It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
– Aeschylus (525-456 BC)
Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
– John Morley
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
– Og Mandino
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.
– Tim Duncan
If you want to do something, do it!
“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours.”
– Richard Bach
Every relationship between conscious adults is unique, needing freedom to blossom into its own individual flower. We can only attend and cherish the bud with all our care, waiting for the flower to open and declare itself.
– Irene Claremont de Castillejo
If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.
– Vincent van Gogh
It’s easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top.
– Arnold Bennet
They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it. They who love it are not equal to those who delight in it.
– Confucius (551-479 BC)
“Everyone who changes is often a traitor in the eyes of those who can never change.”
– Amoz Oz
Do not remove a fly from your friend’s forehead with a hatchet.
– Chinese Proverb
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!
– Jonathan Winters
Expect people to be better than they are; it helps them to become better. But don’t be disappointed when they’re not; it helps them to keep trying.”
– Merry Browne
“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
“The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”
– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.
– Lydia M. Child (1802-1880)
Love is a great beautifier.
– Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
– Aldous Huxley
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.”
– T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Man has never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.
– Bernard Williams (1929-)
If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
– William Arthur Ward
If every person really understands that “we will all die someday” then why do we worry about events and objects? We are like tourists; we come and go on this planet Earth. Make the best of your visit and when you have to go, make sure you have with you something that cannot die.
We need a moral philosophy in which the concept of love, so rarely mentioned now by philosophers, can once again be made central.
– Iris Murdoch (1919-)
“The basic difference between an ordinary person and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary person takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”
– Carlos Castaneda (b. 1931)
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your common sense.”
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
– Pearl Buck
“If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive.”
– Bahagavad Gita
“A sister is one who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.”
When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
– Hugh White
We are the people our parents warned us about.
– Jimmy Buffett
They can because they think they can.
– Virgil, 70 – 19 BC
It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.
– William James
Soon silence will have passed into legend.
Man has turned his back on silence.
Day after day
he invents machines and devices
that increase noise
and distract humanity
from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing,
whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego.
– Jean Arp
“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.”
– Buddha (563?-483? BC)
It is no disgrace to start all over.
It is usually an opportunity.
– George Matthew Adams
Our words should be purrs instead of hisses.
– Kathrine Palmer Peterson
Happy the man who, like Ulysses, has made a fine voyage, or has won the Golden Fleece, and then returns, experienced and knowledgeable, to spend the rest of his life among his family!
– Joachim du Bellay
Difficulties show men what they are.
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.
– Donald A. Adams
The silence persuades where speaking fails.
– William Shakespeare
“It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.”
– George Sand
Don’t ever slam a door; you might want to go back.
– Don Herold, 1889 – 1966
To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.
– Anne-Sophie Swetchine