Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.
A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.
Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.
If the little bit you have is nothing special in itself, at least find a way of saying it that is a little bit special.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
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.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
Don't stop chasing your dreams, because dreams do come true.
We were a family who had come from nothing and now we had respect from French people of all sorts.
For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.
I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
All wealth is the product of labor.
Freedom and independence form my character.
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.