"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
William Faulkner
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I try to live by this statement. The products I manufactured were the best in the world. I never ceased trying to improve.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I always try, except when I don't.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    I am more into the kinds of sports where it is me vs. the mountain.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Thinking outside the box of accepted orthodoxy, To perceive a house unseen, grown dusty and left unclean. Mark the corners and sweep the steps of Statelier times than these.
    " All are architects of Fate,
    Working in these walls of Time;
    Some with massive deeds and great,
    Some with ornaments of rhyme.
    Nothing useless is, or low;
    Each thing in its place is best;
    and what seems as idle show
    Strengthens ans supports the rest.
    For the structure that we raise,
    Time is with materials filled;
    Our todays and yesterdays
    Are the blocks with which we build.
    Truly shape and fashion these;
    Leave no yawning gaps between;
    Think not, because no man sees,
    Such things will remain unseen.
    In the elder days of Art,
    Builders wrought with greatest care
    Each minute and unseen part;
    for the gods see everywhere.
    Let us do our work as well,
    Both the unseen and the seen;
    Make the house were gods may dwell
    Beautiful, entire, and clean.
    Else our lives are incomplete,
    Standing in these walls of Time,
    Broken stairways , where the feet
    Stumble, as they seek to climb."
    ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Builders"
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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