It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them 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 short again and again, who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions, who spends himself in 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 fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing, the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell'em, Certainly I can ! - and get busy and find out how to do it
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though chequered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory or defeat.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are !
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When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
The mind has exactly the same power as the hands, not merely to grasp the world, but to change it
Begin with the end in mind.
What you do speaks so loudly that I can not hear what you say.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No one became poor by giving alms.
Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.
Otomo No Yakamochi
When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.
We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.
Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.
Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.
Ricky Fitts, American Beauty (1999)
I wouldn't give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn't have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.
Jefferson Smith, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Love is my religion, I could die for it.
One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never !
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.
A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds, it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Who is the happiest of men ? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though'twere his own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Never giving up and pushing forward will unlock all the potential we are capable of.
When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
W. Clement Stone
It is quite possible to work without results, but never will there be results without work.
Misfortunes often sharpen the genius.
All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.
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.
But were we burthen'd with like weight of pain, As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.
It's always darkest before the dawn.
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.
Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it -- immediately.
A dream is a wish your heart makes.
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance each beautiful, unique and too soon gone.
You affect your subconscious mind by verbal repetition.
W. Clement Stone
Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. Accordingly, a 'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.
Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.
Dixon Steele, In A Lonely Place (1950)
Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that !
"Every achiever I have ever met says, 'My life turned around when I began to believe in me.'"
Mama says, Stupid is as stupid does.
Young Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump (1994)
There are no gains without pains.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, begin it now.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A gentle breeze blowing in the right direction is better than a pair of strong oars.
Canary Island Proverb
Practice makes perfect.
As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to god.
Leadership - The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.
Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.
You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.
The crocodile is only strong in the water.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
The secret to happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Whatever good things we build end up building us.
Inspiration and genius -- one and the same.
Only a fool knows everything. A wise man knows how little he knows.
Every time we open our mouths, men look into our minds.
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time, it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
The gem can not be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.
There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda and woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.
Never bring the problem solving stage into the decision making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution.
Robert H. Schuller
Why is it that we spend so much of our time preparing for when we can do what we want, instead of just doing what we want right now.
John P. Strelecky
You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace and not of war.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
Don't wait for a funeral to pay a compliment. You may not make it in time.
Security is a kind of death.
Commit yourself to a dream... Nobody who tries to do something great but fails is a total failure. Why ? Because he can always rest assured that he succeeded in life's most important battle -- he defeated the fear of trying.
Robert H. Schuller
Well done is better than well said.
Who travels for love finds a thousand miles not longer than one.
This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
Maxwell Scott, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
George S. Patton
The very use of the word savage, as it is applied in its general sense, I am inclined to believe is an abuse of the word, and the people to whom it is applied.
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Sydney J. Harris
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.
David O. McKay
I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
Things do not change we change.
Henry David Thoreau
The search for someone to blame is always successful.
Recognize that transition has a characteristic shape.
If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.
No one is more definite about the solution than the one who doesn't understand the problem.
Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all ?
Queen, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose -- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory.
Norman Vincent Peale
A life lived with integrity -- even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.
Who so loves believes the impossible.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Abilities wither under faultfinding, blossom with encouragement.
Donald A. Laird
Almost all of the world-class athletes and other peak performers are visualizers. They see it , they feel it, they experience it before they actually do it. They began with the end in mind. You can do it in every area of your life. Before performance, a sales presentation, a difficult confrontation, or the daily challenge of meeting a goal, see it clearly, vividly, relentlessly, over and over again. Create an internal "comfort zone''. Then, when you get into the situation, it isn't foreign. It doesn't scare you.
When you are afraid, do the thing you are afraid of and soon you will lose your fear of it.
Norman Vincent Peale
I don't know nothin 'bout birthin' babies.
Prissy, Gone With The Wind (1939)
I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.