If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask!
W. Clement Stone
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This gives force to the strong — that the multitude have no habit of self-reliance or original action.
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.
Reading maketh a full man; and writing an axact man. And, therefore, if a man write little, he need have a present wit; and if he read little, he need have much cunning to seem to know which he does not.
Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.