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Few men are lacking in capacity; they fail because they are lacking in application.
   —  Calvin Coolidge
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On This Day In:
2015 Chip, Chip, Chip
2014 nom de plume
2013 The Real Reason
From The Book
2012 When Young
2011 14 Ways To A Better Judgement

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There are many legitimate reasons for failure, but negligence is not one of them.
   —  Nikolai Gogol
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On This Day In:
2015 Je Suis Charlie
2014 To The Nines
2013 Higher And Truer
2012 Life’s Last Question
2011 A Single Heartbeat
A Little Male Humor – WHY MEN SHOULDN’T RETIRE

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The man who lives for himself is a failure.  Even if he gains much wealth, position or fortune, he is still a failure.
   —  Norman Vincent Peale
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On This Day In:
2014 We Speak For Earth
2013 Inward Urgency
2012 Delayed Reviews
Fulfilling My Duty
2011 Interference

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I am glad if I have been a comfort to you and mama and only wish that I had also been a comfort to my self; but I haven’t.  I have lived 19 years yet it seems to me that I have wasted them.  I amount to very little more than when I was a baby.  Even in games I have never been a great success.  I am fare in every thing but good in nothing.  It seems to me that for a person to amount to some thing they should be good at least in one thing.  Other boys appear to make successes but though [I] want to I don’t succeed.  Perhaps it is just that I lack that small fraction of courage, will power, or what ever it is which makes them succeed.  Or perhaps I don’t fail any worse than any one else only my jealousy makes me think I do.  Still when I look at even my class mates I don’t feel that sense of superiority which it seems to me should be felt by a (not great) but by a successful man.  I some times fear that I am one of these darned dreamers with a willing spirit but a weak flesh a man who is always going to succeed but who never does.  Should I be such a one it would have been far more merciful had I died ten years ago for I at least can imaging no more infernal hell than to be forced to live — a failure.
   —  Cadet George S. Patton, Jr.
From a letter to his father, dated 12 November 1904
Originally found in the book: “The Patton Papers
Compiled and Edited by: Martin Blumenson
[How critical youth can be of itself…  It should be noted that General George S. Patton, Jr. ended up being one of the most accomplished American combat generals of World War II.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 In A Big World
2013 Vacancy For God
2012 Sweat Equity
Try It… You’ll Like It
2011 Still Incomplete
2010 Happy New Year – 2010

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The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind.  Failure makes people cruel and bitter.
   —   W.  Somerset Maugham
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On This Day In:
2013 On Reading Books
2012 On America
2011 Shiver, Me Timbers!
2010 Fiduciary Breakdown

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Many people fail because they conclude that fundamentals simply do not apply in their case.
  —   M. L. Cichon
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On This Day In:
2013 Proof – ing
2012 Deluge, n.
2011 Hail, Caesar!
Why Were You Sent?

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