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Courage


Give us grace, O God, to do the deed which we well know cries to be done. Let us not hesitate because of ease, or the words of men's mouths, or our own lives. Mighty causes are calling us … But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifice and death. Mercifully grant us, O God, the spirit of Esther, that we say, "I will go unto the King, and if I perish, I perish." Amen.


The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.


Criticism


Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.


The secret of success is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the five guys who haven't made up their minds.


It's not what they say about you; it's what they whisper.


Diplomacy


Diplomacy is the art of saying, "Nice doggie!" while you are looking for a rock to throw.


One of the lessons of history is that ...

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