The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
If we go down into ourselves, we find that we possess exactly what we desire.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it.
The superior man thinks only of virtue; the common man thinks only of comfort.
Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
You can't live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention ... arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired by glory.
The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a patter of systems.
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and to impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
When I go, God's going to have to give up his favourite chair.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
You have to work hard to get to the top of your game. I think every writer has doubts! I still do all the time.