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.
Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
The happiest life is that which constantly exercises and educates what is best in us.
To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
All growth depends upon activity.
We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.
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.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.
All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.
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.
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.
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