You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn't correct. We all start with all there is, it's how we use it that makes things possible.
One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.
Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
The starting point of all achievement is desire.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
Neither worse then or better is a thing made by being praised.
Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?
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.
I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.
We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired by glory.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
They alone live, who live for others.
The superior man thinks only of virtue; the common man thinks only of comfort.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.