As a toy fruit or a toy elephant reminds one of the real fruit and the living animal, so do the images that are worshipped remind one of the God who is formless and eternal.
—Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (Indian Hindu Philosopher)
Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals
—Albert Schweitzer (French Theologian)
The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world.
—Orison Swett Marden (American New Thought Writer)
How can I be useful. Of what service can I be. There is something inside me. What can it be?
—Vincent van Gogh (Dutch Painter)
One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
—Andre Gide (French Novelist)
As rain breaks through an ill-thatched house, passion will break through an unreflecting mind. As rain does not break through a well-thatched house, passion will not break through a well-reflecting mind.
—The Dhammapada (Buddhist Anthology of Verses)
I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, “No, I won’t do it, I won’t behave his way anymore. I’m lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving and then you do it.”
—Leo Buscaglia (American Motivational Speaker)
The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains.
—Marcel Proust (French Novelist)
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
—Thomas Edison (American Inventor)