A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
Give all to love; obey thy heart.
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness, - an open and noble temper. Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.
If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, tho' he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door. Insist on yourself; never imitate... Every great man is unique.
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."
Knowledge is an antidote to fear.
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Make yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to
make it happen.
Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow
Self-trust is the essence of heroism.
Self-trust is the first secret of success.
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.
The condition which high friendship demands is ability to do without it. The first wealth is health.
The hero is no braver than the ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
There is no way to success in our art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day.
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in our private heart is for all men - that is genius.
To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. We must be our own before we can be another's.
What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.
Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.
Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.