Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.
Don't fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself. No man is free who cannot command himself.
Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.
The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.
If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be
Do not let it be your aim to be something, but to be someone.
The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.
If you put off everything till you're sure of it, you'll never get anything done.
You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
You can't learn in school what the world is going to do next year.
I can never stand still. I must explore and experiment. I am never satisfied with my work. I resent the limitations of my own imagination.
One man with courage is a majority.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention ... arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
When I give, I give myself.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.