The seven deadly sins ... Food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven milestones from man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the milestones are lifted.

- George Bernard Shaw Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.

        - Booker T. Washington

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

- Albert Camus Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments. Money canít buy happiness. But it helps you look for it in a lot more places.
        - Editorial, "The London Times"

"Money doesn't make you happy, but it gives a zone of comfort around you."
        - Maeve Binchy

A heavy purse makes a light heart.
        - Irish Proverb

"Money moves, like planets, and its very movement reveals truths."
        - from "Numb3rs"

"Praised be to God, I neither live in poverty nor pomp, but in a very good indifferency, and to a full content."
        - William Fitzhugh of Virginia (1686)

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
        - Benjamin Disraeli

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

- Abraham Lincoln Status Anxiety: A worry, so pernicious as to be capable of ruining extended stretches of our lives, that we are in danger of failing to conform to the ideals of success laid down by our society and that we may as a result be stripped of dignity and respect; a worry that we are currently occupying too modest a rung or are about to fall to a lower one.
        - Alain de Botton, "Status Anxiety"

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.
        - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, "The Physiology of Taste" (1825)

Whether they be old or young, rich or poor, high or low, wise or foolish, ignorant or learned, every individual is seen to be strongly actuated by a desire to be seen, heard, talked of, approved and respected... a passion for distinction.
        - John Adams

Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.
        - James Russell Lowell

The crowds cheered me as I passed by, but they would be just as noisy if they were going to see me hanged.
        - Oliver Cromwell, on the illusions of fame

To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.
        - Joseph Addison

What is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.
        - James Russell Lowell

A combination of all that was best in the gladdest days of the departing year...
        - Shelby Foote, describing Christmas in the antebellum South, "The Civil War"

As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.
        - Oliver Wendell Holmes

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
        - John Kenneth Galbraith

It seems you haven't really become a success until you have as many people as possible condemning you.
        - Ian O'Doherty, "The Irish Independent"

Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling. Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people in the world?
        - Stephen Fry

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.

If only we stopped trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.

        - Edith Wharton

"I think perhaps the secret of happiness lies in knowing which of our ambitions we can achieve."
        - Dr. Fitzpiers, in Thomas Hardy's "The Woodlanders"

Happiness is the exercise of vital powers, along lines of excellence, in a life affording them scope.
        - Aristotle

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind.

"Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty."
        - Voltaire

"If you owe your banker a thousand dollars and have five hundred to pay him, you've got a problem; if you ower your banker a million and you don't have a nickel, he's got a partner."
        - Anon

"The pursuit of material things is ultimately pointless if one loses the things that are truly valuable to the human spirit."
        - Narration from "The Outer Limits: Alien Shop"

The grand essentials of life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for

One's religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is Success.

        - Joseph Addison

Sensible people find nothing useless.

        - Jean de la Fontaine, "Fables"

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of ones values.

A good life is not always a happy one. People are often justified in being unhappy about their circumstances and surroundings. Discontent and ambition have driven humanity to confront and overcome the challenges they faced.
        - Frank Furedi, on the utility of unhappiness, "The Telegraph"

Know that the people who are the richest are not those who have the most, but those who need the least.
        - Anon

# Subjectivity

The mind is it's own place, and of itself can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven

Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud and one the stars.

        - Frederick Langbridge, 1849-1923.

Not in the clamour of the crowded street, Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.

I believe this is Heaven to no one else but me... If all men were to bring their miseries together in one place, most would be glad to take his own home again rather than take a portion out of the common stock.

        - Solon

The most unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so.

        - David Hume

I must find a truth that is true for me.

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
        - Margaret Lee Runbeck

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
        - Douglas Adams

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
        - Philip K. Dick

The most merciful thing in the world... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
        - H.P. Lovecraft

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
        - George Bernard Shaw

"Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him."
        - Dr. Johnson

Real pain can alone cure us of imaginary ills. We feel a thousand miseries till we are lucky enough to feel misery.
        - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Present fears are less than horrible imaginings
        - from Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

# Relativity

Tis better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven

Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with. -Bob Wells # Relaxation

If all the year were playing holidays,to sport would be as tedious as to work.

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it. The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. # Career

No profit grows where is no pleasure taken; In brief, sir, study what you most affect.

Find a job that you love, and you will never work a day in your life - Confucius Every man loves what he is good at. Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling. I can think of nothing more soul destroying in life than to persist in trying to do a thing you want desperately to do well, and to know that you are at the best second rate. # Wealth

If Heaven had looked upon riches to be a valuable thing, it would not have given them to such a scoundrel.

Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honour, generosity and beauty as conspicuously as the want of it represents illness, weakness, disgrace, meanness and ugliness. Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth.
        - Oscar Wilde

Barry was one of those born clever enough at gaining a fortune, but incapable of keeping one. For the qualities and energies which lead a man to achieve the first are often the very cause of his ruin in the latter case.
        - The Narrator, in "Barry Lyndon"

Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.

"make lots of money", "enjoy the work", "operate within the law": choose 2 Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five. Money couldn't buy friends but you got a better class of enemy. Happy are those with wealth, thy kindgom come, thy will be done ó on earth if not in heaven.

        - William Beckford

"I don't have the life that I want."
"How would you know it if you had it? So you're miserable ó but at least you're rich and miserable."

        - Dr. Ben Creed and John Bollandine, "Tempting Fate"

If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.

- Anon The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money. - Unknown # Success, Triumph & Victory

Success is the child of audacity.

Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.

        - Dorothea Brande

Fortune favours the prepared mind.

         - Louis Pasteur

The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.

Winning is not everything - but making the effort to win is. Itís tough at the top. Itís tough at the bottom. But in between you could use them for horse-shoes. It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail. How far high failure overleaps the bounds of low successes. I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone. - Bill Cosby "Failure is success if we learn from it."
        - Malcolm Forbes

"Adversity and success both contribute largely to making you what you are. If you don't experience either one of those, you're being deprived of something."
        - Shelby Foote

You got to have two things to win. You got to have brains and you got to have balls. Now you've got too much of one and not enough of the other.

- Paul Newman, "The Color of Money" The only thing better than winning is losing knowing you gave your best. -Michael Ip It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose. -Darren Weinberg It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper. - Errol Flynn It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. - Somerset Maugham You can only experience the thrill of victory if there is the possibility of defeat - Dr. Kate Pulaski, Star Trek TNG : "Elementary Dear Data" The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.

        - Damon Runyon

Good sense alone is a sedate and quiescent quality, which manages its possessions well, but does not increase them; it collects few materials for its own operations, and preserves safety, but never gains supremacy.

        - Samuel Johnson


Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.

        - Sir Winston Churchill

Heroism consists in hanging on one minute longer.

Only a true weakling is capable of true courage. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. - Ambrose Redmoon Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

        - Mark Twain

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.

        - Michel de Montaigne

It is an exaggeration to say we have nothing to fear but fear itself, but correct to say that we have lots to fear from cowardice.
        - Brendan Keenan

It takes a lot of moral courage not to be afraid of being thought afraid.
        - John Dill, British WW2 General

An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.

- Herman Melville, "Moby Dick" In time of peril, like the needle to the lodestone, obedience, irrespective of rank, generally flies to him who is best fitted to command.

        - Herman Melville

There's such a thing as being too frightened to be a coward.

When a man doesnít know the meaning of the word 'fear', that might just be a deficiency in his education.

        - Mark Steyn


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