No man needs sympathy because he has to work. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
—Theodore Roosevelt (American Head of State)
When you sing don’t worry about the sound you hear or you’ll miss the music you could make.
The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.
—Sun Tzu (Chinese Military Leader)
Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.
You can take the day off—but you can’t put it back on again.
Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
To be old and wise, you first have to be young and stupid.
The spirit of a person’s life is ever shedding some power, just as a flower is steadily bestowing fragrance upon the air.
—Thomas Starr King (American Unitarian Minister)
Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This conflict with difficulty makes us acquainted with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
—Edmund Burke (Irish Political leader)
All is for the best in the best of the possible worlds.
—Voltaire (French Philosopher)