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To think is to say no.

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Better a refusal than deception.
— African proverb

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Simplify your life.  Learn to say no.
Learn to say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.

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One says a lot in vain, refusing;
The other mainly hears the "No."
My unhappiness was the unhappiness of a person who could not say no.
Fortitude is the capacity to say "no" when the world want to hear "yes."
There is no meaningful yes unless the individual could also have said no.

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One must separate from anything that forces one to repeat No again and again.
Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.

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"No" is a complete sentence.  It does not require justification or explanation.
All the mistakes I ever made in my life were when I wanted to say no and said yes.

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Learn to say, "No," and it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
"No" and "Yes" are words quickly said, but they need a great amount of thought before you utter them.

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Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

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Focusing is about saying no.  And you've got to say, no, no, no.  And you say no and you piss off people.
One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.
One-half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying "Yes" too quick and not saying "No" soon enough.

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One-half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying 'yes' too quickly and not saying 'no' soon enough.
A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
I understand by "freedom of spirit" something quite definite...the unconditional will to say No where it is dangerous to say No.
You start by saying "no" to requests.  Then if you have to go to "yes," okay.  But if you start with "yes" you can't get to "no."

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The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say "no" to almost everything.
Liberty is...the possibility of saying "No" to any authority—literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social, and even political.
Girls are so queer you never know what they mean.  They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits for the fun of it.
You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically—to say 'no' to other things.
We're always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it's only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.
What is a rebel?  A man who says no, but whose refusal does not imply renunciation.  He is also a man who says yes, from the moment he makes his first gesture of rebellion.

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So learn to say No—and be rude about it when necessary.  Otherwise you will not have time to carry out your duty, or to do your own work, and certainly no time for love and happiness. The termites will nibble away your life and leave none of it for you.