It’s too easy to criticize a man when he’s out of favor, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else’s mistakes.
I read my own books sometimes to cheer me when it is hard to write and then I remember that it was always difficult and how nearly impossible it was sometimes.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
It’s not the increasing competition; it’s going back to real work that most of us complain about.
Health is a precious thing, and the only one, in truth, meriting that a man should lay out not only his time, sweat, labor and goods, but also life itself to obtain it.
—Michel de Montaigne
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.
So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.
—Marian Wright Edelman
What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one’s faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one’s memories.
—W. Somerset Maugham
Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.
—E. W. Howe
The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.
Whenever a man’s friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.
—Neal A. Maxwell
The height of human wisdom is to bring our tempers down to our circumstances, and to make a calm within, under the weight of the greatest storm without.
Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld
He who gives way to his wrath makes desolate his house.
We may convince others by our arguments, but we can only persuade them by their own.
In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.