A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
People are like stained glass windows -- the true beauty can be seen only when there is light from within. The darker the night, the brighter the windows
Among the mind's powers is one that comes of itself to many children and artists. It need not be lost, to the end of his days, by anyone who has ever had it. This is the power of taking delight in a thing, or rather in anything, not as a means to some other end, but just because it is what it is. A child in the full health of his mind will put his hand flat on the summer lawn, feel it, and give a little shiver of private glee at the elastic firmness of the globe.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.... Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture ... Do not build obstacles in your imagination ... Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers. (President, Radcliffe College)
No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.
A lot of successful people are risk-takers. Unless you're willing to do thatÍ to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen.
Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.
Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.
We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance
prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an
organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor
property will be safe.
Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other
for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle.
Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people
together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last --more than passion or even sex!
Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do.
Luck to me is something else: Hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.
Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.
Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader.
Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can't see anything wrong with each other.
For many people,
an excuse is better than an achievement because
an achievement, no matter how great,
leaves you having to prove yourself again in the future
but an excuse can last for life."
Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in performance of it.