Be more willing to be impressed than eager to impress.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
—John Stuart Mill (English Philosopher, Economist)
I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.
—Abraham Lincoln (American Head of State)
Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of the pleasures; costs nothing and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and him who receives, and thus, like mercy, is twice blessed.
—Erastus Wiman (Canadian Journalist)
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
—H. G. Wells (British Novelist)
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
—Samuel Johnson (British Essayist)
The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one’s opportunities and make the most of one’s resources.
—Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues (French Moralist)
We are much harder on people who betray us in small ways than on people who betray others in great ones.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We each have all the time there is; our mental and moral status is determined by what we do with it.
In everything the middle course is best:
all things in excess bring trouble to men.
—Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus) (Roman Playwright)