Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other, and thus makes him necessary to society.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (American Philosopher)
Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald (American Novelist)
We are judged by our actions, not our intentions. We may have a heart of gold, but so does a hardboiled egg.
When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is usually the reputation of the business that remains intact.
—Warren Buffett (American Investor)
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
—Agnes de Mille (American Dancer)
Mourning is not the index of true love. It reflects love of the object, of its shape only, but that is not love. True love is shown by the certainty that the object of love is in the Self and that it can never become non-existent.
—Ramana Maharshi (Indian Hindu Mystic)
Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.
—Bernard Meltzer (American Radio Personality)
The heart has its reasons, which Reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. It is the heart which feels God, and not Reason. This, then, is perfect faith: God felt in the heart.
—Blaise Pascal (French Catholic Mathematician)
Be silent, or speak something worth hearing.
Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
—Guillaume Apollinaire (Italian-born French Poet)