Here are some of the things I underlined: (It's important to note that not everything I'm quoting from the book came from Vernon. This first quote is from Emerson.)
Our strength grows out of our weakness. The indignation which arms itself with secret forces does not awaken until we are pricked and stung and sorely assailed. A great man is always willing to be little. While he sits on the cushion of advantages he goes to sleep. When he is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something: he has been put on his wits, on his manhood; he has pained facts, learns his ignorance; he is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill. The wise man throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak points. RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Our growth into full personal power is basically a process of discard. Discard what?
Ask yourself where are you going every day.
What is success? First and last, it is personal happiness.
Remember the three magic words: Try Another Way.
It is your moral duty to be happy.
As long as we are aboard the ship, if we are traveling in the right direction, we can completely relax. The ship is headed in the right direction and so are we.
Know exactly what you want.
Dismiss wasteful and negative attitudes.
Make the most of every opportunity.
Our viewpoints make our world whatever it is. A new awareness creates an entirely new world.
Always remember your castle.
It is very painful to pretend to be someone.
Don't drain your energy by thinking negatively toward people who harm you.
Just as a tiger is restrained by the bars, a hostile person is prevented from harming you by your own understanding.
What he dislikes in himself he dislikes in others.
When you really understand that he acts as he does because he is scared, you can be emotionally free.
All negative emotions have a foundation of fear. Whenever encountering a troublesome person, do not identify him as being cruel, stupid or rude. Instead see him as frightened.
Do not identify with an unwanted habit. It is merely acquired; it is not part of the real you.
Listen to the secret message of your experiences. Let them help you build self-serving habits.
We cling to harmful habits because they give us temporary gratification.
How can we dissolve a habit? By getting an entirely new self--a self that is not identified with the habit.
Guilt is a self-centered emotion concerned only with what others will think, with reputation.