Living is being born slowly. It would be a little too easy if we could borrow ready-made souls.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupery (French Novelist, Aviator)
Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and the movements and changes in the world around him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, ‘This I am today; that I will be tomorrow.’ The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds.
Creativity means believing you have greatness.
—Wayne Dyer (American Motivational Writer)
A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude.—If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it.—But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself?—Miserable is he who slights that witness.
—Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) (Roman Philosopher)
The realist sees reality as concrete. The optimist sees reality as clay.
Everything is possible for him who believes.
—The Holy Bible (Scripture in the Christian Faith)
There is an ongoing battle between conscience and self-interest in which, at some point, we have to take sides.
Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.
—Norman Vincent Peale (American Clergyman, Self-Help Author)
Logic teaches rules for presentation, not thinking.
Be more aware of responsibility than you are of your rights.
Great crises produce great men and great deeds of courage.
—John F. Kennedy (American Head of State)
To love and be loved is the great happiness of existence.
—Sydney Smith (English Anglican Writer)
I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.
—Abraham Lincoln (American Head of State)