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Helen Keller – Trial and suffering and character

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Helen KellerCharacter cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.

Helen Keller   (1880-1968)

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David Hume – An incurable and inflexible human passion

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David HumeWhere ambition can be so happy as to cover its enterprises even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of all human passions.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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Mark Twain – Keep away from people who belittle

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Mark TwainKeep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain   (1835-1910)

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Michel de Montaigne – Ambition is a contrary humor to solitude

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Michel de MontaigneAmbition is, of all other, the most contrary humor to solitude; and glory and repose are so inconsistent that they cannot possibly inhabit one and the same place; and for so much as I understand, those have only their arms and legs disengaged from the crowd, their mind and intention remain engaged behind more than ever.

Michel de Montaigne  

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Niccolò Machiavelli – As men are apt to be cast down by adversity

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Niccolo MachiavelliIt is a true observation of ancient writers, that as men are apt to be cast down by adversity, so they are easily satiated with prosperity, and that joy and grief produce the same effects. For whenever men are not obliged by necessity to fight they fight from ambition, which is so powerful a passion in the human breast that however high we reach we are never satisfied.

Niccolò Machiavelli  

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