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"Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day."

"There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority."

"Every youth owes it to himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him."

"Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us."

"No young man starting in life could have better capital than plenty of friends. They will strengthen his credit, support him in every great effort, and make him what, unaided, he could never be. Friends of the right sort will help him more - to be happy and successful - than much money."

"A will finds a way."

"Whatever our creed, we feel that no good deed can by any possibility go unrewarded, no evil deed unpunished."

"The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone."

"The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other."

"Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career."

"All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible."

"We fail to see that we can control our destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be."

"You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them."

"The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson."
Nature

"Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight."

"Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man."
Nature

"If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place."

"No man fails who does his best."

"To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success."

"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them."

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