The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
He that can have patience can have what he will.
I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.
Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?
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.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
You have to make the rules, not follow them.
Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.
When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.
If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.
Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.