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.
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.
We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.
Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
All growth depends upon activity.
You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.
In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.
Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.
Do not go through life; grow through life.
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.
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.
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.
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
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.
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.
Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world
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