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.
Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
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 Elliot (Mary Anne Evans)
There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
Action makes more fortune than caution.
—Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues
Our safety is not in blindness, but in facing our danger.
There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
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
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.
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.
There are no rules for friendship. It must be left to itself. We cannot force it any more than love.
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.
Suspicion is most often useless pain.
Sin is whatever obscures the soul.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.