We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
If you put off everything till you're sure of it, you'll never get anything done.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble
The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
We must have perserverence and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something.
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.
It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.
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.
The person who takes no chances generally has to take whatever is left when others are through choosing.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.
Don't fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
The superior man thinks only of virtue; the common man thinks only of comfort.
He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
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.
Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.