We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insolvuble problems.
The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business or in anything else, for that matter.
In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.
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Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Strength is life, weakness is death. Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, hatred is death.
In each man there is a priceless treasure that is in no other. Every man's foremost task is the actualization of his unique, unprecedented and never-recurring potentialities, and not the repetition of something that another, and be it even the greatest, has already achieved.
Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.
Nelson A. Rockefeller
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality in your own mind.
The gulf between god and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing god, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us.
In life you can never be too kind or too fair ; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.
The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally 'being lived'. They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates and society.
Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character.Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
The gem can not be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.
In addition to self-awareness, imagination, and conscience, it is the fourth human endowment -- independent will -- that really makes effective self-management possible. It is the ability to make decisions and choices and to act in accordance with them. It is the ability to act rather than to be acted upon, to proactively carry out the program we have developed through the other three endowments. Empowerment comes from learning how to use this great endowment in the decisions we make every day.
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be overcome first.
Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.
The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering - Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.
You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.
If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.
If you can dream it, you can do it.
Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, they is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.
Johann Gottfried Von Herder
In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.
Henry David Thoreau
Gort ! Klaatu barada nikto !
Helen Benson, The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Work and lovethese are the basics. Without them there is neurosis.
Love never claims, it ever gives.
Each person born into this world represents something new, something that never existed before, something original and unique.
Tonight's weather forecast - dark, with continued darkness until morning.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
We loved with a love that was more than love.
Edgar Allan Poe
Seeing yourself as you want to be is the key to personal growth.
You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
You complete me.
Jerry Maguire, Jerry Maguire (1996)
People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Only in relationship can you know yourself, not in abstraction and certainly not in isolation. The movement of behavior is the sure guide to yourself. It's the mirror of your consciousness, this mirror will reveal its content, the images, the attachments, the fears, the loneliness, the joy and sorrow. Poverty lies in running away from this, either in its sublimations or its identities.
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This is a great fact : strength is life, weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal , weakness is constant strain and misery, weakness is death.
Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
Let not a man guard his dignity, but let his dignity guard him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A good general not only sees the way to victory , he also knows when victory is impossible.
Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.
I have learned not to worry about love, but to honor it's coming with all my heart.
To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
Theodore H. White
Somebody stop me !
Stanley Ipkiss, The Mask (1994)
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy : true fulfillment.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Henry David Thoreau
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
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
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.
I believe that it is better to learn from the diverse people around us than to try in vain to emulate them, better to be a teacher than a role model. As strong as my legs are, it is my mind that has made me a champion.
You can not do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy.
Josey Wales, The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.
General Omar Bradley
Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
Wealth is but dung, useful only when spread about.
In the eyes of a lover pockmarks are dimples.
I love thee, I love but thee with a love that shall not die till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.
If you would create something, you must be something.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Seldom does an individual exceed his own expectations.
Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it.
Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.
Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged , practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.
First say to yourself what you would be , and then do what you have to do.
Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.
Say hello to my little friend !
Tony Montana, Scarface (1983)
If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
No wire hangers, ever !
Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest (1981)
Whatever we leave to God, God does and blesses us.
Henry David Thoreau
Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.
Everything that is good from others, bring it in, and in your own way absorb it, do not become others.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In order to be walked on, you have to be lying down.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.
It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.
Henry David Thoreau
We are stripped of every attribute of freedom and eligibility for legal self defence. Our property may be plundered before our eyes, violence may be committed on our persons, even our lives may be taken away, and there is none to regard our complaints. We are denationalized; we are disfranchised.
Chief John Ross
If this is a blessing, it is certainly very well disguised.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Accept the past for what it was. Acknowledge the present for what it is. Anticipate the future for what it can become.
Tracy L. McNair
And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death.
Paul, All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon- instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
It is not the job of the general to be winning. It is his job to win.
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
To solve a problem or to reach a goal, you don't need to know all the answers in advance. But you must have a clear idea of the problem or the goal you want to reach.
W. Clement Stone
The past does not equal the future.
Learning is definitely not mere imitation or the ability to accumulate and conform to fixed knowledge. Learning is a constant process of discovery and never a concluding one. In JKD we begin not by accumulation but by discovering the cause of our ignorance, and oftentimes this involves a shedding process. Truth will not come until we have come to understand personally the whole process of the working of our being. After all, ultimately, knowledge in martial art simply means self-knowledge, and JKD can become intelligible only in the vigorous and constant process of self-inquiry and self-discovery.
People with goals succeed because they know where they're going.
Every truth has four corners, as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.
In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.