That which we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (American Philosopher)
Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other—it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future are not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
—Charles Caleb Colton (English Angelic Priest)
And even if you were in some prison, the walls of which let none of the sounds of the world come to your senses – would you not then still have your childhood, that precious, kingly possession, that treasure-house of memories?
—Rainer Maria Rilke (Austrian Poet)
Anger is foremost enemy of humankind, which inherently resides within oneself only to destroy him, just like fire which is enkindled by a piece of wood ends up burning the piece.
I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.
I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation.
—Charles Evans Hughes (American Elected Rep)
It is easier to act yourself into a better way of feeling than to feel yourself into a better way of action.
—Orval Hobart Mowrer (American Psychologist)
Authors and lovers always suffer some infatuation, from which only absence can set them free.
—Samuel Johnson (British Essayist)
The world is satisfied with words, few care to dive beneath the surface.
—Blaise Pascal (French Catholic Mathematician)
Who makes quick use of the moment, is a genius of prudence.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater (Swiss Christian Poet)