Confession is the next best thing to innocence

The intention makes the lie, not the words. A lie would have no sense unless the truth was felt dangerous. Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it is outraged by silence. The cruelest lies are often told in silence. The simple act of any ordinary courageous man is not to take part, not to support lies! Speak the truth and shame the devil.

The great enemy of truth is often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth -persistent, persuasive, and realistic. Too often we hold fast to the clich├ęs of our forebears. The history of the race, and each individual’s experiences, are thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and a lie told well is immortal.

An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie. There are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies, and statistics. When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest. In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king. Lies – there you have the religion of slaves and taskmasters. Truth is the god of the free man. The world wants to be betrayed.

What hope is there when people, even in front of the evidence, turn their head?
Lying is an elementary means of self-defense. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind … a man’s true autobiography is almost an impossibility…man is bound to lie about himself. No one can tell the whole truth about himself. It is not only vanity that has prevented those who have tried to reveal themselves to the world from telling the whole truth, it is the direction of interest; their disappointment with themselves, their surprise that they can do things that seem to them abnormal, make them place too great an emphasis on occurrences that are more common than they suppose. The easiest person to deceive is one’s self. If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people. You can deceive those better than you but not your peers.

10 Secrets of SUCCESS

1) How you think is everything:Remember to think “POSITIVE” at every opportunity. Visualize success, not failure. Avoid negative environments and people. You are what you think. In fact, study shows that positive thinking actually increases longevity.

2) Decide on your dreams and goals: Be specific about your goals. For example, say “I am taking music class next month,” rather than “I would like to take a music class sometime.” Create a plan to reach your goals, and stick to it.

3) Take action: Goals alone have no meaning. You need to take action to make them real. Don’t let fear hold you back. “Just Do it.”

4) Never stop learning: Take classes, go back to school, read books, join a discussion group. If you are interested in a asubject, make time to learn about it. Keep acquiring new skills.

5) Be persistent and work hard: You’ve probably heard the expression, “success is a marathon, not a sprint.” Keep your eye on the goal, and keep working towards it. Don’t give up.

6) Learn to analyse details: Get all the facts, and ask for input. This will help you make wiser decisions. Acknowledge your mistakes, but don’t beat yourself up. Learn from your mistakes.

7) Focus your time and money: When you believe in something, put your attention and energy there. Don’t let others distract you.

8) Don’t be afraid do innovate; be different: Be true to yourself, and have your own ideas. Following the crowd is a path to mediocrity.

9) Communicate with people effectively: Remember that no person is an island. Communicate your thoughts and desires honestly, and encourage other to communicate honestly with you. Practice understanding and motivating other people.

10) Be honest and dependable; take responsibility for what you do: Never cheat or lie. When you make a promise, keep it. When you screw up, admit it. Without honesty dependability and responsibility, the other nine secrets of success don’t add up to much.