When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound. Rebuild those plans and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
-- Napoleon Hill
The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - We must step up the stairs.
-- Vance Havner
Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.
-- Samuel Johnson
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
I want to remind you that success in life is based on hard slogging. There will be periods when discouragement is great and upsetting, and the antidote for this is calmness and fortitude and a modest yet firm belief in your competence. Be sure that your priorities are in order so that you can proceed in a logical manner, and be ever mindful that nothing will take the place of persistence.
-- Publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in a letter to his son.
Genius is eternal patience.
-- -- Michelangelo
“I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
- - Bill Cosby
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
-- Thomas Jefferson
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
-- Beverly Sills
The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities, and to make the most of one's resources.
A short cut is the longest distance between two points.
The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and persistence toward a predetermined goal. Those who succeed are those who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and the tragic brevity of time. -- W.J. Davison
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. Thomas Alva Edison
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination." - Tommy Lasorda
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Home is not where you live, but where they understand you. - Christian Morgenstern
Less is more. Whatever you own owns you.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford
"Victory belongs to the most persevering." - Napoleon
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."
Home is not where you live, but where they understand you. - Christian Morgenstern
It isn't the load that breaks us down; it's the way we carry it
Problems don't go away by themselves, but opportunities do. - Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth. - George Bernard Shaw
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - William Morrow
No pleasure philosophy, no sensuality, no place nor power, no material success can for a moment give such inner satisfaction as the sense of living for good purposes, for maintenance of integrity, for the preservation of self-approval.
-- Minot Simons
To love what you do and feel that it matters -- how could anything be more fun?
-- Katherine Graham
"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes along their way."
The happy people are those who are producing something; the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing.
-- - William Ralph Inge
What a man is, contributes much more to his happiness than what he has, or how he is regarded by others.
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is hard to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline.
-- W. L. Shirer
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. – Helen Keller
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. – Helen Keller
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.- Helen Keller
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. – Helen Keller
People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant. – Helen Keller
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. – Helen Keller
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings. – Helen Keller
Is there anything worse than being blind? Yes, a man with sight and no vision. – Helen Keller
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. – Helen Keller
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. – Helen Keller
“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything,
but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the
something I can do.” — Helen Keller
"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." - Helen Keller
If you look like your passport photo, you're too ill to travel. Will Kommen
He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
George Bernard Shaw
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
“Never memorize something that you can look up.” Albert Einstein
We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility. – Albert Einstein
The search for truth is more precious than its possession – Albert Einstein
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein
Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach. – Albert Einstein
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. – Albert Einstein
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. – Albert Einstein
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. – Albert Einstein
We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know. – Albert Einstein
I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious. – Albert Einstein
When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits. – Albert Einstein
I don’t believe in mathematics. – Albert Einstein
Do not worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater. – Albert Einstein
If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut. – Albert Einstein
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. – Albert Einstein
The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it. – Albert Einstein
Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who read too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. – Albert Einstein
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those that matter - don't mind... and those that mind - don't matter.
Marcus Aurelius Quotes
Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors,
Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Confine yourself to the present.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that
you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.
Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Our life is what our thoughts make it.
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
Life, Escape, Insane
The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you
against the present.
The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.
Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.
Do every act of your life as if it were your last.
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower
than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on
his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others.
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.
Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom
destiny has ordained that you shall live.
Poverty is the mother of crime.
Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under
thy observation in life.
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.
Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it.
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.
Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything
is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.
The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.
A man should be upright, not be kept upright.
Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.
Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.
Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.
The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept
by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.
To live happily is an inward power of the soul.
Be content to seem what you really are.
Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.
To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.
Tomorrow is nothing, today is too late; the good lived yesterday.
Execute every act of thy life as though it were thy last.
We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of
our controversies come from that.
Anger cannot be dishonest.
Each day provides its own gifts.
And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.
Death, like birth, is a secret of Nature.
Men exist for the sake of one another.
To understand the true quality of people, you must look into their minds, and examine their pursuits and aversions.
What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.
Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.
There is nothing happens to any person but what was in his power to go through with.
To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.
Perhaps there are none more lazy, or more truly ignorant, than your everlasting readers.
Where a man can live, he can also live well.
You must become an old man in good time if you wish to be an old man long.
We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season
after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
The act of dying is one of the acts of life.
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.
Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle.
The universal order and the personal order are nothing but different expressions and manifestations of a common underlying principle.
When thou art above measure angry, bethink thee how momentary is man's life.
Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
Death is a release from the impressions of the senses, and from desires that make us their puppets, and from the vagaries of the mind, and from the hard service of the flesh.
Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.
Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, 'This is a misfortune' but 'To bear this worthily is good fortune.'