To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
—Igor Stravinsky (Russian-born American Composer)
An aspiration is a joy forever, a possession as solid as a landed estate, a fortune which we can never exhaust and which gives us year by year a revenue of pleasurable activity.
—Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Novelist)
Don’t be afraid to stumble. Any inventor will tell you that you don’t follow a plan far before you strike a snag. If, out of 100 ideas you get one that works, it’s enough.
—Charles F. Kettering (American Inventor)
In reality, we are still children. We want to find a playmate for our thoughts and feelings.
—Wilhelm Stekel (Austrian Physician)
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because as has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.
—Winston Churchill (British Head of State)
The morning, pouring everywhere, its golden glory on the air.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (American Poet)
It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
—Ronald Reagan (American Head of State)
To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
—William Ralph Inge (English Anglican Clergyman)
Youth is wasted on the young.
—George Bernard Shaw (Irish Playwright)
Who put up that cage? Who hung it up with bars, doors? Why do those on the inside want to get out? Why do those outside want to get in? What is this crying inside and out all the time? What is this endless, useless beating of baffled wings at these bars, doors, this cage?
—Carl Sandburg (American Children’s Books Writer)
Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
—Theodore Roosevelt (American Head of State)
I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.
—Zig Ziglar (American Author)
All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
—John F. Kennedy (American Head of State)
Life is a great bundle of little things.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (American Physician)
I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.
—Lucille Ball (American Actor)
An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.
—Andy Warhol (American Painter)
People have many different kinds of pleasure. The real one is that for which they will forsake the others.
—Marcel Proust (French Novelist)