You must intensify and render continuous by repeatedly presenting with suggestive ideas and mental pictures of the feast of good things, and the flowing fountain, which awaits the successful achievement or attainment of the desires.
—Robert Collier (American Self-Help Author)
Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
—Marcel Proust (French Novelist)
To create is to resist, to resist is to create.
—Stephane Hessel (French Diplomat, Writer, Concentration Camp Surviv)
The gods even envy him whose senses, like horses well broken in by the driver, have been subdued, who is free from pride, and free from appetites.
—The Dhammapada (Buddhist Anthology of Verses)
For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation … Loving does not at first mean merging, surrendering, and uniting with another person—it is a high inducement for the individual to ripen … to become world in himself for the sake of another person; it is a great, demanding claim on him, something that chooses him and calls him to vast distances.
—Rainer Maria Rilke (Austrian Poet)
We shouldn’t be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.
—Noam Chomsky (American Linguist, Philosopher, Social Critic)
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
—Joseph Conrad (Polish-born British Novelist)
In solitude, where we are least alone.
—Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) (English Romantic Poet)
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crises, maintain their neutrality.
—Dante Alighieri (Italian Political leader)
Most of what matters in your life takes place in your absence.
—Salman Rushdie (Indian-born British Novelist)
My main life lesson from investing: self-interest is the most powerful force on earth, and can get people to embrace and defend almost anything.
—Jesse Lauriston Livermore (American Investor)
We’re all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!
—Tennessee Williams (American Playwright)
No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.
—William Osler (Canadian Physician)
Successful investing is about having people agree with you … later.
—James Grant (American Writer, Publisher)
We can tell how well we’ve lived by how much hope we’ve left behind.
—Bob Goff (American Philanthropist)