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No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.

One man with a dream, at pleasure, Shall go forth and conquer a crown, And three with a new song's measure, Can trample an empire down.

One starts an action simply because one must do something.

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes. See quote detail

Poverty, Frost, Famine, Rain, Disease, are the beadles and guardsmen that hold us to Common Sense.

Praise is the only gift for which people are really grateful.

Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise.

Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.

Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.

Sure, being hungry could be a great motivator, but coaching is a lot more fun if you don't have to do it for a living.

Take away the cause, and the effect ceases.

Talent isn't enough. You need motivation-and persistence, too: what Steinbeck called a blend of faith and arrogance. When you're young, plain old poverty can be enough, along with an insatiable hunger for recognition. You have to have that feeling of "I'll show them." If you don't have it, don't become a writer.

The greatest efforts of the race have always been traceable to the love of praise, as its greatest catastrophes to the love of pleasure.

The moment somebody says to me, "This is very risky," is the moment it becomes attractive to me.

The passion to get ahead is sometimes born of the fear lest we be left behind.

The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real.

The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.

The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.


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