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“Never whine, never complain, never try to justify yourself.”

“Nothing is stable in the realm of power, and even the closest of friends can be transformed into the worst of enemies.”

“Only create associations with positive affinities. Make this a rule of life and you will benefit more than from all the therapy in the world.”

“People are essentially lazy, and want wealth to fall in their lap rather than to work for it.

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“People cannot stay motivated if their material needs go unmet.”

“Powerful people judge everything by what it costs, not just in money but in time, dignity, and peace of mind.”

“Read more books than those who have a formal education, developing this into a lifelong habit.”

“Self-interest is the lever that will move people. Once you make them see how you can in some way meet their needs or advance their cause, their resistance to your requests for help will magically fall away.”

“The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes.”

“The dreamers, those who misread the actual state of affairs and act upon their emotions, are often the source of the greatest mistakes in history – the wars that are not thought out, the disasters that are not foreseen.”

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.”

“The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear.”

“The pain and boredom we experience in the initial stage of learning a skill toughens our minds.”

“The passive ironic attitude is not cool or romantic, but pathetic and destructive.”

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“The path of pleasure never leads to glory!”

“The powerful never forget that what is offered for free is inevitably a trick.”

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“Every man carries with him the world in which he must live.”

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“The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves, they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.”

“The worth of money is not in its possession, but in its use.”

“There is too little mystery in the world; too many people say exactly what they feel or want.”

“Train yourself to read people, picking up the signals they unconsciously send about their innermost thoughts and intentions.”

“Uncontrollable desire makes you seem weak, unworthy, pathetic.”

“What is important when you are young is to train yourself to get by with little money and make the most of your youthful energy.”

“When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work — it only raises questions.”

“Win through your actions, never through argument.”

“You can never be sure who you are dealing with. A man who is of little importance and means today can be a person of power tomorrow.”

“You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity.”

“Your predictability gives them a sense of control. Turn the tables; be deliberately unpredictable.”

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“Actively rebel against the forces that push you away from your true path.”


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“Constantly look for challenges, pushing past your comfort zone.”


“Developing discipline through challenging situations and perhaps suffering along the way are no longer values that are promoted in our culture.”


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“Don’t worry about whether things will be hard. Because they will be. Instead, focus on the fact that these things will help you. This is why you needn’t fear them.”

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