Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.
—Gustave Flaubert (French Novelist)
We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison.
—Marcel Proust (French Novelist)
If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt.
—Thomas Carlyle (Scottish Writer)
Our entire life consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.
Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.
—Thomas J. Watson (American Businessperson)
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
—Norman Cousins (American Journalist)