Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
— Victor Hugo
Who sows virtue reaps honor.
— Leonardo da Vinci
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.
— Eddie Rickenbacker
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
— William S. Burroughs
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.
Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is. You’ll be afraid you can’t achieve it … It’s your excuse to yourself for Snot doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best.
— Laurence Olivier
Men, whose trade is rat-catching, love to catch rats; the bug destroyer seizes on his bug with delight; and the suppressor is gratified by finding his vice.
— Sydney Smith
Very few men are wise by their own counsel, or learned by their own teaching; for he that was only taught by himself had a fool as his master.
— Ben Jonson
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
— Hector Berlioz
Anything that consoles is fake.
— Iris Murdoch