Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965
Get pleasure out of life...as much as you can. Nobody ever died from pleasure.
Houses are built to live in, more than to look on; therefore let us be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
Sir Francis Bacon
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
Michel de Montaigne
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Good habits result from resisting temptation.
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
F. D. Roosevelt, message for Jefferson Day, April 13, 1945
Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present.
W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
Love God and trust your feelings. Be loyal to them. Don't betray them.
Robert C. Pollock
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy.
Jim Hightower, the New York Times, March 9, 1986
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo, 'Histoire d'un crime,' 1852
Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier.
Best friends are the siblings God forgot to give us.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Things are only impossible until they're not.
Jean-Luc Picard, 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'
Dive into the sea of thought, and find there pearls beyond price.
Moses Ibn Ezra, Shirat Yisrael
A great preservative against angry and mutinous thoughts, and all impatience and quarreling, is to have some great business and interest in your mind, which, like a sponge shall suck up your attention and keep you from brooding over what displeases you.
Don't frown, you never know who is falling in love with your smile.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
He who loses money, loses much;
He, who loses a friend, loses much more;
He, who loses faith, loses all.
Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.
Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.
Bertolt Brecht, the Mother, 1932
To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.
Mary Pettibone Poole, A Glass Eye at a Keyhole, 1938
Actions speak louder than words.
Some people make the world special by just being in it.
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
Beautiful young people are accidents
But beautiful old people are works of art.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.
Life is like a river.
Let it carry you,
not knowing where
it will take you,
and you will journey
to amazing places;
Or, stay on the shore,
knowing for sure
where you will be,
and you will go nowhere.
Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.
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
Well done is better than well said.
Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.
Sir Winston Churchill
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.
It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.
You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can't sit back and wait.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
Robert H. Goddard
Promote yourself, but do not demote another.
When you can't have what you want, it's time to start wanting what you have.
Kathleen A. Sutton
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can't accept your imperfections, that's their fault.
Dr. David M. Burns
Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.
Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
A full cup must be carried steadily.