All of the most successful human beings I've know were inwardly at war with themselves. Their turmoil was at least as great as our own, and sometimes greater. What distinguished these leaders was not some inner peace but rather how they had learned to organize their lives around a noble ambition and to focus on it.
Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
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Attitude is everything.
Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.
The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.
Love sees roses without thorns.
I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.
Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.
Friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship - never.
Charles Caleb Colton
Our limitations and success will be based most often on our own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.
If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment ; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.
Put off for one day and ten days will pass by.
Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win -- essential to success.
A gentle hand may lead even an elephant by a single hair.
If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
To err is human. To really screw up, you need a computer.
Paul R. Ehrlich
An Indian's dress of deer skins, which is wet a hundred times upon his back, dries soft; and his lodge also, which stands in the rains, and even through the severity of winter, is taken down as soft and as clean as when it was first put up.
Love doesn't make the world go'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
Franklin P. Jones
Strength is life, weakness is death. Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, hatred is death.
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.
Not many people know it, but the Fuhrer was a terrific dancer.
Franz Liebkind, The Producers Avco (1968)
Your level of brilliance will determine the size of your opportunities in life.
The battle is all over except the "shouting" when one knows what is wanted and has made up his mind to get it, whatever the price may be.
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are !
Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.
What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like a thunderbolt.
A fellow doesn't last long on what he has done. He has to keep on delivering.
Love is more than a feeling, it's a state of mind.
A strong person and a waterfall always channel their own path.
A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you have n't truly decided.
Work is love made manifest.
Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
Lou Gehrig, The Pride Of The Yankees (1942)
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
Resolve to be a master of change rather than a victim of change.
You don't use a hammer to tighten a screw.
An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.
You have the power to think what you want. No matter what the circumstance.
Whether or not we realize it each of us has within us the ability to set some kind of example for people. Knowing this would you rather be the one known for being the one who encouraged others, or the one who inadvertently discouraged those around you ?
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a persons determination.
Don't fall victim to your own melodrama. Keep things in perspective. The odds are that your problem is solvable. Address the solution and don't dwell on the problem to the point at which it paralyzes you.
Take a chance ! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Love as much as you can from wherever you are.
An army of lions commanded by a deer will never be an army of lions.
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.
A boy's best friend is his mother.
Norman Bates, Psycho (1960)
It's easier to remember when you are right than when the other person was right.
Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.
Kindness is always fashionable.
America E. Barr
Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them !
In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.
Everything is okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end.
Love works a different way in different minds, the fool it enlightens and the wise it blinds.
Someday when I grow up, finish school and get a job, I'll start living my life the way I want someday after the mortgage is paid off, the finances are on track and the kids are grown up, I'll drive that new car and take exciting trips abroad someday, now that I'm 9 about to retire, I'll buy that beautiful motor home and travel across this great country, and see all there is to see someday.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man , but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Go forward confidently, energetically attacking problems, expecting favorable outcomes.
Norman Vincent Peale
When I hear somebody sigh, Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what ?
Sydney J. Harris
There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.
We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Our furniture goes back to louis the fourteenth - unless of course we pay him before then.
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
Robert H. Goddard
Yesterday ended last night. Every day is a new beginning. Learn the skill of forgetting. And move on.
Norman Vincent Peale
I have seen him set fire to his wigwam and smooth over the graves of his fathers, clap his hand in silence over his mouth, and take the last look over his fair hunting ground, and turn his face in sadness to the setting sun.
Its obvious that we don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.
Come, let us make love deathless.
We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.
There are two primary choices in life, to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Opportunity does not knock ; it presents itself when you beat down the door. -
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
So many fail because they don't get started -- they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.
W. Clement Stone
Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, Where have I gone wrong ? Then a voice says to me, This is going to take more than one night.
Charles M. Shultz
The heart that loves is always young.
The beginning is the half of every action.
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease
Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
Robert F. Kennedy
It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
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.
Martin Luther King Jr.
What do they think I am, dumb or something ? Why, I make more money than Calvin Coolidge ! Put together !
Lina Lamont, Singin (1952)
Every shot you don't take is a guaranteed miss.
Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames.
Even when change is elective, it will disorient you. You may go through anxiety. You will miss aspects of your former life. It doesn't matter. The trick is to know in advance of making any big change that you're going to be thrown off your feet by it. So you prepare for this inevitable disorientation and steady yourself to get through it. Then you take the challenge, make the change, and achieve your dream.
If it is to be it is up to me.
is a choice to focus one's being in a certain way, to bring one's faith, commitment, creativity, and love into coordination with a particular value and purpose.
O, there is nothing holier, in this life of ours, than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It's hard to believe that you haven't had sex for two hundred years.
Luna Schlosser, Miles Monroe (1973)
I have loved to the point of madness, that which is called madness, that which to me, is the only sensible way to love.
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)
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
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
They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper themselves in contentment.