"The world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed."
"Where I was born and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest."
"A hole is nothing at all, but you can break your neck in it."
"I lay on the bowsprit, with the water foaming into spume under me, the masts with every sail white in the moonlight towering above me. I became drunk with the beauty and singing rhythm of it, and for a moment lost myself- actually lost my life. I was set free... dissolved in the sea, became white sails and flying spray, became beauty and rhythm and the high dim-starred sky... I belonged within a unity and joy to life itself."
Joyce Carol Oates
"It's where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we are."
"The firefly gives light to its pursuer."
"If there is any absolute, it is never more than this one, you, this instant, in this action."
"Make yourself indispensable, and you will move up. Act as though you are indispensable, and you will move out."
"The interesting thing is that there are so few important decisions. You don't have to go in the "right" direction. You don't have to enter the "right" business. What you have to do is have made a decision as to what you're going to do and then you just have to figure out how to succeed at it."
Sir William Osler
"Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought."
"When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or, you will be taught how to fly."
"All other creatures look down toward the earth, but man was given a face so that he might turn his eyes toward the stars and gaze upon the sky."
"Had I not sinned what would there be for you to pardon. My fate has given you the opportunity for mercy."
"Happy the man who can count his sufferings."
"Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish."
"The road to valor is built by adversity."
"All things change; nothing perishes."
"For death begins with life's first breath And life begins at touch of death."