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
It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
Imagination arises in between our eyebrows, not from the intellect.
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.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
—Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)
There is only one real failure possible; and that is, not to be true to the best one knows.
—Frederic William Farrar
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
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.
Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.
The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.
—David Starr Jordan
One of these days is none of these days.
I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead.
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
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
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.