Great people aren’t those who are happy at times of convenience and content, but of how they are in times of catastrophe and controversy.
—Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Civil Rights Leader)
The rewards of great living are not external things, withheld until the crowning hour of success arrives; they come by the way, — in the consciousness of growing power and worth, of duties nobly met, and work thoroughly done. To the true artist, working always in humility and sincerity, all life is a reward, and every day brings a deeper satisfaction. Joy and peace are by the way.
—Hamilton Wright Mabie (American Essayist, Editor)
He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more; He who loses faith, loses all.
—Eleanor Roosevelt (American Humanitarian)
Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you somebody who has never achieved much.
—Joan Collins (English Actress)
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.
—Mother Teresa (Roman Catholic Nun)
Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing. As individuals think and believe, so they are.
—Claude M. Bristol (American Self-Help Author)
Grab a chance and you won’t be sorry for a might have been.
—Arthur Ransome (English Novelist, Journalist)
There had been times when he knew, somewhere in him, that he would get used to it, whatever it was, because he had learnt that some hard things became softer after a very little while.
—Nick Hornby (English Author)
Thought expands, but paralyzes; action animates, but narrows.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German Poet)
The ground’s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground.
—Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (Persian Muslim Mystic)
Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.
—Janwillem van de Wetering (Dutch Crime Novelist)
Moments of kindness and reconciliation are worth having, even if the parting has to come sooner or later.
—Alice Munro (Canadian Writer)
There is safety in numbers.
Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything.
—Ernest J. Gaines (American Novelist, Short-Story Writer)