If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
—Abraham Lincoln (American Head of State)
We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life.
—Swami Vivekananda (Indian Hindu Mystic)
Contemplate thy powers, contemplate thy wants and thy connections; so shalt thou discover the duties of life, and be directed in all thy ways.
—Akhenaten (Egyptian Monarch)
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
—Walter Bagehot (English Businessperson)
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
Don’t carry a grudge. While you’re carrying the grudge the other guy’s out dancing.
—Buddy Hackett (American Comedian)
The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.
—Christopher Hitchens (Anglo-American Essayist, Social Critic)
Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (American Philosopher)
When something does not insist on being noticed, when we aren’t grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull by a presence or an event, we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
As the kindled fire consumes the fuel, so in the flame of wisdom the embers of action are burnt to ashes.
—The Bhagavad Gita (Hindu Scripture)
If we are to progress we must go forwards, not backwards. We can look backwards, we can learn from backwards, but we must not go backwards.