I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.
I have never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.
How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.
If then the prosperity of the commercial classes, will most certainly lead to accumulation of capital, and the encouragement of productive industry; these can by no means be so surely obtained as by a fall in the price of corn.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labour.
My parents recognized something in me that they encouraged instead of deflated, and I'll always be grateful to them for that.
It is in an artist's real interest to congratulate herself more often: not out of narcissism, but in her role as her own dear friend and advocate.
Our dependency makes slaves out of us, especially if this dependency is a dependency of our self-esteem. If you need encouragement, praise, pats on the back from everybody, then you make everybody your judge.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.
People will kill you over time, and how they'll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like 'be realistic.'
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