If, after all, men cannot always make history have meaning, they can always act so that their own lives have one.
Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.
In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title....Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark...
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come true.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
We find comfort among those who agree with us -- growth among those who don't.
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.
I love those who can.... Smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great an extent. In my passion for it I even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself.
Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?
As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.
A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.
Better only begins when you are first thankful for being.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all of our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.
There is no eye equal to wisdom, no darkness equal to ignorance, no power equal to the power of the spirit, and no terror equal to the poverty of consciousness.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.