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What pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies ... the real man.
[Self Reliance]
 

What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.
[Immortality]
 

Whatever happens at all happens as it should; you will find this true, if you watch narrowly.
 

Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.
 

Whatever may befall you, it was preordained for you from everlasting.
 

Whatever may happen to thee, it was prepared for thee from all eternity; and the implication of causes was, from eternity, spinning the thread of thy being, and of that which is incident to it.
[Fate]
 

Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.
 

When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.
[Anger]
 

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
 

Where a man can live, he can also live well.
 

Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible; life in a palace is possible; therefore even in a palace a right life is possible.
 

Why do we shrink from change? What can come into being save by change?
[Change]
 

Without a purpose, nothing should be done.
[Goals]
 

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
 

You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.
 

You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.
 

Your life is what your thoughts make it.
[Life]
 


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