There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.You seek problems because you need their gifts.
— Richard Bach
This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
— William Shakespeare
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.
Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.
Circumstances do not make the man; it reveals him to himself . . . The soul . . . attracts those combinations of conditions which reveal itself, which are the reflections of its own purity and impurity, its strength and weakness. Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
— James Allen
Until one is committed, there is hesitance, the chance to draw back. Always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elemental truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The best portion of a good man’s life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
— William Wordsworth
There are two good things in life–freedom of thought and freedom of action.
— W. Somerset Maugham
Courage is contagious.When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
— Billy Graham
When things are bad we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse.And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
— Malcolm S. Forbes
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
— George Bernard Shaw