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The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.
Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An
important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative
thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will
change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you
to stay where they are. Friends that don't help you climb will want you to
crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that
don't increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:
Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems
with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who
never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. Not everyone has
a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the
bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don't follow anyone
who's not going anywhere.

With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. Be careful
where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Wise is the
person who fortifies his life with the right friendships. If you run with
wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you
will learn how to soar to great heights.
"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the
kind of friends he chooses."

The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you
closely associate - for the good and the bad.

Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends.
Yes...do love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will
always be your family no matter what. Just know that they are human first
and though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else and
will fit somewhere in the criteria above.

"In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends."

"Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them."
"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things,you develop the habit in little matters.
Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.."..


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Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.
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The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an o...
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Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vi...
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It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
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I was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx, went to public school, got out of public college, w...
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Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.
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you can't find actual germs on them.
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If you get the dirty end of the stick, sharpen it and turn it into a useful tool
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No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
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It's always sad when you see a fellow citizen who is alleged to have committed these crimes out in f...
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We also made it clear that if they begin reprocessing (nuclear material), it changes the entire poli...
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Everybody knows what [Iraqi President] Saddam Hussein should be doing, and if he isn't doing it and ...
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I think the Iranians are clearly determined to have a nuclear program. And we have to assume that wi...
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Though I continued to say it was an urgent problem, I don't think it was ever treated that way,
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How many other slips are there out there? It's not a slip, ... They knew they were there. Somebody k...
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The trucks and train cars are easily moved and are designed to evade detection by inspectors, ... In...
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The United States presents a value system to the world that is based on democracy, based on economic...
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(Hussein) means us no good. He means the region no good, ... We always consider him to be a potentia...
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there are no arms deal with Iran so far.
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[While] we are all anxious to see restraint ... We understand it's important to get the terror down ...
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but the one thing I can assure you of is that it will be held in trust for the Iraqi people, to bene...
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I will always treasure the four years that I have spent with President Bush and with the wonderful m...
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I think the president has made his position clear: He wants the incursion stopped. He has noted some...
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We don't want to see weapons in the Korean Peninsula.
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The intent of the Iraqi regime to keep from turning over all of its weapons of mass destruction, see...
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if your life is not better.
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We don't intend to attack North Korea, we don't have any hostile intent notwithstanding their claims...
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We talked about sanctions, and we talked about how one gets through the process of eventually liftin...
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I think we have do everything we can to show that we are functioning, that we can get through this p...
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When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll l...
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When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll l...
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Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it: Sp...
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Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can ...
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The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
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Last month President Bush announced a pledge of $200 million to jump-start the global fund -- a bold...
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This is very regrettable
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because of the human dimensions of this catastrophe.
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Now, if the sources fell apart, then we need to find out how we've gotten ourselves in that position...
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I don't want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches.
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The freedom to do your best means nothing unless you are willing to do your best.
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War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our ...
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It's a disgrace that we have millions of people who are uninsured.
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You don't know what you can get away with until you try.
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Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, t...
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I always like to take my time and examine the two candidates, see not only the two candidates but th...
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A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
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Organization doesn't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories o...
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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failu...
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The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They hav...
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It's nice to say let's be bipartisan. But we're a partisan nation. We were raised as a p...
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My own experience is use the tools that are out there. Use the digital world. But never lose sight o...
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Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
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We need to understand that we as citizens and as a government in any community throughout this count...
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Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it...
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Don't bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.
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Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard...
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In my conversations this afternoon with Arafat we discussed this in considerable detail, ... And he ...
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Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach be...
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It isn't enough just to scream at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. We need our political s...
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The purposes of the United States should not be doubted. The Security Council resolutions will be en...
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Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it: Sp...
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You can't just have slogans, you can't just have catchy phrases. You have to have an agenda....
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I don't think it's racism, I think it's economic. But poverty disproportionately affects African-Ame...
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They will not succeed, for we stand united in the global war against terrorism -- war that compels t...
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President Reagan fueled the spirit of America. His smile, his optimism, his total belief in the ulti...
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