Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable. Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something else, – very rarely to those who say to themselves, “Go to, now, let us be a celebrated individual!”
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (American Physician)
It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when to-morrow’s burden is added to the burden of to-day that the weight is more than a man can bear.
—George MacDonald (Scottish Christian Author)
Some individuals have developed such strong internal standards that they no longer need the opinion of others to judge whether they have performed a task well or not. The ability to give objective feedback to oneself is in fact the mark of the expert.
Persons with weight of character carry, like planets, their atmospheres along with them in their orbits.
—Thomas Hardy (English Novelist, Poet)
Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
—Henry James (American-born British Novelist)
Our own heart, and not other men’s opinion, forms our true honor.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge (English Poet)
There is a genius in every man and woman, waiting to be brought forth.
—Wallace Wattles (American New Thought Author)
What we do best or most perfectly is what we have most thoroughly learned by the longest practice, and at length it falls from us without our notice, as a leaf from a tree.
—Henry David Thoreau (American Philosopher)
Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.
—George C. Lorimer (American Baptist Clergyman)
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)
Truth is the safest lie.
The root of all difficulty and conflict lies in the mind; therefore, the solution to all difficulty and conflict lies in changing the mind.
—Kusan Sunim (Korean Buddhist Priest)
After all, our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.
—Honore de Balzac (French Novelist)