The driver knows how much the ox can carry, and keeps the ox from being overloaded. You know your way and your state of mind. Do not carry too much.
—Zen Proverb (Japanese School of Mahayana Buddhism)
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
—Margaret Thatcher (British Head of State)
You don’t have to think too hard when you talk to teachers.
—J. D. Salinger (American Novelist, Short-story Writer)
Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it.
—Alfred Hitchcock (British-born American Film Director)
Happiness…that’s something you can’t achieve by taking the easy way out. Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.
—Anne Frank (German Holocaust Victim)
No pleasure is intrinsically bad, but what causes pleasure is accompanied by many things that disturb pleasure.
—Epicurus (Greek Philosopher)
All men command patience, although few be willing to practice it.
—Thomas a Kempis (German Religious Writer)
Life is just a journey.
—Diana, Princess of Wales (English Royal)
Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage.
—William Lloyd Garrison (American Abolitionist)
No fear has any one of me; neither have I fear of any one: in my good-will to all I trust.
—The Jataka Tales (Genre of Buddhist Literature)
Don’t listen to those who say, “It’s not done that way.” Maybe it’s not, but maybe you will. Don’t listen to those who say, “You’re taking too big a chance.” Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most importantly, don’t listen when the little voice of fear inside of you rears its ugly head and says, “They’re all smarter than you out there. They’re more talented, they’re taller, blonder, prettier, luckier and have connections … ” I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respect.
—Neil Simon (American Playwright)