If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
This time,like all times, is a good time, if we but know what to do with it.
To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
The never-ending task of self improvement.
Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail
The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.
A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.
Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
To help the young soul, to add energy, inspire hope, and blow the coals into a useful flame; to redeem defeat by new thought and firm action, this, though not easy, is the work of divine man
I cannot find language of sufficient energy to convey my sense of the sacredness of private integrity
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
Extremes meet, and there is no better example than the naughtiness of humility
Thoughts come into our minds by avenues which we never left open, and thoughts go out of our minds through avenues which we never voluntarily opened.
It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have it, it requires ten times as much skill to keep it.
Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it's the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend.
Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth
Make yourself necessary to somebody.
Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.
Earth laughs in flowers.
Insist upon yourself. Be original.
The human body is a magazine of inventions, the patent office, where are the models from which every hint is taken. All the tools and engines on earth are only extensions of its limbs and senses.
There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer.
Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear
The youth, intoxicated with his admiration of a hero, fails to see, that it is only a projection of his own soul, which he admires
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
Science does not know its debt to imagination.
What school, college, or lecture bring men depends on what men bring to carry it home in.
The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers; a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer swing and play to the confined powers.
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.
Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.
Two man talk and one may hear, but three cannot take part in a conversation of the most sincere and searching sort.
Wisdom is like electricity. There is no permanently wise man, but men capable of wisdom, who, being put into certain company, or other favorable conditions, become wise for a short time, as glasses rubbed acquire electric power for a while.
If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.
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