Sometimes a majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.
Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked.
You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
The future belongs to those who live intensely in the present.
magna est veritas et praevalebit
Truth is great and will prevail.
Enjoy yourself. These are the ‘good old days’ you’re going to miss in the years ahead.
Cowards die many times before their death; the valiant never taste of death but once.
I don’t want to be a passenger in my own life.
Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough, but not baked in the same oven.
Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.
Knowledge itself is power.
You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live.
We must become involved in civic affairs. As citizens of this republic we cannot do our duty and be idle spectators.
No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
Optimism is an intellectual choice.
Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Happiness is a way station between too little and too much.
It is the chiefest part of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
Boast not of what thou would’st have done, but do.
The value of life lies, not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them: a man may live long, yet live very little. Satisfaction in life depends not on the number of your years, but on your will.
When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul!
One life stamps and influences another, which in turn stamps and influences another, on and on, until the soul of human experiences breathes on in generations we’ll never even meet.
Circumstances – what are circumstances? I make circumstances.
There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.
If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong.
If we would find joy in sorrow, strength in weakness, light in darkness; if we would learn how to bear adversity and scorn and how to fight life’s battles courageously; if we would find the best way of living, the noblest way of thinking, the most comfortable way of growing, it would be well for us to consult God’s chart and steer our lives by it. It will show us where the harbor is and how to reach it without running on the rocks, and will keep us from the bottom of the sea.
History rests on the shoulders of those who accepted the challenge of difficulties and drove through to victory in spite of everything.
A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
Happiness is the only thing one should ever be resigned to.
Marriage ain’t easy, but nothing that’s worth much ever is.
It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Time: all things consume it, love alone makes use of it.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions.
Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.
The soul is healed by being with children.
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
Hitch your wagon to a star.
Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.
More children are punished for mimicking their parents than for disobeying them — be a better example.
Discipline is organized love.
Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.
The scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying.
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
All the while thou studiest revenge, thou art tearing thine own wound open.
Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
The impossible is often the untried.
The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
What a man can imagine he may one day achieve.
We will either find a way, or make one.
It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life.
Believe in yourselves, my brothers and sisters. You are a child of God. You do have something of divinity in you. Believe in your capacity to do great and good things.
The world is our responsibility. We cannot evade it.
A mind that is stretched with new ideas never returns to its original shape.
He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Faith is Power.
Repentance is Improvement.
Righteousness is a Happy Life.
Obedience is the Key to Success.
Humility is the Door to Exaltation.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
The work praises the man.
Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves–to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.
The worst punishment of all is that in the court of his own conscience no guilty man is acquitted.
One can never consent to creep when one has the impulse to soar.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
God does notice us, and He watches over us. But it is usually through another person that He meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the Kingdom.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.
I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a shiny sliver out of one hour. I dropped it carelessly. Oh God! I knew not I held an opportunity.
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ‘ordinary’ people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit–immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously–no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner– no mere tolerance or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment.
I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.
It is never right to compromise with dishonesty.
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it: Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of the earth.
Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us, it is in everyone.
And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fears, our presence automatically liberates others.
Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
We can’t lead, or draw, others to the Lord unless we stand closer to him than they do!
Leadership is action, not position.
Never tear another man’s house down. If you wish to use a hammer, use it in building a house of your own.
The peril of this century is spiritual apathy. As the body requires the sunlight, good food, proper exercise, and rest, so the spirit of man requires the sunlight of the Holy Spirit; proper exercise of the spiritual functions; avoiding of evils that affect spiritual health, which are more ravaging in their effects than typhoid fever, pneumonia, or other diseases that attack the body.
Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent it and to damn the consequences.
Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval.
Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.
…this thing we call ‘failure’ is not falling down, but the staying down.
No man is happy who does not think himself so.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
The rose and the thorn, the sorrow and gladness are linked together.
Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.
The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
Life is not about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
When the Spirit of God burns in your soul, you cannot be otherwise than happy.
Your self-esteem must ultimately come from within.
Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
You cannot run away from a weakness, you must sometimes fight it out or perish; if this be so, why not now and where you stand.
A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.
Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose–not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.
You will have all kinds of trials to pass through and it is quite as necessary for you to be tested even as Abraham and other men of God… God will feel after you. He will take hold of you and wrench your very heart strings. And if you cannot stand it, you will not be fit for an inheritance in the Kingdom of God.
Be gentle to all, and stern with yourself.
Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
To affect the quality of the day– that is the highest of the arts.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.
One learns peoples through the heart, not the eyes or the intellect.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you into trouble.
Cure yourself of the condition of bothering about how you look to other people. Concern yourself only with how you look to God, with the idea that God has of you.
Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do–do it and let it speak for itself.
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances.
Frienship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your chacacter is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
It is love that must motivate the shepherds of Israel.
[W]e may not always be able to keep an evil thought from entering our minds, but we don’t have to offer it a chair and invite it to sit down!
They’re Sunday School answers because they’re the right answers.
It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.
(The scriptures) have no expiration date attached to them.
There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream.
The most needed, wanted, and powerful activity in which you can engage on or off the job is to authentically recognize, acknowledge, and appreciate others.
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of them is roots; the other, wings.
It is possible to make each year bring with it a lasting gift to add to the fullness of experience, to be treasured up, savored, and remembered. They need not be startling, these gifts of the years; they may be things that lie within the reach of all.
I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
Your own doubt is your opponent’s greatest strength.
There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle.
The only prison we need to escape from is the prison of our own minds.
How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.
Clear your mind of ‘can’t.’
Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.
Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone — but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.
Quality, quality, quality: never waver from it, even when you don’t see how you can afford to keep it up. When you compromise, you become a commodity and then you die.
There is only one boss: the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company, from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.
Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
The world belongs to the energetic.
Relationships are a prerequisite for producing results beyond ourselves. They expand our imaginations to infinite possibilities that cannot exist in a life of isolation.
Integrity has no need of rules.
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.
People who glibly talk about “hate crimes” ignore both the past and the implications for the future in what they are advocating. It took centuries of struggle and people putting their lives on the line to get rid of the idea that a crime against “A” should be treated differently than the same crime committed against “B.” After much sacrifice and bloodshed, the principle finally prevailed that killing a peasant deserved the same punishment as killing a baron. Now the “hate crime” advocates want to undo all that and take us back to the days when punishment did not fit the crime, but varied with who the crime was committed against.
What you are thunders so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
There is nothing that war has ever achieved we could not better achieve without it.
Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. If you don’t have all of those zillions of tiny successes, the big ones don’t mean anything.
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough
to take everything you have.
Some things have to be believed to be seen.
Peace begins with a smile.
The only reward of virtue is virtue.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
I’ll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while. We must all pass through the garden of Gethsemane. If Christ played with doubt, so must we. If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if he burst out from the Cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.
Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.
Work is the basis of living. I’ll never retire. A man’ll rust out quicker than he’ll wear out.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
We make ourselves rich by making our wants few.
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don’t walk beside me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
In the small matters trust the mind, in the large ones trust the heart.
Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing instruction for all, and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.
There is only one time that is important – NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time that we have any power.
We can do no great things; only small things with great love.
Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all thirty feet tall.
We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
When deeds speak, words are nothing.
A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.
The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.
The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.
Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.
No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment God will endow us with power.
The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums.
The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.
When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.
The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
If your religion does not change you, then you had better change your religion.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.
We must be vigilant in a world which has moved so far from that which is spiritual. It is essential that we reject anything that does not conform to our standards, refusing in the process to surrender that which we desire most: eternal life in the kingdom of God. The storms will still beat at our doors from time to time, for they are an inescapable part of our existence in mortality. We, however, will be far better equipped to deal with them, to learn from them, and to overcome them if we have the gospel at our core and the love of the Savior in our hearts.
The greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself.
Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.
Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it.
I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white
sails to the morning breeze and starts
for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come
to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says;
“There, she is gone!”
Gone from my sight. That is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull
and spar as she was when she left my side
and she is just as able to bear her
load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone
at my side says, “There, she is gone!”
There are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad
“Here she comes!”
And that is dying.
If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.
[T]he earlier you can give your whole heart to covenant-making, the greater can be your
expectations of the Lord’s blessings.
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.
A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of a friendship, all the enjoyments of sense and reason, and indeed, all the sweets of life.
Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
All ye that weep, come unto One who weeps;
All ye who suffer, come unto One who cures;
All trembling hearts be still; He pity keeps;
All passers-by, oh, tarry; He endures!
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
Well done is better than well said.
Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.
The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
The man who so walks in the light and wisdom and power of God, will at the last, by the very force of association, make the light and wisdom and power of God his own—weaving those bright rays into a chain divine, linking himself forever to God and God to him. This [is] the sum of Messiah’s mystic words, ‘Thou, Father, in me, and I in thee’—beyond this human greatness cannot achieve.
I am not ashamed to say that I want to be good. I’ve found in my life that it has been critically important that this was established between me and the Lord so that I knew He knew which way I committed my agency . . . . I went before Him and said, “I’m not neutral, and you can do with me what you want . . . I don’t care what you do with me, and you don’t have to take anything away from me, because I give it to you, everything, all that I own, all that I am.” And that has made the difference.
Growth is the only evidence of life.
I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.
I walked a mile with Sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me.
Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
[W]hen men say unto us, “you are not like us,” we reply, “we know it; we do not want to be.” We want to be like the Lord, we want to secure His favor and approbation and to live under His smile, and to acknowledge, as ancient Israel did on a certain occasion, “The Lord is our God, our judge, and our king, and He shall reign over us.”
Pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
[A] genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
On some positions a coward has asked the question is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question is it right? And there come a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.
You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.
It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. While such an economy may produce a sense of seeming prosperity for the moment, it rests on an illusionary foundation of complete unreliability and renders among our political leaders almost a greater fear of peace than is their fear of war.
Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel.
Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist.
We cannot do great deeds unless we are willing to do the small things that make up the sum of greatness.
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
Have you ever heard people say ‘don’t sweat the details’? Well, they’re wrong: sweat the details. They have a name for people who sweat the details: millionaires.
The best way to inspire people to superior performance is to convince them by everything you do and by your everyday attitude that you are wholeheartedly supporting them.
Love the giver more than the gift.
Of course the people don’t want war…that is understood. But voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
The Declaration of Independence dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man.
Risk it. Go for it. Life always gives you another chance, another go at it. It’s very important to take enormous risks.
When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.