If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
—Samuel Johnson (British Essayist)
It is not so important to know everything as to know the exact value of everything, to appreciate what we learn, and to arrange what we know.
Is no one inspired by our present picture of the universe? Our poets do not write about it; our artists do not try to portray this remarkable thing. The value of science remains unsung by singers: you are reduced to hearing not a song or poem, but an evening lecture about it. This is not yet a scientific age.
—Richard Feynman (American Physicist)
The less routine the more life.
—Amos Bronson Alcott (American Teacher)
I have found in life that if you want a miracle you first need to do whatever it is you can do—if that’s to plant, then plant; if it is to read, then read; if it is to change, then change; if it is to study, then study; if it is to work, then work; whatever you have to do. And then you will be well on your way of doing the labor that works miracles.
—Jim Rohn (American Entrepreneur)
The clew of our destiny, wander where we will, lies at the foot of the cradle.
—Jean Paul (German Novelist)
Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.
—Cicero (Roman Philosopher)
Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German Poet)