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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Jewelry and pins have been worn throughout history as symbols of power, sending messages. Interestingly enough, it was mostly men who wore the jewelry in various times, and obviously crowns were part of signals that were being sent throughout history by people of rank.
Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
Among my activities was membership in the Boy Scouts; I rose each year through the ranks, eventually achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and undertaking leadership roles in the organization.
Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.
Success isn't measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.
The truth is, I can't help the way people perceive anything, from the role of financial industry in the economic crisis, to the place of women's fiction in the canon of modern literature, to the rank of mint chocolate chip ice cream as a favorite Baskin-Robbins flavor.
For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank.
The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.
W. H. Auden
It is unacceptable that disabled veterans in Illinois rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to disability pay. We owe our disabled veterans more than speeches, parades and monuments.
I rank myself no higher in the scheme of things than a policeman - whose utility would disappear if there were no criminals.
Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed.
Money is a scoreboard where you can rank how you're doing against other people.
Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.
Jean de la Bruyere
Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts - as the one which, more than any other, ministers to the human spirit.
You can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider.
If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Let no rank puff up anyone; for faith and love are paramount - the greatest blessings in the world.
Ignatius of Antioch
Of all the inventions of humans, the computer is going to rank near or at the top as history unfolds and we look back. It is the most awesome tool that we have ever invented. I feel incredibly lucky to be at exactly the right place in Silicon Valley, at exactly the right time, historically, where this invention has taken form.
Under the Geneva Convention, for example, a POW is required only to provide name, rank, and serial number and cannot receive any benefits for cooperating.
To work with the hands or brain, according to our requirements and our capacities, to do that which lies before us to do, is more honorable than rank and title.
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
Henry David Thoreau
When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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