We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.
—Swami Vivekananda (Indian Hindu Mystic)
Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.
—Booker T. Washington (American Educator)
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass—it’s about learning how to dance in the rain
Time is a circus, always packing up and moving away.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of the nonessentials.
—Lin Yutang (Chinese Writer)
Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.
Throughout his life, a wise man engages in practice of all his useful, rarely used skills, many of them outside his discipline, as a sort of duty to his better self. If he reduces the number of skills he practices and, therefore, the number of skills he retains, he will naturally drift into error from man with a hammer tendency. … Skills of a very high order can be maintained only with daily practice.
There is in every woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
—Washington Irving (American Author)
It’s easy to say “no!” when there’s a deeper “yes!” burning inside.
—Stephen Covey (American Management Consultant)
To repeat what others have said, requires education, to challenge it, requires brains.
—Mary Pettibone Poole