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You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.
A good goal is like a strenuous exercise � it makes you stretch.

On People Management (1984)
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them.
By becoming interested in the cause, we are less likely to dislike the effect.

How to Win Friends and Influence People
The true way is along a rope that is not spanned high in the air, but only just above the ground. It seems intended more to cause stumbling than to be walked along.

The Zurau Aphorisms (1)
People like best what is hard for them to obtain.

My goal is this: always to put myself in the place in which I am best able to serve, wherever my gifts and qualities find the best soil to grow, the widest field of action. There is no other goal.

Narcissus and Goldmund
When someone is trying very hard to get something, they don't. And when they're running away from something as hard as they can, it usually catches up with them.

Kafka on the Shore
Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself
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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."