Hope is the thing with feathers|That perches in the soul|And sings the tune without the words|And never stops at all,||And sweetest in the gale is heard;|And sore must be the storm|That could abash the little bird|That kept so many warm.||I’ve heard it in the chillest land|And on the strangest sea,|Yet never, in extremity,|It asked a crumb of me.
—Emily Dickinson (American Poet)
High station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
—Tennessee Williams (American Playwright)
The quality of our expectations determines the quality of our action.
—Jean-Baptiste Andre Godin
Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.
—Willis R. Whitney (American Chemist)
Each of us is given a pocketful of time to spend however we may. We use what we will. We waste what we will. But we can never get back a day.
If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.
—Lee Iacocca (American Businessperson)
A challenge gives you the opportunity to flex your spiritual muscles.
The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.
—Leo Buscaglia (American Motivational Speaker)
The life that is unexamined is not worth living.
—Plato (Ancient Greek Philosopher)
Working hours are never long enough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing vocation.
—Winston Churchill (British Head of State)