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Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be.

German proverb

In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Preeminent leader of Indian nationalism.

It is a wise person that adapts themselves to all contingencies; it's the fool who always struggles like a swimmer against the current.

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They are as much for Mars, as for Mercury; as well qualified for war, as for business.

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They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.