My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
They say Rome wasn't built in a day, but I wasn't on that particular job.
Years from now, after I'm gone, someone will listen to what I've done and know I was here. They may not know or care who I was, but they'll hear my guitars speaking for me.
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.
Victory is for those who can say 'Victory is mine'. Success is for those who can begin saying 'I will succeed' and say 'I have succeeded' in the end.
Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.
We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.
We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.
Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.
A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.
One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.
If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.