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I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.


         

There is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

There is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.


         


Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.

Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.


         

Any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.

Any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.


         


We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.

We all should rise, above the clouds of ignorance, narrowness, and selfishness.


         

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.

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.


         

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.


         

Character is power.

Character is power.


         

It is important and right that all privileges of the law be ours, but it is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of those privileges.

It is important and right that all privileges of the law be ours, but it is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of those privileges.


         

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles he has overcome trying to succeed.

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles he has overcome trying to succeed.


         

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.


         


No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.


         

One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.


         

There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.

There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.


         

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.


         

You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals.

You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals.


         

Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.

Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.


         

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.


         

The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women.

The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women.


         

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.