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    Philosophers wonder when they do not know, artists when they do.

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    Pope had perhaps the judgment of Dryden; but Dryden certainly wanted the diligence of Pope. In acquired knowledge, the superiority must be allowed to Dryden, whose education was more scholastic, and who before he became an author had been allowed more time for study, with better means of information. His mind has a larger range, and he collects his images and illustrations from a more extensive circumference of science. Dryden knew more of man in his general nature, and Pope in his local manners. . . . There is more dignity in the knowledge of Dryden, and more certainty in that of Pope. . . . The style of Dryden is capricious and varied; that of Pope is cautious and uniform. Dryden observes the motions of his own mind; Pope constrains his mind to his own rules of composition. Dryden is sometimes vehement and rapid; Pope is always smooth, uniform, and gentle. Dryden's page is a natural field, rising into inequalities, and diversified by the varied exuberance of abundant vegetation; Pope's is a velvet lawn, shaven by the scythe, and levelled by the roller. Of genius, that power which constitutes a poet; that quality without which judgment is cold, and knowledge is inert; that energy which collects, combines, amplifies, and animates; the superiority must, with some hesitation, be allowed to Dryden. . . . Dryden's performances were always hasty, either excited by some external occasion, or extorted by domestic necessity; he composed without consideration, and published without correction. What his mind could supply at call, or gather in one excursion, was all that he sought, and all that he gave. The dilatory caution of Pope enabled him to condense his sentiments, to multiply his images, and to accumulate all that study might produce or chance might supply. If the flights of Dryden therefore are higher, Pope continues longer on the wing. If of Dryden's fire the blaze is brighter, of Pope's the heat is more regular and constant. Dryden often surpasses expectation, and Pope never falls below it. Dryden is read with frequent astonishment, and Pope with perpetual delight. This parallel will, I hope, when it is well considered, be found just; and if the reader should suspect me, as I suspect myself, of some partial fondness for the memory of Dryden, let him not too hastily condemn me; for meditation and inquiry may, perhaps, show him the reasonableness of my determination.

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    Satisfaction is an excuse that arises out of comparison with success! Infact, it is the stepping stone of retirement.

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    Run you own race of life with patient.

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    Sometimes an act of common sense is indistinguishable from an act of genius.

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    Run your own race. Fear creeps in when we compare ourselves too much with others.

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    Social networks are so full of wasted time - they could be compared to a waste disposal system. Flush, before you go and waste no time to go.

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    Take your life to another level by ignoring the Joneses altogether.⁣

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    The comparison of others leads to disappointment. The comparison of self leads to improvement.

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    The only person you should idolize is the person you have the potential to be.

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    There's no shame compared to being beautiful with nothing in your brain, an ugly devil with wits is much better that the former.

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    The story she then told was as all attempts at sympathy are: an effort to match in form and size and detail what another has known: to hold one experience next to another the way lovers and children match fingers and hands, as if these two, side by side, are linked by their likeness, are both identical and unique.

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    The whole point of education is that it should give a man abstract and eternal standards, by which he can judge material and fugitive conditions. If the citizen is to be a reformer, he must start with some ideal which he does not obtain merely by gazing reverently at the unreformed institutions. And if any one asks, as so many are asking: 'What is the use of my son learning all about ancient Athens and remote China and medieval guilds and monasteries, and all sorts of dead or distant things, when he is going to be a superior scientific plumber in Pimlico?' the answer is obvious enough. 'The use of it is that he may have some power of comparison, which will not only prevent him from supposing that Pimlico covers the whole planet, but also enable him, while doing full credit to the beauties and virtues of Pimlico, to point out that, here and there, as revealed by alternative experiments, even Pimlico may conceal somewhere a defect.

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    This is the standard to determine the excellence, not the comparison to existing options. Knowing the standard, imagine two situations. Starting with 123 dishes to pick for dinner. Having no standard will lead you to compare option with option. But if it happens you have the standard, irrelevant alternatives go out of the game almost immediately. Options get compared to the standard, not other options. If options are not good enough to satisfy the standard, they get out.

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    Today. the celebration is for the "victorious", not the meritorious. The depiction to the youth, is that one can be victorious without merit, and that merit is less notable than victory. The result, is the masses are selectively and passively affirming that winning trumps hard work, that theft trumps the pride of ownership, and that personal success trumps collective progress.

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    We often gain awareness through a baseline comparison between now and next.

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    We ought to compliment and not to compete with one another.

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    Whatever your storybook carries within its pages, own it with love, courage and compassion. Remember that you can change your story at any time- nothing is fixed and we all have free will. We should not seek to love someone else’s journey more than we love our own; the swords of comparison are sharp and cutting to our soul and innermost values. We are all designed unique with our own original paths to walk through; we lose momentum and our natural impulses for creativity and progression when we focus our energy on other people.

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    When you compare someone's highlight reel to your blooper outtakes and it makes you feel worse, you’re on the wrong path.⁣ Stop comparing. No one compares to you.

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    That boy never seemed to smile and he wore long sleeves year-round, and I was not so different from him—we were both unable to get near the real life in life.

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    The opinions of others are their perceptions. Define your life!

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    The position of a hero is not for the comparision, it is a reference point

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    The problem with social media is that it's great for your ego, but terrible for your sanity.

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    There is no need for comparison. Be happy with yourself and find satisfaction in your work.

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    The shovel is bigger than the spoon, but it can never ever do the work the spoon does. They both look similar; they both have different sizes but one more thing not to forget is that "they are important in their own roles"! Each is unique! You are unique too. Take the lead!

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    The sun is the seed of the sky.

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    The tuning of a good singer can be compared to the timing of a classic ballet presentation.

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    The wrath of God is never an evil wrath. God gets angry because he loves people like a mother would love her child if someone were to harm it. There is something wrong if the mother never gets angry; it is safe to say that that is the unloving mother.

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    To inquire and to learn is the function of the mind, By learning I do not mean the mere cultivation of memory or the accumulation of knowledge, but the capacity to think clearly and sanely without illusion, to start from facts and not from beliefs and ideals. There is no learning if thought originates from conclusions. Merely to acquire information of knowledge is to not to learn. Learning implies the love of understanding and the love of doing a thing for itself. Learning is possible only when there is no coercion through influence, thought attachment or threat, through persuasive encouragement or subtle forms of reward. Most people think that learning is encouraged through comparison, whereas the contrary is the fact. Comparison brings about frustration and merely encourages envy, which is called competition. Like other forms of persuasion, comparison prevents learning and breeds fear.

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    Uniqueness lies in not comparing oneself to others.

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    Washingtonians love the "So-and-so is spinning in his grave" cliché. Someone is always speculating about how some great dead American would be scandalized over some crime against How It Used to Be. The Founding Fathers are always spinning in their graves over something, as is Ronald Reagan, or FDR. Edward R. Murrow is a perennial grave spinner in the news business (though in fact, Murrow was cremated).

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    What do you think of her?" he asked. Annandale replied without hesitation. "I would marry her myself, were I five years younger." "Five?" Christopher repeated skeptically. "Ten, damn you." But a slight smile had appeared on the earl's time-weathered face. "I commend you on your choice. She's a spirited girl. Fearless, Lovely in her own way, and with her charm she has no need of true beauty. You'll need to keep a firm hand on the reins, but the trouble will be worth it." He paused, looking wistful. "Once you've had a woman like that, you can never be content with the ordinary kind." Christopher had been about to argue over the question of Beatrix's beauty, which in his opinion was unequaled. But that last sentence caught his attention. "You're referring to Grandmother?" he asked. "No. Your grandmother was the kind of woman I thought I should marry. I was in love with someone else- a far less suitable girl. And I let her go, to my everlasting regret." He sighed, pondering some distant memory. "A lifetime without her..." Fascinated, Christopher wanted to ask more... but this was hardly the time or place for such a conversation. However, it gave him an unexpected insight into his grandfather. What would it do to a man, to marry a Prudence when one might have had a Beatrix? It would be enough to turn anyone bitter.

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    What we did and who we were are just dregs compared to who we are now and how we act when the sword is coming down.

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    When you see your feet with no footwear, also see those with no feet.

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    Why do you compare yourself to others? Can you carry weight of others on your shoulders?

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    You can make a difference, wherever you are. It begins with a decision and defined purpose.

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    You cannot change someone using fear, degradation, humiliation, or by comparing them to others. It can only be done through love, with love, for love.

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    You deserve respect and appreciation. A person who doesn't have respect for themselves will more than likely not give it to you. You have to set the standard for yourself by not allowing the insolence.

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    You don't need my testimony to know God is Good. I pray u have a testimony for yourself.

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    Alone, I am satisfied with myself. With others, I am beset by troubling comparisons.

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    Anytime anybody goes, "Wow you've been busy." I'm like, "No, not since college. This is a cakewalk in comparison.

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    Brothers naturally invite comparison.

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    For the lesser evil is reckoned a good in comparison with the greater evil, since the lesser evil is rather to be chosen than the greater. .

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    I certainly hope the strengths and values of this country hold up to comparison to other cultures.

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    I'm OCD beyond comparison.

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    In comparison with a loving human being, everything else is worthless.

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    I've been compared to people since the beginning. When you're starting out, you need a comparison so people will understand you right away.

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    Jealousy is the fear of comparison.

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    My criticisms are extremely mild in comparison to the tone of some of the questions fired in my direction.

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    Whoever said misery loves company was full of shite. Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, however... that guy was onto something.