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George Matthew Adams quotes

We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.

A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation... is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.

No one owns you. One hundred per cent of the stock in your personal corporation belongs to you.

What you think means more than anything else in your life. More than what you earn, more than where you live, more than your social position, and more than what anyone else may think about you.

Sailing a boat calls for quick action, a blending of feeling with the wind and water as well as with the very heart and soul of the boat itself. Sailing teaches alertness and courage, and gives in return a joyousness and peace that but few sports afford.

There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others.

People do not want what we have in our pockets half as much as they want what is in our hearts. If we combine both, intelligently, however, according to our means, we give wisely and well.

Beauty of expression is so akin to the voice of the sea.

It's marvelous the change that comes about when a man gets together all his forces and centers them upon the doing of one thing at a time.

The further you get from nature, the less happy you are; and the nearer, the more exultant you become over the world and all that there is in it.

No one ever gets too big to make mistakes. The secret is that the big man is greater than his mistakes, because he rises right out of them and passes beyond them.

The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years.

There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.

No matter what your work today, if it is worth while at all - time to plan it out, time to do it well, and time to finish it, is your day's greatest gift and your greatest job.

Few people wear out before their time. Mostly they rust out, worry out, run out - spill out. A machine must have care and its different parts must be adjusted properly. No machine has ever approached the human machine. When it is right, it is in health.

I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves to warm and cheer.

It is a great thing to have a big brain, a fertile imagination, grand ideals, but the man with these, bereft of a good backbone, is sure to serve no useful end.

What is more beautiful than a sea of water with a number of white-winged boats skirting its surface? Poetry and beauty contesting with the wind and the waves!

Courage is heartworth making itself felt in deeds. It never waits for chances; it makes chances.

It is easier to win than to fail. Everybody sides with the winner. But the failure walks alone.