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Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.

Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away blessed be the name of the Lord.
It is good for me that I was afflicted that I may learn Thy statutes. [Psalms 119:71]
Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. [Isaiah 48:10]
Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.
If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.
Listening is one of the deepest, most profound signs of loving -- listening to yourself and listening to others. Your heart goes out and wraps around them and God's spirit of loving embraces you both.
An essential condition of listening to God is that the mind should not be distracted by thoughts of resentment, ill-temper, hatred or vengeance, all of which are comprised in the general term, the wrath of man.
The less you talk, the more you're listened to.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Only if we can restrain ourselves is good conversation possible. Good talk rises upon much discipline.
One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.
Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying, Be!
A person hears only what they understand.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.
What you become directly influences what you get.
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.
The joy of youth is to disobey; but the trouble is that there are no longer any orders.
A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.
The mark of solitude is silence, as speech is the mark of community. Silence and speech have the same inner correspondence and difference as do solitude and community. One does not exist without the other. Right speech comes out of silence, and right silence comes out of speech.
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.
Unemployment insurance is a pre-paid vacation for freeloaders.
Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.
You must choose the thoughts and actions that will lead you on to success.
If you load responsibility on a man unworthy of it he will always betray himself.
You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
Accountability breeds response-ability.
An individual without information can't take responsibility. An individual with information can't help but take responsibility.
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.
To shun one's cross is to make it heavier.
The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.
A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with -- a man is what he makes of himself.
Bear one another's burdens.
Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required. [Luke 12:48]
Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.
You take on the responsibility for making your dream a reality.
Accept the consequences of your actions in order to become the agent of your mental, physical, spiritual and material success.
He is not great who is not greatly good.
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.
Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.
If you have enough push, you don't have to worry about the pull.
The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.
When workmen strive to do better than well, they do confound their skill in covetousness.
All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity.
I care not, a man can die but once; we owe God and death.
I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.
How like a winter hath my absence been. From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen, What old December's bareness everywhere!
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
If you don't see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.
Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.
Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage
The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.
Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.
Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.
It's your aptitude, not just your attitude that determines your ultimate altitude.
A goal properly set is halfway reached.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.
People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

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