You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
—Mark Twain (American Humorist)
Grains collected by ants, honey accumulated by bees, and wealth collected by a greedy miser, all perish along with the source.
We often rebel against the strenuousness and chaos of our time. But historically it has always been in such time that man won his great inner victories.
It is not good enough for things to be planned – they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.
—Vilayat Inayat Khan (British Sufi Mystic)
I don’t want any yes-men” around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.”
—Samuel Goldwyn (Polish-born American Film Producer)
Self-esteem must be earned! When you dare to dream, dare to follow that dream, dare to suffer through the pain, sacrifice, self-doubts, and friction from the world, you will genuinely impress yourself.
—Laura Schlessinger (American Children’s Books Writer)
No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.
—Isaac Newton (English Physicist)
Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough.
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox (American Poet)
All created beings are unmanifest in their beginning, manifest in their interim state, and unmanifest again when they are annihilated. So what need is there for lamentation?
—The Bhagavad Gita (Hindu Scripture)
I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.