One principle reason why men are so often useless is that they divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.
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- The weakest spot in any person is where they think themselves to be the wisest.
- To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports; when we succeed; it betrays us.
- The penalty of success is to be bored by the attentions of people who formerly snubbed you.
- The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
- Success doesn’t mean the absence of failures; it means the attainment of ultimate objectives. It means winning the war, not every battle.
- If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has talent and uses only half of it, he has half failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.