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The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
I am not fearless. I get scared plenty. But I have also learned how to channel that emotion to sharpen me.
About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen a pencil with a blunt axe. It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead.
Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business - everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs.
God has been faithful time and again to surround me with people that sharpen me and that make me better.
Yes, education is the catalyst that will hone and sharpen our talents, skills, and abilities and cause them to blossom.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
The 21st century - and the atheists - needs the presence of religion, just as religion must deal with the real challenges and the thinkers of the day in order to sharpen the conscience and the intelligence of those who study the timeless sacred texts in a spirit of responding to the questions of their time.
Let the master praise him, and say, 'Here ye do well.' For, I assure you, there is no such whetstone to sharpen a good wit, and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.
Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
A. E. Housman
I collect old rusty hand tools and sharpen and polish them, then use them to build things out of walnut and cherry that I harvest from fallen trees in the woods.
Nerves can be useful, as they sharpen you up, make you determined to try your hardest and do your best.
I think I am becoming obsessive-compulsive. David Beckham apparently turns all the Diet Coke cans in his fridge to face the same way every morning, and I nerdily sharpen all the pencils in my pot before sitting down to work.
The thing a drama school can't give you is instinct. It can sharpen instinct but that can't be taught, and you have to have intuition. It's an essential ingredient.
The theater, for me, has always been a place where I'm free to be more creative, a place to sharpen my tools.
There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.
Sadly, I can't avoid being 75. Like many people of my age, we are all heading towards the grim reaper, and I am clinging on. I just to have to sharpen my fingernails a little so that I can hang on for longer!
You can work hard to sharpen your talent, to get better at whatever it is that you do, and I think that's what it comes back to.
Sharpen the spiritual life. Learn to think in the transcendent sphere, where you are operating in the spiritual plane, and God can communicate to you through ideas, where you will begin to hear God speak through feelings, and the feelings will be a message coming to you. They will be positive messages like 'Do something' or 'Be something.'
Robert H. Schuller
Brands are useful ways of short-handing practically anything - look at the way Tom Wolfe first used brand name lists to sharpen up a character and a situation. Look at the most brand-referenced novel, Bret Easton Ellis's 'Glamorama.'
Within each individual young person you meet, you have the same fields to plow. The trick is just to wake thmem up, to sharpen their ears for what's already there in the music.
Apart from boosting our long-term economic strength like other Asian economic powers, Philippine companies expanding overseas and going beyond our comfort zones, or going to some uncharted territories, will help sharpen our management skills.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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