One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
Marie Curie, letter to her brother, 1894
Young people have an almost biological destiny to be hopeful.
Marshall Ganz, quoted by Sara Rimer in New York Times
Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?
Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Plan more than you can do, then do it.
An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love, and to long life.
Alexander A. Bogomoletz
You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.
Tove Jansson, Tales from Moominvalley, 1963
If you lend
someone $20 and never see that person again,
it was probably worth it!
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Good soldiers never pass up a chance to eat or sleep. They never know how much they'll be called on to do before the next chance.
Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991
Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
Hail to you gods, on that day of the great reckoning. Behold me, I have come to you, without sin, without guilt, without evil, without a witness against me, without one whom I have wronged. I am one pure of mouth, pure of hands.
The Book of the Dead, The Address to the Gods, 1700-1000 B.C.
Flowers never emit so sweet and strong a fragrance as before a
When a storm approaches thee, be as fragrant as a sweet-smelling flower.
Jean Paul Richter
What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
A misery is not to be measure from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.
Remember that happiness is a way of travel - not a destination.
Roy M. Goodman
It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.
The free expression of the hopes and aspirations of a people is the greatest and only safety in a sane society.
Emma Goldman, Living My Life, 1931
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams, 'The Dilbert Principle'
Cherish your own emotions and never undervalue them.
Be rich to yourself and poor to your friends.
Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
Bible, Old Testament
What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
Always be nice to people on the way up; because you'll meet the same people on the way down.
I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.
Dorothy Day, The Long Loneliness, 1952
Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
In a world where there is so much to be done. I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.
When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective.
George C. Marshall
Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.
In battling evil, excess is good; for he who is moderate in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth. He conceals the other half out of fear of the people's wrath.
Kahlil Gibran, 'Narcotics and Dissecting Knives,'
A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.
We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to vibrantly alive in repose.
Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves.
Joseph P. Thompson
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1890
You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.
We go where our vision is.
Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.
In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.
Henry David Thoreau
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
Elizabeth I, in Francis Bacon, Apophthegms, 1625
Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment.
Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, 'A Woman of Independent Means'
Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.
Charity sees the need not the cause.
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.
It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.
In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it: They must not do too much of it: And they must have a sense of success in it.
John Ruskin, Pre-Raphaelitism, 1850
Live well. It is the greatest revenge.
Live among men as if God beheld you; speak to God as if men were listening.
Age to me means nothing. I can't get old; I'm working. I was old when I was twenty-one and out of work. As long as you're working, you stay young. When I'm in front of an audience, all that love and vitality sweeps over me and I forget my age.
Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.
Abigail Van Buren, 1978
Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.
Donald Trump, "Trump: Art of the Deal"
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?
Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.
Elsa Maxwell, September 28, 1958