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The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

Before a diamond shows its brilliancy and prismatic colors it has to stand a good deal of cutting and smoothing. - Unknown, Source

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The biggest room in the world, is the room for improvement. - Unknown, Source

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All of us, who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth. - Shelley, Percy Bysshe

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) English poet.

But you think that it is time for me to have done with the world, and so I would if I could get into a better before I was called into the best, and not die here in a rage, like a poisoned rat in a hole.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.


To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.

James Allen (1864-1912) British-born American essayist.

He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature… is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.

Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss writer.

The never-ending task of self improvement.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British author.