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If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.

If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.

If you want a thing done, go - if not, send.

If you want to succeed, you must make your own opportunities as you go.

If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.

If, after all, men cannot always make history have meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.

In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.

Independence is happiness.

Is life so wretched? Isn't it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled? You are the one who must grow up.

It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself, and no one else, has made it.

It is better to be tied to any thorny bush than to be with a cross man.

It is easier to live life through someone else than to become complete yourself.

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.

It is our relation to circumstances that determines their influence over us. The same wind that carries one vessel into port may blow another off shore.

It is sometimes the man who opens the door who is the last to enter the room.

It is vain to ask of the gods what man is capable of supplying for himself.

It is what you are inside that matters. You, yourself, are your only real capital.


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