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Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi, coach
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Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. Albert Schweitzer, theologian
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Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time. Voltaire, writer
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In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. Miguel de Cervantes, novelist
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Women are degraded by the propensity to enjoy the present moment, and, at last, despise the freedom which they have not sufficient virtue to struggle to attain. Mary Wollstonecraft, writer
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Young children were sooner allured by love, than driven by beating, to attain good learning. Roger Ascham, writer
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Hip-hop is more about attaining wealth. People respect success. They respect big. They don't even have to like your music. If you're big enough, people are drawn to you. Jay-Z, musician
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Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain. David Hume, philosopher
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Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain. Doug Coupland, author
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Wherever I go, I bring the culture with me, so that they can understand that it's attainable. I didn't do it any other way than through hip-hop. Jay-Z, musician
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It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own. Herbert Hoover, president
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Yet with great toil all that I can attain by long experience, and in learned schools, is for to know my knowledge is but vain, and those that think them wise, are greatest fools. William Alexander,
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And as long as you're subject to birth and death, you'll never attain enlightenment. Bodhidharma, leader
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I take it that the good of mankind means the attainment, by every man, of all the happiness which he can enjoy without diminishing the happiness of his fellow men. Thomas Huxley, scientist
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The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion. John Ruskin, writer
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The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism. Georg C. Lichtenberg, scientist
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It's not about failure; it's about trying something and risking something for attaining your goal. Carol Alt, model
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Favored Nations is a long-term commitment. Our hope is that those who are passionate about real musicianship will want to hear and own most of our albums. We will set out to attain the same direct relationship with our customers that we have with our artists. Steve Vai, musician
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If the undocumented have to work hard to attain citizenship, those of us who already are citizens should have to work hard to sustain it. We should all have to serve more, vote more, build more, and do more for our country. Eric Liu, writer
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Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service. Henry Ford, industrialist
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Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create. Pope John Paul II, clergyman
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The true snob never rests; there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon. Russell Lynes, critic
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Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained. Lao Tzu, philosopher
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Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms. Samuel Johnson, author
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Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek. Mario Andretti, celebrity
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Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other's welfare, social justice can never be attained. Helen Keller, author
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Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don't quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don't quit until you reach it. Never quit. Bear Bryant, coach
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The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us - of becoming happy - is not attainable: yet we may not - nay, cannot - give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other. Sigmund Freud, psychologist
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Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it. Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist
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I have been an "Official" all my life, without the least turn for it. I never could attain a true official manner, which is highly artificial and handles trifles with ludicrously disproportionate gravity. William Allingham, poet
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The poor prey on one another because their lives offer no hope and communicate the tragic message to these human beings that they have no possibility to attain a decent standard of living. Thabo Mbeki, statesman
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To unfold the secret laws and relations of those high faculties of thought by which all beyond the merely perceptive knowledge of the world and of ourselves is attained or matured, is a object which does not stand in need of commendation to a rational mind. George Boole, mathematician
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The engineer, and more generally the designer, is concerned with how things ought to be - how they ought to be in order to attain goals, and to function. Herbert Simon, scientist
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To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life - bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace. Peace Pilgrim, activist
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Each and every master, regardless of the era or the place, heard the call and attained harmony with heaven and earth. There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit - love. Morihei Ueshiba, athlete
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Give me the comma of imperfect striving, thus to find zest in the immediate living. Ever the reaching but never the gaining, ever the climbing but never the attaining of the mountain top. Winston Graham, novelist
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If it is the mark of the artist to love art before everything, to renounce everything for its sake, to think all the sweet human things of life well lost if only he may attain something, do some good, great work - then I was never an artist. Ellen Terry, actress
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In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way. Havelock Ellis, psychologist
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There is also a perfection of degrees, by which a person performs all the commands of God, with the full exertion of all his powers, without the least defect. This is what the law of God requires, but what the saints cannot attain to in this life. Charles Buck,
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A good government implies two things; first, fidelity to the objects of the government; secondly, a knowledge of the means, by which those objects can be best attained. Joseph Story, judge
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Homelessness is the actor's fate; physical incapacity to attain what is most required and desired by such a spirit as I am a slave to. Edwin Booth, actor
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When the drama attains a characterization which makes the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue which characterizes yet pleases for itself, we reach dramatic literature. George P. Baker,
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You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can't practice to attain wisdom. Herbie Hancock, musician
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And I pray thee, loving Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou wouldst mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all wisdom and to appear forever before Thy face. Venerable Bede, clergyman
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I have just joined the Board of the Population Institute because I am convinced that early stabilization of the world's population is important for the attainment of this objective. Walter Kohn, physicist
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In a sense, a hit belongs to the person who made it popular, but if a tune is good enough to attain tremendous success, then it certainly deserves more than one version, one treatment, one approach. Les Baxter, musician
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So every creative act strives to attain an absolute status; it longs to create a world of beauty to triumph over chaos and convert it to order. Rowan D. Williams, clergyman
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But the further step, by means of which a civilization is given its quality or culture, is only attained by a process of cellular division, in the course of which the individual is differentiated, made distinct from and independent of the parent group. Herbert Read, poet
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Thanks to the high standing which science has for so long attain and to the impartiality of the Nobel Prize Committee, the Nobel Prize for Physics is rightly considered everywhere as the highest reward within the reach of workers in Natural Philosophy. Guglielmo Marconi, scientist
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I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness. Joan Miro, artist
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Few men can be said to have inimitable excellencies: let us watch them in their progress from infancy to manhood, and we shall soon be convinced that what they attained was the necessary consequence of the line they pursued, and the means they used. Adam Clarke, theologian
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The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois. Gustave Flaubert, novelist
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She has great problems of her own to solve, very grim and perilous problems, and a right solution, if we can attain to it, would largely benefit mankind. Henry Cabot Lodge, politician
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As much experience, education and awareness as one can attain is important for a comedian. Shelley Berman, comedian
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The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb. Robert Casey, politician
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For some years I deserted religion in favour of Marxism. The republic of goodness seemed more attainable than the Kingdom of God. Lionel Blue, clergyman
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We shall probably never attain the power of measuring the velocity of nervous action; for we have not the opportunity of comparing its propagation through immense space, as we have in the case of light. Johannes P. Muller, scientist
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This is our mercury, our lunary, but whosoever thinks of any other water besides this, is ignorant and foolish, never attaining to the desired effects. George Ripley, activist
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Little minds attain and are subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them. Washington Irving, writer
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