Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self requires enlightenment.
Work like you don't need the money; dance like no one is watching; sing like no one is listening; love like you've never been hurt; and live every day as if it were your last.
It is better to be hated for what one is than loved for what one is not.
Those who say that it cannot be done should get out of the way of the person doing it.
Those who desire to give up Freedom in order to gain Security, will not have, nor do they deserve, either one
It is foolish to postpone enjoyment of your ordinary life until you are more successful, more secure, or more loved than you are today.
People will forget what you said. And people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Sympathy is never wasted except when you give it to yourself.
We must ever contradict ourselves, we must always welcome the opposite of our thought and scrutinize what worth this opposite may have . . . every day you must make war also against yourself.
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.
To escape criticism -- do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music
Better to be occassionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.
To succeed you've got to be great, first, or different.
Do not think of your faults; still less of others' faults; look for what is good and strong; and try to imitate it; your faults will drop off, like dead leaves when their time comes.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
If we discovered that we had only five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that they loved them.
When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny.
When we got organized as a country, we wrote a fairly radical constitution with a radical bill of rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans. When personal freedom is being abused, you have to move to limit it.
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
You see things and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were and say, "Why not?"
It's not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the do'er of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives, who spends himself in a worthy cause.
No one on their deathbed ever regretted not spending more time at the office.
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning....Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must certainly pay for all they get.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world...the master calls a butterfly.
What good can I do today?
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Don't let yesterday use up to much of today.
The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary.
To venture is to risk one's life. Not to venture is to lose one's life.
Each one of us is setting an example for some one else, and each one of us has a responsibility to shape the future as we wish it to be.
Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered with failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.
Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, kindness in giving creates love.
There are several good protections against temptations but the surest is cowardice.
Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
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