Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Do not go through life; grow through life.
Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
All growth depends upon activity.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.
If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Be the change you want to see.
Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.
Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.
The happiest life is that which constantly exercises and educates what is best in us.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
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