You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.
Only idiots refuse to change their minds.
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
Resist much. Obey little.
He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.
As the soft yield of water cleaves obstinate stone, So to yield with life solves the insolvable: To yield, I have learned, is to come back again.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
The greatest power we have is the power of choice.
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
Itís your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.
If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.