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"Attaining even mediocrity is often a struggle." - Mason Cooley

"As the expression goes, we spend our youth attaining wealth, and our wealth attaining youth." - Douglas Coupland

"Seek perfection, and find joy in never attaining it." - Lupita Nyong'o

"Martyrdom is the shortest way of attaining an eternal life." - Osama Bin Laden

"There are no means of attaining faith and certainty except through the Qur'an." - Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya

"Improve yourself by other men's writings thus attaining effortlessly what they acquired through great difficulty." - Socrates

"The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion." - Socrates

"Love, Arthur, is a poodle's chance of attaining the infinite, and personally I have my pride." - Louis-Ferdinand Celine

"Appetite, with an opinion of attaining, is called hope; the same, without such opinion, despair." - Thomas Hobbes

"It's not about failure; it's about trying something and risking something for attaining your goal" - Carol Alt

"Since attaining the full use of my reason no one has ever heard me laugh." - Lord Chesterfield

"Have the courage to follow your dreams. It's the first step towards attaining your destiny." - Nikita Koloff

"Be humble in order to attain enlightenment. Thus, after attaining it, be more humble still." - Samael Aun Weor

"Godly leadership is not about attaining recognition or glory; it's about serving others." - John M. Perkins

"A sense of contentment is a key factor for attaining happiness" - Dalai Lama

"Virtue is the desire of things honourable and the power of attaining them." - Plato

"Vigorous let us be in attaining our ends, and mild in our method of attainment." - H P Lovecraft

"Vigorous let us be in attaining our ends, and mild in our method of attainment." - Lord Newborough

"The most difficult part of attaining perfection is finding something to do for an encore." - Anonymous

"What is creative is the seeking of perfection - and not attaining it." - Semir Zeki

"Even the bands I dig don't have a history of attaining mass consumption." - Evan Dando

"The office of the Vice-President is a greater honor than I ever dreamed of attaining." - Chester A Arthur

"It's not about failure; it's about trying something and risking something for attaining your goal." - Carol Alt

"Whoever loves above all the approach of love will never know the joy of attaining it." - Antoine De Saintexupery

"Success is attaining your dream while helping others to benefit from that dream materializing." - Sugar Ray Leonard

"A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated." - Horace Mann

"Whoever loves above all the approach of love will never know the joy of attaining it." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"For most people, attaining the intellectual clarity and emotional detachment that investing requires is tough." - Guy Spier

"Misers mistake gold for their good; whereas 'tis only a means of attaining it." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"The man who actually knows just what he wants in life has already gone a long way toward attaining it." - Napoleon Hill

"Great men's honor ought always to be measured by the methods they made use of in attaining it." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"There is only one way of attaining liberation and of obtaining the omniscience of enlightenment: following an authentic spiritual master." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"The Master would insist that the final barrier to our attaining God was the word and concept God." - Anthony De Mello

"Man can only be what he sees himself to be, and only attain what he sees himself attaining." - Florence Scovel Shinn

"The first step towards attaining a higher standard of holiness is to realize more fully the amazing sinfulness of sin." - J C Ryle

"To write upon all is an author's sole chance For attaining, at last, the least knowledge of any." - Thomas Moore

"The tantras are ancient sacred books of India and Tibet. The tantras detail specific means for attaining liberation." - Frederick Lenz

"Attaining a PhD is just an excuse that all young women are using nowadays to avoid starting families." - Kevin Rudd

"Each person on this planet is inherently, intrinsically capable of attaining "dizzying heights" of happiness and fulfillment." - Wayne Dyer

"Attaining consciousness is connected with the gradual liberation from mechanicalness, for man is fully and completely under mechanical laws." - P.D. Ouspensky

"With any method of attaining great wealth, there is a price, and price is not always measured in money" - Robert Kiyosaki

"It is better to be unsuccessful pursuing a significant goal that being successful attaining an insignificant one." - Michael Josephson

"Sitting in stillness has got to be the greatest asset I have in terms of attaining happiness." - Russell Simmons

"Hope For Appetite with an opinion of attaining, is called HOPE. Despaire The same, without such opinion, DESPAIRE." - Thomas Hobbes

"Nonviolent non-co-operators can only succeed when they have succeeded in attaining control over the hooligans of India." - Mahatma Gandhi

"To attain "success" without attaining positive self-esteem is to be condemned to feeling like an imposter anxiously awaiting exposure." - Nathaniel Branden

"Sometimes attaining the deepest familiarity with a question is our best substitute for actually having the answer." - Brian Greene

"We are undoing a pattern... It's the human pattern: we project onto the world a zillion possibilities of attaining resolution." - Pema Chodron

"Whoever we are, wherever we are, however we are, whatever our condition is, there is no impediment to attaining the perfection of life-if we are humble & sincere." - Radhanath Swami

"All opinions in the world agree in this, that pleasure is our end, although they differ as to the means of attaining it." - Michel De Montaigne

"The greatest problem for the human species, the solution of which nature compels him to seek, is that of attaining a civil society which can administer justice universally." - Immanuel Kant

"Yoga is the study of the functioning of the body, the mind and the intellect in the process of attaining freedom." - Geeta Iyengar

"Felicity is a continual progress of the desire from one object to another, the attaining of the former being still but the way to the latter." - Thomas Hobbes

"In the United States, there is no end which human will despairs of attaining through the combined power of individuals united in a society." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it." - J I Packer

"Sometimes we desire absolute nonsense because in our stupidity we see in this nonsense the easiest way of attaining some conjectural good." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"While combat efficiency is a primary function of Shaolin Kung Fu, a more immediate and useful benefit in our law-abiding society is attaining radiant health and vitality." - Wong Kiew Kit

"The object of all life is development; and everything that lives has an inalienable right to all the development it is capable of attaining" - Wallace D. Wattles

"Other inner peace quotes encourage letting go of the desire to control everything around us, and slowing down as ways of attaining inner peace." - Brian Weiss

"Life is not accomplishing some special work but attaining to a degree of consciousness and inner freedom which is beyond all works and attainments." - Thomas Merton

"The limits of pleasures are as yet neither known nor fixed, and we have no idea what degree of bodily bliss we are capable of attaining." - Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

"But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Our predicament is not the difficulty of attaining happiness, but the difficult of avoiding the misery to which the pursuit of happiness exposes us." - Michael Joseph Oakeshott

"[The] emperor of the West, the feeble and dissolute Valentinian, [had] reached his thirty-fifth year without attaining the age of reason or courage." - Edward Gibbon

"When a man has dreamed of winning something by a colossal stroke of luck, he is prone to neglect petty but more practical ways of attaining it." - Francoise Sagan

"There are two ways of attaining an important end, force and perseverance; the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time." - Madame Swetchine

"Read the sacred writings of all the peoples on Earth. Through all of them runs, like a red thread, the hidden Science of attaining and maintaining wakefulness." - Gustav Meyrink

"I consider violence an uneconomical way of attaining an end. There are always better substitutes, though they may sometimes be a little less direct." - Isaac Asimov

"Of all Discourse , governed by desire of Knowledge, there is at last an End , either by attaining, or by giving over." - Thomas Hobbes

"A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, in desiring attaining himself, helps others to attain." - Confucius

"In the course of time one does not feel even the existence of God. After attaining enlightenment one sees that gods and deities are all Maya." - Sarada Devi

"As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Read the sacred writings of all the peoples on Earth. Through all of them runs, like a red thread, the hidden Science of attaining and maintaining wakefulness." - Gustave Meyrink

"Even the lucky ones, who do manage to become happy by attaining their goals, live each day in fear of losing whatever it is they may have gained." - Frederick Lenz

"This is our mercury, our lunary, but whosoever thinks of any other water besides this, is ignorant and foolish, never attaining to the desired effects." - George Ripley

"There are two ways of attaining an important end, force and perseverance; the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time." - Sophie Swetchine

"In the Bhagavad-Gita, a book that I revere and respect, it's indicated that even women, along with animals, are capable of attaining enlightenment." - Frederick Lenz

"The unambitious sluggard pretends that the eminence is not worth attaining, declines altogether the struggle, and calls himself a philosopher. I say he is a poor-spirited coward." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"Mr. Darwin refers to the multitude of the individual of every species, which, from one cause or another, perish either before, or soon after attaining maturity." - Richard Owen

"Every nation has its prestigious military academies - or so few of them - that reach not only the virtues of peace but also the art of attaining it? I mean attaining and protecting it by means other than weapons, the tools of war. Why are we surprised whenever war recedes and yields to peace?" - Elie Wiesel

"The state of self-realization, as we call it, is not attaining something new or reaching some goal which is far away, but simply being that which you always are and which you always have been." - Ramana Maharshi

"Your fervent wishes can only find fulfillment if you succeed in attaining love and understanding of men, and animals, and plants, and stars, so that every joy becomes your joy and every pain your pain." - Albert Einstein

"I should be extremely sorry to find that in a fictitious proceeding, instituted for the more easy attaining of justice, different rules were to obtain in the different Courts." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"The chief aim of education is to show you, after you make a livelihood, how to enjoy living; and you can live longest and best and most rewardingly by attaining and preserving the happiness of learning." - Gilbert Highet

"The constant desire of pleasing which is the peculiar quality of some, may be called the happiest of all desires in this that it rarely fails of attaining its end when not disgraced by affectation." - Henry Fielding

"You shall find, that there cannot be a greater spur to the attaining what you would have the eldest learn, and know himself, than to set him upon teaching it his younger brothers and sisters." - John Locke

"That constant desire of pleasing which is the peculiar quality of some, may be called the happiest of all desires in this, that it scarcely ever fails of attaining its ends, when not disgraced by affectation." - Henry Fielding

"Emotional control is essential for attaining higher levels of mind. The thing that the teacher looks for in a student is the degree of self-control, not coldness that someone has." - Frederick Lenz

"We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it." - Gretchen Rubin

"Patience is the capacity to endure all that is necessary in attaining a desired end. ... Patience never forsakes the ultimate goal because the road is hard. There can be no patience without an object." - Margaret Kennedy

"Whether in the workplace or in personal relationships, success belongs to those who are willing to take responsibility for attaining their desires-those who respond to life actively rather than passively." - Nathaniel Branden

"Infinite perfection is in every man, though unmanifested. Every man has in him the potentiality of attaining to perfect saintliness, Rishihood, or to the most exalted position of an Avatara, or to the greatness of a hero in material discoveries." - Swami Vivekananda

"Music should be healing, music should uplift the soul, music should inspire; then there is no better way of getting closer to God, of rising higher towards the spirit, of attaining spiritual perfection, only if it is rightly understood." - Hazrat Inayat Khan

"I think that Capitalism, wisely managed, can probably be made more efficient for attaining economic ends than any alternative system yet in sight, but that in itself is in many ways extremely objectionable." - John Maynard Keynes

"The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying." - Pope Leo XIII

"The value of an ambitious goal is not measured by what it will bring to you. The worth of a goal is measured by what it will make of you in the process of following and attaining it." - Ralph Marston

"When phenomena are individually analyzed as selfless, and what has been analyzed is meditated upon, that is the cause for attaining the fruit, nirvana. One does not go to peace through any other cause" - Gautama Buddha

"If the selflessness of phenomena is analyzed and if this analysis is cultivated, it causes the effect of attaining nirvana. through no other cause does one come to peace." - Gautama Buddha

"In a well-written book we are presented with the maturest reflections, or the happiest flights of a mind of uncommon excellence. It is impossible that we can be much accustomed to such companions without attaining some resemblance to them." - William Godwin

"It is in vain a daring author thinks of attaining to the heights of Parnassus if he does not feel the secret influence of heaven and if his natal star has not formed him to be a poet." - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

"To exercise no-thought and rest in nothing is the first step toward resting in Tao. To start from nowhere and follow no road is the first step toward attaining Tao." - Zhuangzi

"After a short silence the doctor raised himself a little in his chair and asked if Tarrou had an idea of the path to follow for attaining peace. "Yes, he replied. "The path of sympathy." - Albert Camus

"Weston's sensual texture or Cartier-Bresson's implacable composition are apt to close over themselves, attaining the perfection of a certain sensual and harmonious bliss. We see textures, volumes, equilibrium - and reality, open and ragged, is lost and transcended." - Edmundo Desnoes

"Liberty is inseparable from social justice, and those who dissociate them, sacrificing the first with the purpose of attaining the second more quickly, are the true barbarians of our time." - Mario Vargas Llosa

"Liberals insist they believe as strongly in the American dream as the rest of us, but routinely demonize those who succeed in attaining it. They loudly profess their allegiance to capitalism, but resent the inequitable money results it produces." - David Limbaugh

"For my part I think that capitalism, wisely managed, can probably be made more efficient for attaining economic ends than any alternative system yet in sight, but that in itself it is in many ways extremely objectionable." - John Maynard Keynes

"Piety is not an end, but a means: a means of attaining the highest culture by the purest tranquility of soul. Hence it may be observed that those who set up piety as an end and object are mostly hypocrites." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"We should resolve now that the health of this nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all it's citizens deserves the help of all the nation." - Harry S Truman

"After working for 14 years on Wall Street and growing up in a family with strong roots in small business, I know how important the entrepreneurial spirit is to attaining the American dream." - Ellen Tauscher

"Give me the comma of imperfect striving, thus to find zest in the immediate living. Ever the reaching but never the gaining, ever the climbing but never the attaining of the mountain top." - Winston Graham

"Hip-hop is more about attaining wealth. People respect success. They respect big. They don't even have to like your music. If you're big enough, people are drawn to you." - Jayz

"Achieving price stability is not only important in itself, it is also central to attaining the Federal Reserve's other mandate objectives of maximum sustainable employment and moderate long-term interest rates." - Ben Bernanke

"Hip-hop is more about attaining wealth. People respect success. They respect big. They don't even have to like your music. If you're big enough, people are drawn to you." - Jay-Z

"We live in a world of careers. Work, as Sri Krishna points out in the Bhagavad Gita, is a necessary path for everyone attaining enlightenment. It is something that we all do. Some people work very hard at not working." - Frederick Lenz

"And of all illumination which human reason can give, none is comparable to the discovery of what we are, our nature, our obligations, what happiness we are capable of, and what are the means of attaining it." - Adam Weishaupt

"This is the great object held out by this association; and the means of attaining it is illumination, enlightening the understanding by the sun of reason which will dispell the clouds of superstition and of prejudice." - Adam Weishaupt

"Kids whose puberty begins too soon face not just psychological risks, but physical ones too, with an increased likelihood of cancer, as well as skeletal changes that could prevent them from attaining their full adult height." - Jeffrey Kluger

"I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means. It is this which has led me to give my painting a character of even greater bareness." - Joan Miro

"It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own." - Herbert Hoover

"I cannot tell if what the world considers 'happiness' is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness." - Zhuangzi

"I cannot tell if what the world considers "happiness" is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness." - Zhuangzi

"In my view, all that is necessary for faith is the belief that by doing our best we shall come nearer to success and that success in our aims (the improvement of the lot of mankind, present and future) is worth attaining...I maintain that faith in this world is perfectly possible without faith in another world." - Rosalind Franklin

"Meditation means cleansing the mirror, dropping thoughts, letting thoughts disappear, attaining to moments when thinking ceases. And those are the most blissful moments in life. Once you have tasted a single moment of no-thought, you have taken a great leap into truth; then things will become more and more easy every day." - Rajneesh

"The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shown by mans attaining to a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than the woman. Whether deep thought, reason, or imagination or merely the use of the senses and hands.....We may also infer.....The average mental power in man must be above that of woman." - Charles Darwin

"And you will, by the dignity of your Conduct, afford occasion for Posterity to say, when speaking of the glorious example you have exhibited to Mankind, had this day been wanting, the World had never seen the last stage of perfection to which human nature is capable of attaining." - George Washington

"Wealth is not a hindrance, but rather a help towards attaining a proper standing in a chosen field of activity. I confess that as far as I am concerned, it has done me some service as it preserved my character from many a crookedness poverty might have exposed it to." - Henryk Sienkiewicz

"The people to become enlightened in Atlantis lit the "flame of enlightenment" on earth for the first time. The members of the various mystery schools have kept the flame alive by passing on the secret techniques for attaining enlightenment from the time of Atlantis to our present day." - Frederick Lenz

"There must be something beyond man in this world. Even on attaining to his highest possibilities, he is like a bird beating against his cage. There is something beyond, O deathless like a sea-shell, moaning for the bosom of the ocean to which you belong!" - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"What are we when there is no one doing anything, no one attaining anything, no place to go? There is no place to go. The whole foundation is already here in each one of us. It is the same in all of us. There is only one foundation, which is presence, wholeness, boundless love." - Toni Packer

"This country has attained 'Swarajya', but unfortunately the dream of 'Surajya' is left unfulfilled. Today, if there is any major challenge before this country, it is that of a 'Surajya' and since the last decade, Gujarat is working in the direction of attaining Surajya." - Narendra Modi

"The two seem, at first glance, to be opposed, but when you have advanced a little in both, you find that concentration learned in Yoga is of immense use in attaining the mental powers necessary in Magick; on the other hand, the discipline of Magick is of the greatest service in Yoga." - Aleister Crowley

"Here lies the chance for a man either to make use of or to forgo the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him. And this decides whether he is worthy of his sufferings or not." - Viktor E Frankl

"The new friends whom we make after attaining a certain age and by whom we would fain replace those whom we have lost, are to our old friends what glass eyes, false teeth and wooden legs are to real eyes, natrual teeth and legs of flesh and bone." - Nicolas Chamfort

"If a man gives way to all his desires, or panders to them, there will be no inner struggle in him, no 'friction,' no fire. But if, for the sake of attaining a definite aim, he struggles with desires that hinder him, he will then create a fire which will gradually transform his inner world into a single whole." - P.D. Ouspensky

"The point of recapitulation in the first movement of the Ninth [Symphony of Beethoven] is one of the most horrifying moments in music, as the carefully prepared cadence is frustrated, damming up energy which finally explodes in the throttling, murderous rage of a rapist incapable of attaining release." - Susan McClary

"We cannot live in the past; it is gone. Nor can we live in the future; it is forever beyond our grasp. We can live only in the present. If we are unaware of our present actions, we are condemned to repeating the mistakes of the past and can never succeed in attaining our dreams for the future." - S. N. Goenka

"Two forms of government are favorable to the prevalence of falsehood and deceit. Under a Despotism, men are false, treacherous, and deceitful through fear, like slaves dreading the lash. Under a Democracy they are so as a means of attaining popularity and office, and because of the greed for wealth." - Albert Pike

"In this world, unity is achievable only by learning to unite in spite of differences, rather than insisting on unity without differences. For their total eradication is an impossibility. The secret of attaining peace in life is tolerance of disturbance of the peace. (p. 99)" - Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

"Architecture is not about building the impossible, which we can do if we have enough money and enough tools and enough computers. It is about building what is appropriate and about attaining beauty through such an approach. I describe this premise as 'inherent buildability', and I believe it is central to what I do." - Moshe Safdie

"No matter how honest scientists think they are, they are still influenced by various unconscious assumptions that prevent them from attaining true objectivity. Expressed in a sentence, Fort 's principle goes something like this: People with a psychological need to believe in marvels are no more prejudiced and gullible than people with a psychological need not to believe in marvels." - Colin Wilson

"People for whom art is religion can say, "What I love about art is that it points to a higher reality." Well, fine, but the time comes when the smart thing for such a person to do is to let go of the fun of the art and get into the hard work of attaining and understanding that higher reality, unmixed with worldly games." - Jim Woodring

"What is appealing is the idea of attaining the unattainable and learning from it. Once you obtain a fantasy it becomes a reality, and that reality is not as exciting as your fantasy. Through the fantasies you learn to appreciate your own realities." - Ricardo Montalban

"The major lesson Tiggers need to learn is that if they don't control their impulses, their impulses will control them. No matter how much they do, Tiggers are never satisfied because they don't know the feeling of accomplishment that eventually comes when one persistently applies one's will to the attaining of non-immediately-reachable goals." - Benjamin Hoff

"I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day to day affairs that they had no time for friend making." - B C Forbes

"Piety is not an end, but a means of attaining the highest degree of culture by perfect peace of mind. Hence it is to be observed that those who make piety an end and aim in itself for the most part become hypocrites." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"There must be something beyond man in this world. Even on attaining to his highest possibilities, he is like a bird beating against his cage. There is something beyond, O deathless like a sea-shell, moaning for the bosom of the ocean to which you belong!" - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

"There are two ways of attaining an important end - force and perseverance. Force falls to the lot only of the privileged few, but austere and sustained perseverance can be practiced by the most insignificant. Its silent power grows irresistible with time." - Madame Swetchine

"Nobody can decide for himself whether he is going to be a human being. The only question open to him is whether he will be an ignorant undeveloped one or one who has sought to reach the highest point he is capable of attaining." - Robert M Hutchins

"The Protestant wing of the western church, which is a tiny percentage of the Body of Christ, is nearly completely (98%) unaware that the Holy Spirit is restoring contemplative prayer-center stage-to the church The Holy Spirit is restoring this precious jewel (contemplative prayer) to the body of Christ. This is the God ordained means of attaining the fullness of God." - Mike Bickle

"If your men grow weary of the work or balk at obedience, you must bear with them. Get what you can gently from them. True, it is good to be firm in attaining your goal, but use appropriate, attractive, and agreeable means." - Vincent de Paul



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