In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves … self-discipline with all of them came first.
—Harry S. Truman (American Head of State)
When you rise in the morning, form a resolution to make the day a happy one for a fellow creature.
—Sydney Smith (English Anglican Writer)
Solitude has a healing consoler, friend, companion: it is work.
—Berthold Auerbach (German Jewish Poet)
What men call knowledge, is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances. Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees.
—Sri Aurobindo (Indian Yogi, Nationalist)
Character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you make that gradually turn who you are, at any given moment, into who you want to be.
—Jim Rohn (American Entrepreneur)
When life takes the wind out of your sails, it is to test you at the oars.
Show me a completely contented person and I’ll show you a failure.
—Thomas Edison (American Inventor)
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
—Denis Waitley (American Motivational Speaker)
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble.
—Charles Spurgeon (British Baptist Preacher)
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
—C. S. Lewis (Irish-born British Children’s Books Writer)
Whatever bad awaits, don’t let it spoil the present moment.
—Marty Nemko (American Career Coach, Author)
If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi (Indian Hindu Political leader)
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
—Albert Einstein (German-born Theoretical Physicist)
Money is always on its way somewhere. What you do with it while it is in your keeping and the direction you send it in say much about you. Your treatment of and respect for money, how you make it, and how you spend it, reflect your character.
—Gary Ryan Blair
Man’s mind stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (American Physician)
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
—Thomas Paine (American Nationalist)