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Set 4

A rich man, fond of felines, asked a famous Zen ink painter to draw him a cat. The master agreed and asked the man to come back in three months. When the man returned, he was put off, again and again, until a year had passed. Finally, at the man's request, the master drew out a brush, and, with grace and ease, in a single fluid motion, drew a picture of a cat - the most marvelous image the man had ever seen. He was astonished; then he grew angry. "That drawing took you only thirty seconds! Why did you make me wait a year?" he demanded. Without a word, the master opened up a cabinet, and out fell thousands of drawings - of cats. -Zen story

If the spirit of humility, an intrinsic element of Bushido, is removed from the teaching of classical martial studies the lack of this important virtue makes of such studies mere systems of violence. -Risuke Otake

A Winner’s Creed -Anonymous
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
it’s almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost;
For out in the world we find success begins with a person’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster hand.
But sooner or later, the person who wins is the one who thinks
"I Can".
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow. -Chinese Proverb

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles that one has overcome while trying to succeed. -Booker Washington

Promises are like babies—easy to make, but tough to deliver. -Unknown Author

No matter what goes wrong, there's always someone who knew it would. -Unknown Author

If something happens to you, it has previously happened to all your friends. -Unknown Author

You're never a loser until you quit trying. -Mike Ditka

Advice is what you ask for when you already know the answer but you didn't. - Erica Jong

The best discipline, maybe the only discipline that really works, is self-discipline. -Walter Kiechel

Pride is tasteless, colorless, and size less. Yet it is the hardest thing to swallow. -August Black

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey. -Unknown Author

You know you're old when you have lost all your marvels. -Merry Browne

Kindness consists of loving people more than they deserve. - Joseph Joubert

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom. - Merry Browne

A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green. -Francis Bacon

Everything looks impossible for the people who never try anything. -Jean-Louis Etienne

The older black belts get, the greater they were. -TKDTutor

Swing hard in case they throw the ball where you are swinging. -Duke Snider

Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? -Frank Scully

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. -Colin Powell

There are a lot of black belts that who mistake their imagination for their memory. -Unknown Author

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. -Publilius Syrus

Few wishes come true by themselves. -June Smith

One thing about experience is that when you don't have very much you're apt to get a lot. -Franklin Jones

The more sympathy you give, the less you need. -Malcolm Forbes

Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger. -Chinese proverb

The same fence that shuts others out shuts you in. -Bill Copeland

It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Opportunity's favorite disguise is trouble. -Frank Tyger

The surest way to lose a friend is to tell him something for his own good. -Sid Archer

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before and wiser than the one that comes after. -George Orwell

You can't act like a skunk without someone getting wind of it. -Lorene Workman

The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudices. -Clint Eastwood

No man was ever wise by chance. -Seneca

When you betray someone else, you often betray yourself. -Isaac Singer

An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. -O. A. Battista

We find comfort among those who agree with us, growth among those who don't. -Frank Clark

Only when a tree has fallen can you take the measure if it. It is the same with a man. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice. -Marquis de la Grange

Habit if not resisted, soon becomes a necessity. -St. Augustine

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectation. -Patricia Neal

Patience! The windmill never strays in search of the wind. -Andy Sklivas

After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies. -Cynthia Ozick

It is never too late to give up our prejudices. -Henry Thoreau

To profit from good advice require more wisdom than to give it. -John Collins

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