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The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.

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Dante Alighieri (c. 1265–1321) was an Italian poet, writer, and philosopher. In the Divine Comedy, considered the most important poem of the Middle Ages, Dante created a syncretic blend of Christian traditions with the model of pagan epic heroes who journeyed into the underworld to begin a cycle of symbolic death and spiritual rebirth.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageExcessive use of external motivation can slow and even stop your journey to mastery.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageLearning any new skill involves relatively brief spurts of progress, each of which is followed by a slight decline to a plateau somewhat higher in most cases than that which preceded it . . . the upward spurts vary; the plateaus have their own dips and rises along the way. . . .

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWhat we call ‘mastery’ can be defined as that mysterious process through which what is at first difficult or even impossible becomes easy and pleasurable through diligent, patient, long-term practice.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIndecision leads to inaction, which leads to low energy, depression, despair.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageUltimately, nothing in this life is ‘commonplace,’ nothing is ‘in between.’ The threads that join your every act, your every thought, are infinite. All paths of mastery eventually merge. [Each person has a] vantage point that offers a truth of its own.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageResolve to do the things you find to be difficult. That’s what confident people do. They tackle those things that are scary and they get addicted to doing it.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageMany of us pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that we hurry past it.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThe future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageLife can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

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Relationship with Time