A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.
Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
When a management team with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.
Do not talk about your greatness; you are really, in essential nature, no great than those around you.
Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts.
—Mortimer J. Adler
The virtuous man is driven by responsibility; the non-virtuous man is driven by profit.
Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.
—Henri Frederic Amiel
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Marriage! Nothing else demands so much from a man!
A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.
—Charles Evans Hughes
If you can tell me who your heroes are, I can tell you how you’re going to turn out in life.
In perpetrating a revolution, there are two requirements: someone or something to revolt against and someone to actually show up and do the revolting. Dress is usually casual and both parties may be flexible about time and place, but if either faction fails to attend, the whole enterprise is likely to come off badly.
The soul refuses limits and always affirms an optimism, never a pessimism.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.
The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself.
—Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
Thoughts come into our minds by avenues which we never left open, and thoughts go out of our minds through avenues which we never voluntarily opened.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson