Action makes more fortune than caution.
—Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues (French Moralist)
There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
—William Hazlitt (English Essayist)
There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
—Thomas Merton (French-born American Clergyman)
The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.
—Jim Rohn (American Entrepreneur)
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
—Indira Gandhi (Indian Head of State)
Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. The only time you don’t want to fail is the last time you try something … One fails forward toward success.
—Charles F. Kettering (American Inventor)
Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
—Aldous Huxley (English Humanist)
Our safety is not in blindness, but in facing our danger.
—Friedrich Schiller (German Poet)
Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
—Andre Gide (French Novelist)
In all the affairs of life, social as well as political, courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
—Khalil Gibran (Lebanese-born American Philosopher)
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
—George Herbert (Welsh Anglican Poet)
My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
—George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) (English Novelist)
Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.
—Jack Welch (American Businessperson)
There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
—George Santayana (Spanish Philosopher)
Suspicion is most often useless pain.
—Samuel Johnson (British Essayist)
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
—Nelson Mandela (South African Political leader)