It has been a thousand times observed, and I must observe it once more, that the hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition.
A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi
A man’s memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.
The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have.
Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
The search for truth is more precious than its possession.
Absence of occupation is not rest; a mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.
The hallmark of courage in our age of conformity is the capacity to stand on one’s convictions not obstinately or defiantly (these are gestures of defensiveness, not courage) nor as a gesture of retaliation, but simply because these are what one believes.
Your readiest desire is your path to joy even if it destroys you.
In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.
—Edward de Bono
There are two modes of establishing our reputation—to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
—Charles Caleb Colton
I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste.
When you can’t have anything else, you can have virtue.
Right is its own defense.
It is a truth but too well known, that rashness attends youth, as prudence does old age.