Our Best
Like the star that shines afar,
Without haste and without rest,
Let us each wheel with steady sway
Round the task that rules the day...
And do our best.
-- Goethe
Be grateful every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be
done, whether you like it or not.  It will give you a chance to do your best; it will allow you
to develop a hundred virtues which you otherwise may never have had.  
-- Charles Kingsley
Endeavor of any kind overcomes the mind's inertia, develops the thinking
powers, opens up a new world and drives the soul to action.  
-- Anthony Evans
The best books haven't been written, the best race hasn't been run,
The best score hasn't been made yet, the best song hasn't been sung.
The world is waiting and eager for things that you ought to create.
Its store of true worth is still meager, its needs are incessant and great;
Don't pay attention to doubters, your chances have only begun.
The best jobs haven't been started, the best work hasn't been done.
-- Berton Braley
The everyday cares and duties, which men call drudgery, are the weights and
counterpoises of the clock of time, giving its pendulum a true vibration, and its
hands a regular motion; and when they cease to weigh upon the wheels, the
pendulum no longer swings and the clock stands still.  
-- Longfellow
Life, like war, is a series of mistakes, and it isn't the best general
who makes the fewest mistakes.  The best general is one who wins
the most victories by the retrieval of mistakes.  
-- Robertson
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who
has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has
filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he
found it; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it;
who has looked for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life was an
inspiration; whose memory is a benediction.  
-- Mrs. A. J. Stanley
I have come to see life, not as a chase of forever impossible personal happiness,
but as a field for endeavor toward the happiness of the whole human family.  
There is no better success.  I know indeed of nothing more subtly satisfying than a
knowledge of the good will and appreciation of others.  Such happiness does not
come with money, it cannot be bought.  But it is the highest joy and the toiler's
truest and best reward.
-- William Dean Howells
Banish the future; live only for the hour and its allotted work.  Think not of
the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, but set
earnestly at the little task at your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the
day; for surely our plain duty is not to see what lies dimly at a distance,
but to do what lies clearly at hand.  
-- Osler
Today is your day and mine, the only day we have, the day in which we play
our part.  What our part may signify in the great whole we may not
understand; but we are here to play it, and now is our time.  This we know:  it
is a part of love, not cynicism.  It is for us to express love in terms of human
helpfulness.  
-- David Jordan
Joy is not in things; it is in us.  -- Wagner
Don't gaze ahead at that mountain or river in the distance and say, "How
shall I ever get over them?"  Instead, keep to the present little inch that
is before you and accomplish that in the moment that belongs to it.  The
mountain and the river can only be passed in the same way; and when
you come to them, you will come to the light and strength that belong to
them.  
-- M. A. Kelty
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