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It is not a doctrine of life only for ageing hermits, but quite as much for keen young men who wish to do something in the world. It is a practical goal which could also be a practicable one for millions who now think it beyond their reach, if only they would accept and act on the psychological truth that "thinking makes it so." It is a strengthening reassurance to minds awakening from the slavish dreams of lust that they need not stay slaves forever. It is not an asceticism that is happy only in making itself miserable, but a comprehension that weighs values and abides by the result.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 1: What the Quest Is > # 56

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