The various religions are like different roads converging on the same point. What difference does it make if we follow different routes, provided we arrive at the same destination.
If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself.
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself – and be lenient to everybody else.
Henry Ward Beecher
No pleasure philosophy, no sensuality, no place nor power, no material success can for a moment give such inner satisfaction as the sense of living for good purposes, for maintenance of integrity, for the preservation of self-approval.
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish historian and essayist
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is a good thing to be rich, it is a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends.
The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.
George Santayana, “The Life of Reason: Reason in Society”, 1906
I believe that one of the characteristics of the human race – possibly the one that is primarily responsible for its course of evolution – is that it has grown by creatively responding to failure.
It teaches the strong to know when they are weak and the brave to face themselves when they are afraid. To be proud and unbowed in defeat yet humble and gentle in victory. And to master ourselves before we attempt to master others. And to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep. And to give the predominance of courage over timidity.
General Douglas MacArthur, on the virtues of competitive athletics.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.
A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught!
Thomas A. Kempis
The direst foe of courage is the fear itself, not the object of it, and the man who can overcome his own terror is a hero and more.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you 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 the end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men to win them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing.
John Stuart Mill
Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
I searched through rebellion, drugs, diets, mysticism, religions, intellectualism and much more, only to begin to find that truth is basically simple – and feels good, clean and right.
Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
The greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fall.
He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.
There are many ways to measure success; not the least of which is the way your child describes you when talking to a friend.
There is no sensual pleasure in the world comparable to the delight and satisfaction that a good man takes in doing good.
Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady.
Thomas H. Huxley
There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.
Seek respect mainly from thyself, for it comes first from within.-
Steven H. Coogler
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Sir Winston Churchill
Nature does not bestow virtue; to be good is an art.
Man has no nobler function than to defend the truth.
Progress in every age results only from the fact that there are some men and women who refuse to believe that what they know to be right cannot be done.
Russell W. Davenport
No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.
Happy is he who dares courageously to defend what he loves.
Remember that if the opportunities for great deeds should never come, the opportunities for good deeds are renewed day by day. The thing for us to long for is the goodness, not the glory.
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.
Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.
James Freeman Clarke
To know a truth well, one must have fought it out.
Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process.
Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.
Sir Winston Churchill
Lead your life so you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities.
Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.
Children need models rather than critics.
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw
I don’t like work… but I like what is in work — the chance to find yourself. Your own reality — for yourself, not for others — which no other man can ever know.
Life’s about friendships, the way you love your partner, the way you care for your children. That is what life is about. Not anything about earning a hundred zillion dollars because you toured America more than anyone else. I want life to be about creativity.
Joe Strummer, former lead singer for the Clash rock band.
Education is not the taming or domestication of the soul’s raw passions — not suppressing them or excising them, which would deprive the soul of its energy — but forming and informing them as art.
Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another.
Charles Caleb Colton
The abundant life does not come to those who have had a lot of obstacles removed from their path by others. It develops from within and is rooted in strong mental and moral fiber.
William Mather Lewis
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate accomplishments.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved
William Jennings Bryan
To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
Mystical explanations are thought to be deep; the truth is that they are not even shallow.
The most damaging people in the world are those that say it’s a good idea when they don’t mean it.
When good men die their goodness does not perish, but lives though they are gone.
Euripides (from the play Temenidae)
I know you can’t live on hope alone but without it life is not worth living.
What do you get when you cross a Jehovah’s Witness with a Unitarian… someone who comes and knocks on your door for no apparent reason.