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Quotes of the Day for 13 January 2003 – Ambition

Horatio Alger Jr was born at Revere, Massachusetts on this day in 1832. His early education was limited by stuttering, he wouldn't answer questions even when he knew the answer, but he went on to success at Harvard, leaving with a Phi Beta Kappa key. He tried to write, failing to support himself he returned to Harvard Divinity School and became a pastor like his father. Alas, he counseled some of his younger parishioners too intimately, and left the community after facing charges of "the abominable and revolting crime of gross familiarity with boys." He moved to New York where he discovered appalling conditions for youth on the streets, and with a conscious intent of redeeming himself, he started writing inspirational stories of good character, hard work, and perseverance to inspire the orphans like those he met in Five Points. At a time when books that sold ten thousand copies were big news, books like "Ragged Dick" may seem hopelessly corny to the modern reader but have sold over 250 million copies.Van's signature


The quotes:

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
     - C. Archie Danielson

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
     - Herbert Kaufman

Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds.
     - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749 - 1832

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now.
     - Mildred McAfee

Never let inexperience get in the way of ambition.
     - Terry Josephson


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