They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.
No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself. No man is free who cannot command himself.
The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.
Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one.
Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Don't let anyone tell you what you ought to like... Some wines that some experts think are absolutely exquisite don't appeal to me at all.
What does not destroy me, makes me strong.
Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
You have to make the rules, not follow them.
If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.
Winners and losers aren't born, they are the products of how they think
Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it.
The man with no imagination has no wings.
He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.