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"Well then," said Sancho, "let the island come; and I'll try and be such a governor, that in spite of scoundrels I'll go to heaven; and it's not from any craving to quit my own humble condition or better myself, but from the desire I have to try what it tastes like to be a governor."
My father and mother, since they are both dead, I shall be no nearer to in Essendean than in the Kingdom of Hungary, and, to speak truth, if I thought I had a chance to better myself where I was going I would go with a good will."
Then I heard of this place--curse the hour that the name first fell upon my ears!--and I came to better myself! My God!
"I couldn't have done better myself, and you will forgive my saying that you have never in your life done half so well.
'I could have done it better myself, I verify believe!'
"I take anything I can from that type of player and try to better myself."
Mr Disney told The P&J: "I have three aims from my challenges, the first is to challenge myself and better myself.
"The O's were winners last season too so hopefully, me coming into a winning environment, helps me to become a natural winner, better myself and hopefully I can better the team."
"I want to build on what I have already achieved and continue to better myself. Therefore, I will not be training with Abel Sanchez."
In response to actor Robert Lindsay's Tweet of the Day saying MPs need to fix the problems in their parties, not leave them, I couldn't have put it better myself. All MPs should take note.
Lewis said: "I am doing this to better myself. I have made a few friends who are also junior scorpions and we help each other to be the best that we can be."
He added that there were no quick fixes to losing weight, saying: "It's determination and consistency that got me this far and I will continue pushing to better myself and motivate others."
"The last few seasons I haven't played as much football as I'd have liked to, so now it's just about getting my head down and trying to better myself as a player.
'They can perform better if they wanted to but if I want to see better performances from them, I should play better myself.'
"I'm the type of person that wants to better myself and keep challenging myself, hence why I wanted to play in the Premier League and pit myself against the best players," added the striker.