Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.
—Arthur Ashe (American Sportsperson)
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
—Walter Lippmann (American Journalist)
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
—Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)
Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have already paid the price.
—Elie Wiesel (Romanian-born American Writer)
The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.
—David Starr Jordan (American Zoologist)
I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead.
—Jimmy Buffett (American Children’s Books Writer)
Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (American Philosopher)
Know that a word suddenly shot from the tongue is like an arrow shot from the bow. Son, that arrow won’t turn back on its way; you must damn the torrent at its source.
—Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (Persian Muslim Mystic)
There is only one real failure possible; and that is, not to be true to the best one knows.
—Frederic William Farrar (British Theological Writer)
One of these days is none of these days.
This above all—to thine own self be true; And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
—William Shakespeare (British Playwright)
Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.
—A. W. Tozer (American Christian Pastor)
Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature’s monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons, no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere.
—Guillaume Apollinaire (Italian-born French Poet)
Imagination arises in between our eyebrows, not from the intellect.
The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld