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Upon every hand we meet with those who have some secret resentment that is ever being nurtured within their hearts. They resent the success, or happiness of some one whom they think is less deserving than they are. They resent the just recognition that comes to others from work and long effort to excel. Or, they may resent being born poor - or resent the fact that they were even born!... Strive to excel, strive to achieve, where others have failed, and you will find no space within your mind to lodge resentment. Resentment is the child of selfishness, foolish envy, and inactivity... Our life upon this earth is too valuable for resentment of any kind. There is so much to do, so much to learn - so little time in which to live and work it all out. - George Matthew Adams
I pray every single second of my life; not on my knees, but with my work. -
Honor is not that reward of virtue, for which the virtuous work, but they receive honor from men by way of reward, as from those who have nothing greater to offer. But virtue’s true reward is happiness itself, for which the virtuous work, whereas if they worked for honor, it would no longer be virtue, but ambition. -
The happy man needs friends... not, indeed, not make use of them, since he suffices himself, nor to delight in them, since he possesses perfect delight in the operation of virtue, but for the purpose of a good operation, namely, that he may do good to them, that he may delight in seeing them do good, and again that he may be helped by them in his good work. -
Garden work consists more in uprooting weeds than in planting seed. This applies also to teaching. - Berthold Auerbach
Cheerfulness sharpens the edge and removes the rust from the mind. A joyous heart supplies oil to our inward machinery, and makes the whole of our powers work with ease and efficiency. - Arthur Aughey
Begin; to begin is half the work. Let half still remain; at gain begin this, and thou wilt have finished. - Austonius, fully Decimus Magnus Ausonius
I cannot teach you the ten principles of service. But a little child and a thief can show you what they are. From the child you can learn three things: He is merry for no particular reason; never for a moment is he idle; when he needs something, he demands it vigorously. The thief can instruct you in seven things: He does his service by night; if he does not finish what he has set out to do, in one night, he devotes the next night to it; he and those who work with him love one another; he risks his life for small gains; what he takes has so little value for him that he gives it up for a very small coin; he endures blows and hardship, and it matters nothing to him; he likes his trade and would not exchange it for any other. - Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezeritch, aka Maggid of Mezeritch
To succeed, one must possess an effective combination of ability, ambition, courage, drive, hard work, integrity and loyalty. - Harry F. Banks, real name possibly Harry Band
As a remedy against all ills - poverty, sickness, and melancholy - only one thing is absolutely necessary: a liking for work. - Charles Pierre Baudelaire
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