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Striving

Striving is life, yet life is striving;
I fight to live, yet live to fight;
The vital urge is in my driving,
Yet I must drive with all my might:
Each day a battle, and the fray
Stoutly renewed the coming day.

A am myself - yet when I strive
I build a self that's truer, higher;
I keep my bit of God alive
And forgive me in heroic fire:
What if my goal I never gain -
Better to toil than to attain.

It is not what I do or make,
It is the travail of my trying;
The aim, the effort and the ache
Is in the end my glorifying:
Through triumph I may never see,
The will to win is victory.

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Lui et Elle

She is large and matronly
And rather dirty,
A little sardonic-looking, as if domesticity had driven her to it.
Though what she does, except lay four eggs at random in the garden once a year
And put up with her husband,
I don't know.

She likes to eat.
She hurries up, striding reared on long uncanny legs
When food is going.
Oh yes, she can make haste when she likes.
She snaps the soft bread from my hand in great mouthfuls,
Opening her rather pretty wedge of an iron, pristine face
Into an enormously wide-beaked mouth
Like sudden curved scissors,
And gulping at more than she can swallow, and working her thick, soft tongue,
And having the bread hanging over her chin.

O Mistress, Mistress,
Reptile mistress,

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Finally Made It

It's not all about the money
(It's not all about the money).
Cause I love what I'm doing for the people.
(I really love doing my job, I really do).
Don't know where I would be if this didn't happened.
(You know...)
But I finally made it...
(A lot of us don't graduate from high school. A lot us don't get a chance at being a superstar. A lot us don't get a chance
to fulfill our dreams and I'm thinking like God! If I wasn't doing this what would I be doing? Probably like braiding hair.
Working at a super market. You know? Just hustling two jobs you know what I mean? At least trying to live.)
La, la, la, la
(I lost so much you know? I lost so, so much over the years cause like it's amazing how when you decide that you wanna do
the right thing. When I say I "Finally Made It" I don't mean like successfully, or wit money, I mean like...
I'm spiritually successful right now. You know like trying...)
Never give up, never give up, never, never give up, never give up...
(I'm on my way to like... A place were I know... I never dreamed were I would be and thats perfection... I'm striving for
that... I don't think no one can ever be perfect, I'm striving again, striving against all things... So what I'm saying to
all my fans is... If I can do it... I know ya'll can do it too...)

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Finally Made It (Interlude)

It's not all about the money
(It's not all about the money).
Cause I love what I'm doing for the people.
(I really love doing my job, I really do).
Don't know were I would be if this didn't happened.
(You know...)
But I finally made it...
(A lot of us don't graduate from high school. A lot us don't get a chance at being a superstar. A lot us don't get a chance to fufill our dreams and I'm thinking like God! If I wasn't doing this what would I be doing? Probably like braiding hair. Working at a super market. You know? Just husteling two jobs you know what I mean? At least trying to live.)
La, la, la, la
(I lost so much you know? I lost so, so much over the years cause like it's amazing how when you decide that you wanna do the right thing. When I say I "Finally Made It" I don't mean like sucsessfully, or wit money, I mean like...
I'm sprituatily sucessful right now. You know like tryin'...)
Never give up, never give up, never, never give up, never give up...
(I'm on my way to like... A place were I know... I never dreamed were I woud be and thats perfection... I'm striving for that... I don't think no one can ever be perfect, I'm striving again, striving against all things... So what I'm saying to all my fans is... If I can do it... I know ya'll can do it too...)

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Samuel Butler

Hudibras: Part 1 - Canto III

THE ARGUMENT

The scatter'd rout return and rally,
Surround the place; the Knight does sally,
And is made pris'ner: Then they seize
Th' inchanted fort by storm; release
Crowdero, and put the Squire in's place;
I should have first said Hudibras.

Ah me! what perils do environ
The man that meddles with cold iron!
What plaguy mischiefs and mishaps
Do dog him still with after-claps!
For though dame Fortune seem to smile
And leer upon him for a while,
She'll after shew him, in the nick
Of all his glories, a dog-trick.
This any man may sing or say,
I' th' ditty call'd, What if a Day?
For HUDIBRAS, who thought h' had won

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Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

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Buddha

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

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After Years Of Striving

AFTER YEARS OF STRIVING TO WRITE MY OWN LIFE

After years of striving to write my own life
The music came and the wisdom right-
I am the poem I wanted to be
I am the man God set free.

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Franz Kafka

The relationship to one's fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one's striving.

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Man's striving for order, of which art is but one manifestation, derives from a similar universal tendency throughout the organic world; it is also paralleled by, and perhaps derived from, the striving towards the state of simplest structure in physical systems.

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