If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.
—Michelangelo (Italian Painter)
With people with only modest ability, modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent, it is hypocrisy.
—Arthur Schopenhauer (German Philosopher)
Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.
—Jim Rohn (American Entrepreneur)
Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.
—Jean Paul (German Novelist)
If you’re finding that work, relationships, and life in general don’t make you feel energized and hopeful about the future, that’s a good indication that you’ve probably lost touch with your real self and could use some insight into the person you’ve become. The soul, like the body, accepts by practice whatever habit one wishes it to contact.
—Socrates (Anceient Greek Philosopher)
Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
—Epicurus (Ancient Greek Philosopher)
As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors.
—William James (American Philosopher)
The injuries we do, and those we suffer, are seldom weighed in the same scales.
—Aesop (Greek Fabulist)
All adverse and depressing influences can be overcome, not by fighting, but by rising above them.
—Charles Caleb Colton (English Angelic Priest)