My chief task has been to conquer fear. The public sees only the thrill of the accomplished trick; they have no conception of the tortuous preliminary self-training that was necessary to conquer fear… no one except myself can appreciate how I have to work at this job every single day, never letting up for a moment. I always have on my mind the thought that next year I must do something greater, something more wonderful.
— Harry Houdini
It’s a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.
— J. K. Rowling
The cause of most of man’s unhappiness is sacrificing what he wants most for what he wants now.
— Gordon B. Hinckley
The human heart in its perversity finds it hard to escape hatred and revenge.
— Moshe Chaim Luzzatto
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.
— Walt Whitman
A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.
— Chinese Proverb
The mill wheel turns, it turns forever, though what is uppermost remains not so.
— Bertolt Brecht
Those who are prepared to die for any cause are seldom defeated.
— Jawaharlal Nehru