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"The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action."
-John Dewey
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"The spirit is the true self. The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure."
-Marcus Tullius Cicero
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"The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."
-Theodore Roosevelt
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"With self-discipline most anything is possible."
-Theodore Roosevelt
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"The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
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"Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society."
-Benjamin Franklin
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"Nature gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent, the nightingale for its song; and the sun for its radiance. The poets are entirely mistaken. They should address their lyrics to themselves and should turn them into odes of self congratulation on the excellence of the human mind."
-Alfred North Whitehead
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"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain; but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving."
-Dale Carnegie
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"Strange new problems are being reported in the growing generations of children whose mothers were always there, driving them around, helping them with their homework - an inability to endure pain or discipline or pursue any self-sustained goal of any sort, a devastating boredom with life."
-Betty Friedan
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"Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction."
-Aesop
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"Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people."
-Woodrow Wilson
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"Self-control is the chief element in self-respect and self-respect is the chief element in courage."
-Thucydides
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"I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence."
-Malcolm X
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"Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting."
-Emmet Fox
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"Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last."
-Charlotte Bronte
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"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."
-Cyril Connolly
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"Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration? - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance."
-Jean Anouilh
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"Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty, and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady."
-Thomas H. Huxley
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"Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery."
-Fulton J. Sheen
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"Love is our response to our highest values. Love is self-enjoyment. The noblest love is born out of admiration of another's values."
-Ayn Rand
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"I hold a beast, an angel and a madman in me, and my enquiry is as to their working, and my problem is their subjugation and victory, downthrow and upheaval, and my effort is their self-expression."
-Dylan Thomas
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"If I want to be great I have to win the victory over myself... self-discipline."
-Harry S Truman
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"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
-James Madison
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"Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being. We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order; knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly."
-Plotinus
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"Resentment is weak and lowers your self-esteem."
-Barbara Sher
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"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
-Helen Keller
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"Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world."
-Helen Keller
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"Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own."
-Madame de Stael
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