Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's
writings so that you shall come easily by what others
have labored hard for.
seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves
us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain
stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades.
Mme. Du Deffand
safest principle through life, instead of reforming
others, is to set about perfecting yourself.
B. R. Haydon
yourself and fortune will change with you.
you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself.
highest purpose of intellectual cultivation is to give
a man a perfect knowledge and mastery of his own inner
self; to render our consciousness its own light and
its own mirror.
Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg
are the aims which are at the same time duties? They
are perfecting of ourselves, the happiness of others.
only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the
other by association with smarter people.
- Will Rogers
Whenever you see a man who is successful in society,
try to discover what makes him pleasing, and if possible
adopt his system.
scrap of paper and a stub of a pencil beats the best
of us must work for his own improvement, and at the
same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.
man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character.
Happy is he who acts as the Columbus to his own soul.
Sir J. Stephen
Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.
believe that true identity is found in creative activity
springing from within. It is found when one loses oneself.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
am not afraid of storms, for I am leaning how to sail
Louisa May Alcott
is the source of all trouble,
but also of all progress, in individuals and nations.
greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious
yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone
else expects of you.
Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher
was the sacred rule among the Pythagoreans that they
should every evening thrice run over the actions and
affairs of the day.
Dr. L. Watts
neglect an opportunity for improvement.
Sir William Jones
and your merits will take care of themselves.
within, for within is the wellspring of virtue,
which will not cease flowing, if you cease not from
- Marcus Aurelius
has naturally the power of excelling in some one thing.
in calamity; mercy in greatness; good speeches in assemblies;
fortitude in adversity: these are the self-attained
perfections of great souls.
yourself in little things, and thence proceed to greater.
farther a man knows himself to be free from perfection,
the nearer he is to it.
you have great talents, industry will improve them;
If moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiencies.
Nothing is denied to well-directed labor: nothing is
ever to be attained without it.
Sir Joshua Reynolds
is nothing noble about being superior to some other
man. The true nobility is in being superior to your
you are must always displease you, if you would attain
to that which you are not.
up to the best that is in you: Live noble lives, as
you all may, in whatever condition you may find yourselves.
Henry W. Longfellow
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