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You're going to pass something down no matter what you do or if you do nothing. Even if you let yourself go fallow, the weeds will grow and the brambles. Something will grow.

East of Eden
It is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act.
Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you'd like to act.
Your own actions are a better mirror of your life than the actions of all your enemies put together.

Wizard of the Crow
When the task we give ourselves has the urgency of passion, there's nothing that can keep us from completing it.

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it.
If you're proactive, you don't have to wait for circumstances or other people to create perspective expanding experiences. You can consciously create your own.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)
One's objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over... your problem won't improve with age.

Interview with Warren Buffett, Harvard Business Review, Norman Augustine (1995)
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."