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“If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Copious adj.  Large in quantity; abundant. Abounding in matter, thoughts, or words; wordy.  “He took copious notes during the business meeting.”

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“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success”. ~Swami Sivananda

Ambiguous adj.  Open to more than one interpretation: “An ambiguous reply.” Doubtful or uncertain. “Ambiguous results.”

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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” -Thomas Edison

Austere adj. 1. Markedly simple without adornment or ornamentation. “An austere office;” “An austere writing style.” 2. Strict or stern in appearance or manner. “He was an austere movie critic.

 

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“Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway.” – Mignon McLaughlin

Euphemism n. A mild, inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is often considered harsh or offensive. “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.”

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“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. ”

– Indira Gandhi

Ostensible adj.  Stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so. Being such in appearance, plausible rather than demonstrably true or real. “The ostensible purpose of the trip was for business.”

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“All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do.+  – Author Unknown

Disingenuous adj.  Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating.  “It was disingenuous of her to claim she had no financial interest in the company.”

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“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”

 – Sam Ewing

Duplicitous adj.  Given to or marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech. “They warned him not to trust the duplicitous telemarketer.”

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