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Effort is the Law of Life

Remember that the law of life is effort, that talk is valueless unless it leads to action, that the truth of opinions is to be tested by their practical efficiency. Prudence, patience, labor, valor—these are the stars that rule the career of mortals. It is the storm not the calm which tests the sea-worthiness of the vessel.

Men are not born equal; …but each is given a sphere wherein to work. The vessel that holds not water may still hold grain. It matters not so much what a man cannot do as what he can…
It is not unusual to hear people lamenting that they cannot accomplish what they desire, that they cannot compete with others in this or that undertaking, that they can never become eminent or great in any direction; they regard this as a calamity, and sometimes use it as an excuse for not exerting the powers they do possess to the utmost.

No one can be sure of the exact limits of his own ability. He can limit it himself by not putting it forth, but he cannot tell how far it would extend by steady and persevering exercise. Many of those who have distinguished themselves have been men of moderate capacity, who have developed it by assiduous effort.

But there must be no wasted effort. Don’t turn perseverance into a fault by doggedly going on in the old path. Use new scientific methods, utilize the experience of others. Depend upon it, however brilliant you may be, the tortoise of investigation, method and preparation will always catch up and overtake the hare which leaves to the inspiration of the moment.

—From Factors of Success

For out of Thought‘s interior sphere,
These wonders rose lo upper air.
—Emerson
The opportunity of doing a work and the ability to do it constitute a call.
—Anon
There is no office in this needy world
But dignifies the doer, if done well.
—Alfred Austin
Freedom is never to be reached by the weak; throw away all weakness; tell your body; that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.
—Swami Vivekananda
No great excellence in any department of life is achieved without effort, without training. Ability to run a mile in five minutes will demand of a good athlete many months of practice; ability to hit the bull's eye four times in five at a thousand yards will not be securely attained till after years of shooting. And is it to be thought that in spirituals attainment will come by accident?
—R. L. Bremner

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