Hindu proverb says, "There is nothing noble in being superior to some
other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous
Most of us are aware of this, and are forever striving to improve
ourselves, to correct our faults, control our habits, make the most of our
abilities. But self-discipline is not easy. Self-conquest, as every
philosopher from Plato to William James has emphasized, is the greatest
victory of all. "I have had more trouble with myself than with any
other man I have ever met!" said Dwight Moody, the famous evangelist.
The greates taste of a man's character is how he takes charge of his
own life. "No man need stay the way he is," says Harry E.
Fosdick. The mold of a man's fortune, the shape of his life and destiny,
are in his own hands.
- A manís own character is the arbiter of his fortune.
- All that a man does outwardly is but the expression and completion
of his inward thought. To work effectively, he must think clearly; to
act nobly, he must think nobly.
- Make yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts. None of us yet know, for
none of us have been taught in early youth, what fairy palaces we may
build of beautiful thought-proof against all adversity. Bright
fancies, satisfied memories, noble histories, faithful sayings,
treasure houses of precious and restful thoughts, which care cannot
disturb, nor pain make gloomy, nor poverty take away from us-houses
build without hands, for our souls to live in.
- A manís own self is his friend, a manís own self is his foe.
- When a manís fight begins within himself, he is worth something.
- How happy is he born and taught,
That serveth not anotherís will;
Whose armor is his honest thought,
simple truth his utmost skill!
- The divinity that shapes our ends is in ourselves. ÖAll that a man
achieves or fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.
- All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is
everything. What we think, we become.
- Let a man strive to purify his thoughts. What a man thinketh, that
is he; this is the eternal mystery. Dwelling within his Self with
thoughts serene, he will obtain imperishable happiness. Man becomes
that of which he thinks.
- A happy life is one that is in accordance with its own nature.
- He who knows others is clever; he who knows himself is enlightened.
- Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of
talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
- No man can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in
dealing with himself.
- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is
because he hears a different drummer. Let him keep step to music that
he hears, however measured or far away.
- Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness
that we deserve them.
- Acquit me, or do not acquit me; but be sure that I shall not alter
my way of life, no, not if I have to die for it many times.