Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.
One great lesson that we can learn from its systematic absence in the work of the grand theorists is that every self-conscious thinker must at all times be aware of--and hence be able to control--the levels of abstraction on which he is working. The capacity to shuttle between levels of abstraction, with ease and with clarity, is a signal mark of the imaginative and systematic thinker.
Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily.
Only as far as a man is happily married to himself is he fit for married life and family life in general.
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
A woman who takes things from a man is called a girlfriend, a man who takes things from a woman is called a gigolo.
Every man must get to Heaven his own way.
I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more --the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort --to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires --and expires, too soon, too soon --before life itself.
A mistress never is nor can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers; and when it is over, anything but friends.
In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.
Power is nothing if you don't have someone to share it with.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend.
It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.
The only way God could impose peace on the world would be to robotize our wills and rob every human being of the power of choice. He has not chosen to do that. He has given every person a free will.
Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.
When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away.
Wealth unused might as well not exist.
Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.
The truth of the matter is that there's nothing you can't accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you're absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You're willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what's working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
My happiness derives from knowing the people I love are happy.
All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.
Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.
Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
A man can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.
In the early days of the Indian Territory, there were no such things as birth certificates. You being there was certificate enough.
You never know how much a man can't remember until he is called as a witness.
Every human being is trying to say something to others. Trying to cry out I am alive, notice me! Speak to me! Confirm that I am important, that I matter!!
The simple lack of her is more to me than others presence.
The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
Its easy to be an angel when you are in heaven.
There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.
The best relation is the one in which your LOVE for each other exceeds your NEED for each other.
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Any training that does not include the emotions, mind and body is incomplete; knowledge fades without feeling.
One of the secrets of getting more done is to make a TO DO List every day, keep it visible, and use it as a guide to action as you go through the day.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.
Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.
There's one blessing only, the source and cornerstone of beatitude -- confidence in self.
It is easy -- terribly easy -- to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man's spirit is devil's work.
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
Death comes to all But great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.
I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.
The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality
God will not look you over for medal, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along.
Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.
It seemed that each time we would become proficient at a given task there would be a change made for no apparent reason. It sometimes appeared that changes were made simply because sufficient time had elapsed since the last change. And then our efforts would begin again from the beginning.
Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
If life were measured by accomplishments, most of us would die in infancy.
I hope that my achievements in life shall be these -- that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need that I will have left the earth a better place for what I've done and who I've been.
Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of
One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life.
The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.
Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.
We will either find a way, or make one.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?
Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.
Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.
If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
The discontented man finds no easy chair.
Let thy discontents be thy secrets.
All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.
What has become clear to you since we last met?
An old young man, will be a young old man.
If you wouldn't live long, live well; for folly and wickedness shorten life.
A heart in love with beauty never grows old.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
The line of beauty is the line of perfect economy.
The proof of gold is fire...
Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
They that will not be counseled, cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason she will rap you on the knuckles.
To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.
Many foxes grow gray but few grow good.
At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.
Avoid being impatient. Remember time brings roses.
God heals and the doctor takes the fee.
Experience keeps a school, yet fools will learn in no other.
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture.
In the affairs of this world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.
The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason.
There have been as great souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.
There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
No nation was ever ruined by trade.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.
Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.
Energy and persistence alter all things.
Nothing preaches better than the act.
Well done, is better than well said.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Eat to please thyself, but dress to please others.