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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Drudgery of every-day cares and duties

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Henry Wadsworth LongfellowThe every-day cares and duties which men call drudgery are the weights and counterpoises of the clock of Time, giving its pendulum a true vibration, and its hands a regular motion; and when they cease to hang upon the wheels, the pendulum no longer sways, the hands no longer move, the clock stands still.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  

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Susan Cain – The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting

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Susan CainThe secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers — of persistence, concentration, and insight — to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems. make art, think deeply.

Susan Cain  

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Helen Hayes – Distinction between achievement & success

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My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.

Helen Hayes  

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Thomas Edison – Invention success or failure

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It has been just so in all my inventions. The first step is an intuition–and comes with a burst, then difficulties arise. This thing gives out and then that –‘Bugs’–as such little faults and difficulties are called — show themselves and months of anxious watching. Study and labor are requisite before commercial success — or failure — is certainly reached.

Thomas Edison   (1847-1931)

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Martin Luther King – Doing a job well

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Martin Luther KingIf a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.

Martin Luther King  

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Kenzaburo Oe – Understanding comes hard

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Kenzaburo OeUnderstanding comes hard to persons of high rank who are accustomed to phony lifestyles that involve no daily work.

Kenzaburo Oe  

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E. F. Schumacher – From a Buddhist point of view

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From a Buddhist point of view, this is standing the truth on its head by considering goods as more important than people and consumption as more important than creative activity. It means shifting the emphasis from the worker to the product of work, that is, from the human to the sub-human, surrender to the forces of evil.

E. F. Schumacher   (1911-1977)

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