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One ship drives east and another drives west With the self-same winds that blow. ‘Tis the set of the sails And not the gales Which tells us the way to go. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Winds of Fate
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Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. - Omar Bradley
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I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking. – John Masefield, Sea Fever
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If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. – Tacitus
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Cultivate an asset which the passing of time itself improves. – Seneca, Letters XV
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Consider anything that is humanly possible and appropriate to lie within your own reach too. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, VI.19
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But no new findings will ever be made if we rest content with the findings of the past. – Seneca Letters XXXVII
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Everyone complains of his memory, none of his judgement. – La Rochefoucauld, Maxims 
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I have never thought, for my part, that man's freedom consists in his being able to do whatever he wills, but that he should not, by any human power, be forced to do what is against his will. – Rousseau Reveries of the Solitary Walker

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