Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Harold R. McAlindon
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Your attitude determines your altitude.
Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.
An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
Perspective is in the quiet of a walk, the wisdom of a good book, or the harmony of your favorite music. I find it sometimes in the slow peace of fishing.
Ideals are like stars, you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.
Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability... . We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.
Years from now, when you talk about this, and you will, be kind.
Laura Reynolds, Tea And Sympathy (1956)
There are two kinds of failures. The man who will do nothing he is told, and the man who will do nothing else.
Forget about it.
Donnie Brasco, Donnie Brasco (1997)
Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
Fathers are like a lighthouse when there is fog his children can always depend on seeing the light.
The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.
Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.
If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.
You know when you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
When one door closes another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
The whole universe is only the self with variations, one tune made bearable by variations. Sometimes there are discords, but they only make the subsequent harmony more perfect. In this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true, this I have learnt after suffering all my life, all else is mere moonshine.
One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year.
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
In the space age the most important space is between the ears.
You will become as small as your controlling desire, as great as your dominant aspiration.
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
When a man finds no peace within himself, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
You affect your subconscious mind by verbal repetition.
W. Clement Stone
There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
There is no beauty but the beauty of action.
I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
Look, Daddy. Teacher says, Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.
Zuzu Bailey, It's Wonderful Life (1946)
Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one.
The greatest sin is to think yourself weak.
if one is unable to assert oneself, one is unable to participate in a genuine relationship.
To succeed, you need to take that gut feeling in what you believe and act on it with all of your heart.
Wealth is but dung, useful only when spread about.
Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.
At ten years old I actually thought that the reason I was getting glasses was that I couldn't tell what my parents looked like, because every time I asked my mother to buy me something she'd say, 'What do I look like - a bank ?'
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
The best way out is always through.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Inch by inch, it's a cinch.
Robert H. Schuller
Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with and through people.
Snakes ! Why did it have to be snakes ?
Indiana Jones, Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1987)
Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance, is a celebration of that miracle.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts
A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration
To err is human. To really screw up, you need a computer.
Paul R. Ehrlich
Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.
Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
William Makepeace Thackeray
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be.
The memory of my mother will always be a blessing to me.
For myself, I am an optimist -- it does not seem to be much use being anything else.
Whenever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of the effectiveness, happiness, and trust-based relationships.
Kid, the next time I say, Let's go someplace like Bolivia, let's go someplace like Bolivia.
Butch Cassidy, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
When our actions do not, our fears make us traitors.
Live with passion.
First, believe in the world - that there is meaning behind everything.
Love is the enchanted dawn of every heart.
Alphonse Marie De Lamartine
He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.
Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.
Positive attitudes come in unlimited quantities. Everybody can have one free !
Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other.
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Isaac Rubin
I never could have done without the habits of punctuality, order and diligence the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.
The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.
Tonight's weather forecast - dark, with continued darkness until morning.
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
Dean Wormer, National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Anyone can do something when they want to do it. Really successful people do things when they don't want to do it.
If I'd been a ranch, they would've named me the Bar Nothing.
Gilda, Gilda (1946)
In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.
The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is still willing to learn more.
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it , if you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward
The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them.
The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
Thomas S. Monson
Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
First get rid of the delusion "I am the body", and then only can we want real knowledge.
The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you cannot hold on a minute longer, never give up then for that is just the place and time the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
In order to grasp the reality, we must see the possibilities. In the present, a formulation of the possibilities is the area in which I gain uncertainty concerning what I decide, without a vision of the possibilities, I act blindly, only a knowledge of the possibilities enables me to know what I am actually doing.
The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.
One cannot think crooked and walk straight.
The royal road to a man's heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.
Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time
Marion Wright Edelman
Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.
You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage -- pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically -- to say 'no' to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside. The enemy of the 'best' is often the 'good. '
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness , it is generally the by- product of other activities.
Love is like a mustard seed, planted by god and watered by men.
Muda Saint Michael
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
If you employed study, thinking, and planning time daily, you could develop and use the power that can change the course of your destiny.
W. Clement Stone
The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.
Wealth is the product of man's ability to think.
Never react emotionally to criticism. Analyze yourself to determine whether it is justified. If it is, correct yourself. Otherwise, go on about your business.
Norman Vincent Peale
It is the level-headed man, the calm man, of good judgment and cool nerves, of great sympathy and love, who does good work and so does good to himself.