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Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.
 

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
 

Do not consider anything for your interest which makes you break your word, quit your modesty, or inclines you to any practice which will not bear the light, or look the world in the face.
[Honesty]
 

Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; but if a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.
 

Each day provides its own gifts.
 

Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle.
 

Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
[Present]
 

Everything harmonizes with me, which is harmonious to thee, O Universe. Nothing for me is too early or too late, which is in due time for thee. There is one light of the sun, though it is interrupted by walls, mountains and infinite other things. There is one common substance, though it is distributed among countless bodies which have their several qualities. There is one soul, though it is distributed among several natures and individual limitations. There is one intelligent soul, though it seems to be divided.
 

Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.
 

Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.
 

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
 

Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.
 

Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.
 

God overrules all mutinous accidents, brings them under his laws of fate, and makes them all serviceable to his purpose.
[Fate]
 

He that is violent in the pursuit of pleasure will not mind turning villain for the purchase.
[Pleasure]
 

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
 

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, ''This is a misfortune'' but ''To bear this worthily is good fortune.''
[Acceptance]
 

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
[Anger]
 

How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.
[Self Reliance]
 

How ridiculous and unrealistic is the man who is astonished at anything that happens in life.
 


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