"The real contest is always between what you've done and what you're capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else."
"Most of my major disappointments have turned out to be blessings in disguise. So whenever anything bad does happen to me, I kind of sit back and feel, well, if I give this enough time, it'll turn out that this was good, so I shouldn't worry about it too much."
"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do."
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."
"You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind."
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."
"Think of the poorest person you have ever seen and ask if your next act will be of any use to him."
"God has no religion."
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world."
"Everything we do is futile, but we must do it anyway."
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
"God never occurs to you in person but always in action."
"My life is my message."
"Non-violence is the article of faith."
"Truth is something you stumble into when you think you are going someplace else."
"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
John W. Gardner
"All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose."
"In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people."
"Fear grows out of the things we think; it lives in our minds. Compassion grows out of the things we are, and lives in our hearts."
"Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?"
"Shadow owes its birth to light."
Christian Furchtegott Gellert
"Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying."
"The sacred place is not remote; no special roads lead to it. If one proceeds where a guide has pointed, he will find only a slippery, moss-covered bridge."
"My time is today."
"In the midst of nothingness, there is a road that goes directly to my true home."
"For the raindrop, joy is in entering the river."
"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."
"Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
"The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply."
"The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness; and knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream."
"To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to."
"A root is a flower that disdains fame."
"Forget not that the earth likes to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
"I discovered the secret of the sea in meditation upon the dewdrop."
"Sayings remain meaningless until they are embodied in habits."
"Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it."
"One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
"Seize from the moment its unique novelty, and do not prepare your joys."
"You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need."
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
"Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now."
"The fishing is far more important than the fish."
"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts."
"Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace."
"If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive."
"He who controls his mind and has cut off desire and anger realizes the Self."
Arnold H. Glasgow
"Expecting something for nothing is the most popular form of hope."
Catharina Elisabetha Goethe
"How many joys are crushed under foot because people look up at the sky and disregard what is at their feet?"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Know thyslf? If I knew myslf, I'd run away."
"The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources."
"Architecture is frozen music."
"It is better to do the most trifling thing in the world than to regard half an hour as a trifle."
"Every situation - nay, every moment - is of infinite worth for it is representative of a whole eternity."
"Only when we know little things do we know anything; doubt grows with knowledge."
"As long as you haven't experienced this: to die and so to grow, you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth."
"As soon as you trust yourself you will know how to live."
"For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is."
"The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection."
"Nothing is worth more than this day."
"How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to. And what is your duty? Whatever the day calls for."
"First thoughts have tremendous energy. It is the way the mind first flashes on something."
"Life is like nothing, because it is everything."
"No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."
"My life's work has been accomplished. I did all that I could."
"Nothing in life is more exciting and rewarding than the sudden flash of insight that leaves you a changed person - not only changed, but for the better."
John B. Gough
"If you want to succeed, you must make your own opportunities as you go."
Lama Anagarika Govinda
"The forces which move the cosmos are no different from those which move the human soul."
"Do one thing at a time and do that one thing as if your life depended upon it."
"If you are wise, live as you can; if you cannot, live as you would."
"I don't ever look back. I look forward."
"Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength."
"There is only one of you in the world, just one. And if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost."
Earl G. Graves
"We keep going back, stronger, not weaker, because we will not allow rejection to beat us down. It will only strengthen our resolve. To be successful there is no other way."
"Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don't like to do."
"Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so."
"When we are not sure, we are alive."
"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."
"Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe."
"You are lost the instant you know what the result will be."
"Not to know certain things is a great part of wisdom."
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."