Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.
—Voltaire (French Philosopher)
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
—Eleanor Roosevelt (American First Lady)
The emotions aren’t always immediately subject to reason, but they are always immediately subject to action.
—William James (American Philosopher)
What are numbers knit|By force or custom? Man who man would be,|Must rule the empire of himself; in it|Must be supreme, establishing his throne|On vanquished will, quelling the anarchy|Of hopes and fears, being himself alone.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley (English Poet)
Our minds are often permeated by memories of the past|or worries about the future. What gets missed is the present and|right there in the moment is the doorway into timelessness.
—Ram Dass (American Hindu Teacher)
We have to create strength where it did not exist before; we have to change our natures, and become new men with new hearts, to be born again.
—Sri Aurobindo (Indian Yogi, Nationalist)
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
—Andrew Carnegie (Scottish-American Industrialist, Philanthropist)
No two things differ more than hurry and dispatch. Hurry is the mark of a weak mind, dispatch of a strong one. A weak man in office, like a squirrel in a cage, is laboring eternally, but to no purpose, and is in constant motion without getting on a job; like a turnstile, he is in everybody’s way, but stops nobody; he talks a great deal, but says very little; looks into everything but sees nothing; and has a hundred irons in the fire, but very few of them are hot, and with those few that are, he only burns his fingers.
—Charles Caleb Colton (English Angelic Priest)
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
—Tony Robbins (American Actor Author)
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.
—Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Novelist)