Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward.
—The Bhagavad Gita (Hindu Scripture)
Man is more interesting than men. God made him and not them in his image. Each one is more precious than all.
—Andre Gide (French Novelist)
Men resist randomness, [stock] markets resist prophecy.
—Maggie Mahar (American Journalist, Author)
We pay attention with respect and interest, not in order to manipulate, but to understand what is true. And seeing what is true, the heart becomes free.
—Jack Kornfield (American Buddhist Teacher)
The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.
—Maria Montessori (Italian Physician, Educator)
When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.
—Robert Browning (English Poet)
It is not God that is worshipped but the group or authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity.
—Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (Indian Philosopher)
If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.
—Soichiro Honda (Japanese Inventor)
Greater the challenge, greater has been the achievements.
—Dhirubhai Ambani (Indian Businessperson)
All those who suffer in the world do so because of their desire for their own happiness. All those happy in the world are so because of their desire for the happiness of others.
—Shantideva (Indian Buddhist Scholar)
We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.
—Helen Keller (American Author)
Some people regret that they have poor memories. Alas! It is much more difficult to forget.
—Dorothee Luzy Dotinville (French Dancer, Actress)
An excuse is a lie guarded.
—Jonathan Swift (Irish Satirist)
The meaning of the living words that come out of the experiences of great hearts can never be exhausted by any one system of logical interpretation. They have to be endlessly explained by the commentaries of individual lives, and they gain an added mystery in each new revelation.
—Rabindranath Tagore (Indian Hindu Polymath)
There is room enough in human life to crowd almost every art and science in it. If we pass “no day without a line”—visit no place without the company of a book—we may with ease fill libraries, or empty them of their contents. The more we do, the more busy we are, the more leisure we have.
—William Hazlitt (English Essayist)
Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.
—Sophia Loren (Italian Actor)
When the creations of a genius collide with the mind of a layman, and produce an empty sound, there is little doubt as to which is at fault.
—Salvador Dali (Spanish Painter)
Work performed with higher knowledge or skill, capacity or ambition, usually brings a correspondingly higher reward.
—Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (Indian Engineer)