Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference.
Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls aren't there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show us how badly we want things.
Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
Today everything exists to end in a photograph.
The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
We accept the love we think we deserve.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.
It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.
We can say that Maud'Dib learned rapidly because his first training was in how to learn. And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.
Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Life is like a library owned by the author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.
Silence does not always mark wisdom.
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
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