Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
I attribute my success to this--I never gave or took any excuse.
What I fear is complacency. When things always become better, people tend to want more for less work.
--Lee Kuan Yew
The worst lesson that can be taught a man is to rely upon others and to whine over his sufferings.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint", then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.
--Vincent Van Gogh
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our words must be judged by our deeds; and in striving for a lofty ideal we must use practical methods; and if we cannot attain all at one leap, we must advance towards it step by step, reasonably content so long as we do actually make some progress in the right direction.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
--Martin Luther King Jr.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Man is free to choose not to be conscious, but not free to escape the penalty of unconsciousness: destruction.
Money is only a tool in business. It is just a part of the machinery. You might as well borrow 100,000 lathes as $100,000 if the trouble is inside your business. More lathes will not cure it; neither will more money. Only heavier doses of brains and thought and wise courage can cure. A business that misuses what it has will continue to misuse what it can get.
If we have our own why in life, we shall get along with almost any how.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
None of my inventions came by accident. I see a worthwhile need to be met and I make trial after trial until it comes. What it boils down to is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
All our dreams can come true--if we have the courage to pursue them.
What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.
--David D. Burns
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily.
You can't go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.
--James R. Sherman
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity; but if you wish to know what a man really is give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never used it except on the side of mercy. He would never turn a man out of even the smallest office, and leave a stain upon his name, without having given him full and ample hearing. He loved to pardon. He loved to see the tears of joy upon the cheeks of a wife whose husband he had rescued from death.
--Robert G. Ingersoll
Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find--nothing.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
Be kind to each other in your homes. Be kind to those who surround you. I prefer that you make mistakes in kindness rather than that you work miracles in unkindness. Often just for one word, one look, one quick action, and darkness fills the heart of the one we love.
Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details... We don't give up on things easily.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
--Norman Vincent Peale
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
--Alexander Graham Bell
A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with--a man is what he makes of himself.
--Alexander Graham Bell
Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.
It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
--Stephen R. Covey
Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it from him. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
A man who knows how little he knows is well, a man who knows how much he knows is sick.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
--Abigail Van Buren
An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep.
--Alexander the Great
One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.
--Robert H. Schuller
We consume the carcasses of creatures with like appetites, passions, and organs as our own. We feed on babes, though not our own, and fill the slaughter-houses daily with screams of pain and fear.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail.
A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.
The law of nature instructs most animals to cherish and educate their infant progeny. The law of reason inculcates to the human species the returns of filial piety.
I could express my feelings more easily if they could be put into the notes of music, but as the very best concert would not cover my affection for you, dear daddy, I must use the simple words of my heart, to lay before you my utmost gratitude and filial affection.
Let us beware of that proud philosophy which affects to inculcate Philanthropy while it denounces every home-born feeling by which it is produced and nurtured. The parental and filial duties discipline the Heart and prepare it for the love of all Mankind. The intensity of private attachments encourages, not prevents universal Benevolence.
--Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever--because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.
Our lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty. The difficulty comes from our lack of confidence.
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.
All things are possible until they are proved impossible--and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.
--Pearl S. Buck
I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
--Pearl S. Buck
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along."
The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
--Franklin D. Roosevelt
All knowledge, when separated from justice and virtue, is seen to be cunning and not wisdom.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
For the great doesn't happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.
--Vincent Van Gogh
You have many habits that weaken you. The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
--Charles R. Swindoll
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career.
I've lost almost 300 games.
26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.
We are product of neither nature nor nurture; we are a product of choice, because there is always a space between stimulus and response. As we wisely exercise our power to choose based on principles, the space will become larger.
--Stephen R. Covey
The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.
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.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
--Thich Nhat Hanh
The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.
It all comes to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good.
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy.
--George Horace Lorimer
If you want to know what a man is really like, take notice of how he acts when he loses money.
We have learned a bit too late in the day that action springs not from thought but from a readiness for responsibility.
All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.
--Wayne W. Dyer
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself--if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself--it is very difficult to take care of another person.
--Thich Nhat Hanh
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are made for.
--John A. Shedd
Life does not consist mainly--or even largely--of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one's head.
Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.
--George H. Lorimer
So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money?
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
If you're in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
I'm dead by then. There'll be different voices, different standpoints, but I stand by my record. I did some sharp and hard things to get things right. Maybe some people disapproved of it. Too harsh, but a lot was at stake and I wanted the place to succeed, that's all. At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.
--Lee Kuan Yew
It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you've got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner.
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.
Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
How soon 'not now' becomes 'never'.
Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Success is not accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.