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The wildest hope of a healthy person is to get back to his first Christmas party and be shy enough to be happy.
G.K Chesterton

Evelyn Waugh: 'Yes, I was determined to have a happy Christmas'
'Did you?'
'I think so. I don't remember it much, and that's always a good sign, isn't it?'

At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth.
One of Shakespeare’s three references to Christmas, in Love’s Labour’s Lost

‘He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy, He the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.’
St. Augustine

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Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.
Pablo Picasso

Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.George Burns

A loser doesn't know what he'll do if he loses, but talks about what he'll do if he wins, and a winner doesn't talk about what he'll do if he wins but knows what he'll do if he loses.Eric Berne

Brilliant men are often strikingly ineffectual; they fail to realize that the brilliant insight is not by itself achievement. They never have learned that insights become effectiveness only through hard systematic work.Peter Drucker

Writing is a dreadful labour, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.Thomas Carlyle

There is no such thing as talent.There is pressure.Thomas Carlyle

Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.Logan Pearsall Smith

Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present.Cyril Connolly

It's only work if somebody makes you do it.Calvin and Hobbes

Work is much more fun than fun.Noel Coward

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.Damon Runyan quoting Hugh E. Keough

People used to laugh at me when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well, they're not laughing now.Bob Monkhouse

I've heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance.
Ronald Reagan

“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
G.K. Chesterton

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
Albert Schweitzer

They all laughed when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well, they aren’t laughing now.
Bob Monkhouse

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
Alfred Adler

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
Carl Jung

Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.
Katharine Whitehorn

Never let a good crisis go to waste.
Rahm Emanuel

My friends, as I have discovered myself, there are no disasters, only opportunities. And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters.
Boris Johnson

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The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Walter Bagehot

Procrastination is the fear of success. Because success is heavy, it carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the "someday I'll" philosophy.
Denis Waitley

After all, people may really have in them some vocation which is not quite plain to themselves, may they not? They may seem idle and weak because they are growing. We should be very patient with each other, I think.
George Eliot

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
Bertrand Russell

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.
J.M. Barrie

Things can be done. The people in life who get them done are the ones who know that, and the ones who don't are the rest.
Tony Hawks

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
Mark Twain

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I don't like work — no man does — but I like what is in work — the chance to find yourself.
Joseph Conrad

It's never too late to be what you might have been.
George Elliot

Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.
Franz Kafka

What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
Bob Dylan

I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
Vincent Van Gogh

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Dr. Johnson

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Carl Jung

Many people are so busy working that they forget to live.
Andreea Raicu

Unimportant work expands to fill the time in which frightening things should be done.
Paul Wood

Life isn't coursework, baby. It's one damn essay crisis after another.
Boris Johnson

Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody in the room.
Retired General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis

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A man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know—is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by DECIDING TO LOOK, you go a long way toward making the choice.
Hunter S. Thompson, aged 20

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.
Abraham Maslow

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