There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.
—Sean Connery (Scottish Actor)
The hardest trial of the heart is, whether it can bear a rival’s failure without triumph.
—John Aikin (British Educator)
Base-minded they that lack intelligence; for God himself for wisdom most is praised, and men to God thereby are highest raised.
—Edmund Spenser (English Poet)
History is neither more nor less than biography on a large scale.
—Alphonse de Lamartine (French Poet, Politician, Historian)
There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.
—Sheryl Sandberg (American Executive, Author)
He never is alone that is accompanied with noble thoughts.
—John Fletcher (English Dramatist)
Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
—Anne Frank (German Holocaust Victim)
Most footprints on the sands of time were made with work shoes.
—Caroline Schoeder (American Aphorist)
The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting with an old one.
—Oliver Goldsmith (Anglo-Irish Novelist, Poet)
Affectation hides three times as many virtues as charity does sins.
—Horace Mann (American Educator)
We usually meet all of our relatives only at funerals where somebody always observes: “Too bad we can’t get together more often.”
—Bernard Berenson (American Art Critic)
Carry on any enterprise as if all future success depended on it.
—Cardinal Richelieu (French Cardinal, Statemesan)
To be an ideal guest, stay at home.
—E. W. Howe (American Novelist)
A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech.
—Plutarch (Greek Biographer)
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
—Nelson Mandela (South African Political leader)
Too many cousins ruin the shopkeeper.