of us so weak and intermittent that it makes no impression upon the creative energies it lacks the force that transmutes desires into realities.
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  • The hand cannot reach higher than does the heart.
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  • There is something greater than wealth, grander even than fame manhood, character, stand for success ... nothing else really does.
    (Orison Swett Marden)

  • Whatever our creed, we feel that no good deed can by any possibility go unrewarded, no evil deed unpunished.
    (Orison Swett Marden)

  • It is those who have this imperative demand for the best in their natures, and who will accept nothing short of it, that holds the banners of progress, that set the standards, the ideals, for others.
    (Orison Swett Marden)

  • We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.
    (Orison Swett Marden)


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