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    There are many who find the burdens, the anxiety, and the isolation of an individual existence unbearable. This is particularly true when the opportunities for self-advancement are relatively meager, and one's individual interests and prospects do not seem worth living for. Such persons sooner or later turn their backs on an individual existence and strive to acquire a sense of worth and a purpose by an identification with a holy cause, a leader, or a movement. The faith and pride they derive from such an identification serve them as substitutes for the unattainable self-confidence and self-respect.

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If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so read more

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Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing read more

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Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.

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Again men have been kept back as by a kind of enchantment from progress in science by reverence for antiquity, read more

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Every extreme attitude is a flight from the self.

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This is the constitutional limitation of man's knowledge and interests, the fact that he cannot know more than a tiny read more

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In matters of intellect, follow your reason as far as it will take you, without regard for any other consideration.

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The wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go read more

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