Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.
Orison Swett Marden
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.
A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial.
The latter part of a wise man's life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.
Natural wealth is limited and easily obtained; the wealth defined by vain fancies is always beyond .
The moral flabbiness born of the bitch-goddess Success, that - with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word success - is our national disease.
Sob, heavy world,
Sob as you spin,
Mantled in mist,
remote from the happy.
The Age of Anxiety
We need some imaginative stimulus, some impossible ideal such as may shape vague hope, and transform it into effective desire, to carry us year after year, without disgust, through the routine work which is so large a part of life.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
In the factory we make cosmetics; in the store we sell hpe.
Statistically, the probability of any of us being here is so small that you'd think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Every situation - nay, every moment - is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today.That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.
To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world sparkles with light.
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
A short saying often contains much wisdom.
Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.
1707 - 1754
Wise men appreciate all men, for they see the good in each and know how hard it is to make anything good.
Got no check books, got no banks.
Still I'd like to express my thanks--
I got the sun in the mornin'
and the moon at night.
Let us be thankful for the fools; but for them the rest of us could not succeed.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it - even if I have said it - unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower,
To hold infinity
in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.
Be not simply good; be good for something.
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are.
The highest prize of life, the crowning fortune of a man, is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius,power and magic in it.
Forget goals. Value the process.
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
He is his own best friend, and takes delight bin privacy; whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude.
For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice.
Study: concentration of the mind on whatever will ultimately put something in your pocket.
The successful people are the ones who can think up things for the rest of the world to keep buy at.
First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal - a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends - wisdom, money, materials and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
Gardens are not made by singing "Oh, how beautiful," and sitting in the shade.
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which she or he has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington