Irrigators guide the water. Fletchers shape the arrow shaft. Carpenters shape the wood. The wise control themselves.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
Those who are formed to win general admiration are seldom calculated to bestow individual happiness.
—Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
It is much easier to ride a horse in the direction it’s going.
We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about ‘unthinkable things’ because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.
—J. William Fulbright
The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.
—E. E. Cummings
The things we fear most in organizations — fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances — are the primary sources of creativity.
—Margaret J. Wheatley
People universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes travel the around the world looking for it. … Once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
Let no man ever look for what is pleasant, or what is unpleasant. Not to see what is pleasant is pain, and it is pain to see what is unpleasant.
An insult is either sustained or destroyed, not by the disposition of those who insult, but by the disposition of those who bear it.