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He who reforms himself, has done much toward reforming others; and one reason why the world is not reformed, is, because each would have others make a beginning, and never thinks of himself doing it. - Thomas Adams
Illusion and self-deception stand in the way of an honest, penetrating and fearless self-appraisal. Though it would appear that we have access to the innermost core of our individual being, and that there is nothing in the world with which we are on more intimate terms than our own self, the self remains an elusive object of knowledge and understanding. - Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren
There is nothing in the world better for the purification of the soul than the curbing of idle talk. - Agnon Schmuel Yoseph Agnon, pseudonym of Samuel Joseph Czaczkes
Every person in the world waits for signs of recognition and affection from others. - Shlomo Wolbe, aka Wilhelm Wolbe
Real joy seems dissonant from the human character in its present condition; and if it be felt, it must come from a higher region, for the world is shadowed by sorrow; thorns array the ground; the very clouds, while they weep fertility on our mountains, seem also to shed a tear on man’s grave who departs, unlike the beauties of summer, to return no more; who fades unlike the sons of the forest, which another summer beholds new clothed, when he is unclothed and forgotten. - Dwight Douglas Andrews
The world is not a place for enjoyment, but a place where humanity is on trial. - Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat, Abu Ismaïl Abdullah ibn Abi-Mansour Mohammad or Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat
Do not consider anything for your interest which makes you break your word, quit your modesty, or inclines you to any practice which will not bear the light, or look the world in the face. - Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus
A man who truly wants to make the world better should start by improving himself and his attitudes. - Fred de Armond
The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything else in the world but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success. - H. W. Arnold
Do not yearn for any other situation in the world besides the one you actually find yourself in. - Abraham ben Moses ben Maimon, aka Rabbi Avraham Maimuni, aka Rabbeinu Avraham ben ha-Rambam
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