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The Art of Achievement.

You hold in your hand the camel’s hair brush of a painter of Life. You stand before the vast white canvas of Time. The paints are your thoughts, emotions and acts.

You select the colors of your thoughts; drab or bright, weak or strong, good or bad.

You select the colors of your emotions, discordant or harmonious, harsh or quiet, weak or strong.

You select the colors of your acts; cold or warm. fearful or daring, small or big.

~ Wilferd A. Peterson, The Art of Living (1961)

Some have sought peace in social distinction, but whether they have been within the charmed circle and fearful lest they might fall out, or outside and hopeful that they might get in, they have not found peace.

~ William Curtis Stiles, Excuse Me (1898)

The great generals of old first ensured that they themselves were beyond defeat and then waited for the enemy to make themselves vulnerable. Thus we can say that although you have it in your own hands to place yourself beyond defeat, you cannot, of yourself, bring about the defeat of the enemy. Whilst you are unsure of victory, defend; when you are sure of victory, attack. Defense should indicate that you are not in a position to defeat the enemy, attack that you are even stronger than you need to be. A skilled defender digs himself in deeper than the ninth level of the Earth; a skilled attacker falls on the enemy from above the ninth level of Heaven. In this way you can both protect yourself completely and ensure total victory.

~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War

When your mind thinks correctly, when you understand the truth, when the thoughts deposited in your subconscious mind are constructive, harmonious, and peaceful, the magic working power of your subconscious will respond and bring about harmonious conditions, agreeable surroundings, and the best of everything. When you begin to control your thoughts processes, you can apply the powers of your subconscious to any problem or difficulty. In other words, you will actually be consciously co-operating with the infinite power and omnipotent law which governs all things.

~ Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind(1963)

When you and I are unjustly criticized, let’s remember Rule 2:

Do the very best you can; and then put up your old umbrella and keep the rain of criticism from running down the back of your neck.

~ Dale Carnegie, How To Stop Worrying And Start Living (1944)

A person of decision: Poor execution is not as bad as indecision, for matter in motion does not rot like stagnant matter. Some are so incapable of decision that they need constantly to be prodded from without. This springs at times less from a confused judgement, since theirs may be unusually clear, than from unwillingness to act. It is an evidence of genius to foresee difficulties, but an evidence of greater genius to be able to see the way out of such difficulties. Others are embarrassed as they are of great judgement and determination, they are porn for the highest posts. Because their quick comprehension eases the day’s business and speeds it, whatever they tackle is soon finished. After having set one world in order, time is left to start upon another, and inasmuch as they feel that luck is with them, they set forth in confidence.

~ Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)

Words of truth are not pleasing.

Pleasing words are not truthful.

The wise one does not argue.

He who argues is not wise.

A wise man of Tao knows the subtle truth,

And may not be learned.

A learned person is knowledgeable but may not know the subtle truth of Tao.

A saint does not possess and accumulate surplus for personal desire.

The more he helps others, the richer his life becomes.

The more he gives to others, the more he gets in return.

The Tao of Nature benefits and does not harm.

The Way of a saint is to act naturally without contention.

~ Lau Tzu, Tao Te Ching

How do I inspire a good man who lacks confidence in himself?

A straight frontal attack—“Come on, boy, pull yourself together. Stop going around here like a mollycoddle. Be more assertive.”—won’t work. This guy will say, “Yeah, my wife tells me the same thing.” He may be more confident for a week or so, but then he’s worse than before.

First, make sure that this man is capable. Then, assuming he is a man of ability, approach him on this basis: …

~ Mortimer R. Feinberg, Ph.D., Effective Psychology For Mangers, (1965)

The Art of Thanksgiving.

The art of thanksgiving is thanks-living. It is gratitude in action. It is applying Albert Schweitzer’s philosophy: “In gratitude for your own good fortune you must render in return some sacrifice of your life for other life.”

It is thanking God for the gift of life by living it triumphantly.

It is thanking God for your talents and abilities by accepting them as obligations to be invested for the common good.

It is thanking God for all that men and women have done for you by doing things for others.

~ Wilferd A. Peterson, The Art of Living (1961)

Opera tenor Jan Peerce, after he was married nearly fifty years, once said: “My wife and I made a pact a long time ago, and we’ve kept it no matter how angry we’ve grown with each other. When one yells, the other should listen—because when two people yell, there is no communication, just noise and bad vibrations.”

Principle 1: The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.

~ Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People, (1936)