“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
“You know that feeling when you just have to go out and find someone new or the world will die on you?”
John Le Carre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” Robert Holden
“You don’t let go of an unhealthy relationship because you stop caring about them. You let go because you finally start caring about you.”
It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Familiar Studies of Men and Books (1882).
“It’s not about saying the right things. It’s about doing the right things.”
“We are a work in progress with a lifetime contract.”
“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894
“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.”
Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784
“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”
Charlotte Bronte, 1816-1855
“Anxiety and Ennui are the Scylla and Charybdis on which the bark of human happiness is most often wrecked.”
William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
monk and teacher
Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
People will always try to stop you doing the right thing if it is unconventional.
businessman, investor and philanthropist
“Confidence isn’t ‘They will like me.” It’s ‘I’m perfectly fine if they don’t.’ ”
“Such as are your habitual thoughts; such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.”
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh
“Your emotions are meant to fluctuate, just like your blood pressure is meant to fluctuate. It’s a system that’s supposed to move back and forth, between happy and unhappy. That’s how the system guides you through the world.”
“Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.”
Books have the power to have us feel empathy and have us experience the thrill of a journey of someone else.
“My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most profitable way.”
There is no education like adversity.
political leader and writer
All cruelty springs from weakness.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
writer and political activist
“Yet occasionally we discover in the folds of an old handkerchief a shell or insignificant stone that had once embodied our happiest of afternoons.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“Feelings come and go like clouds in the sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above it.
writer, historian and diplomat
“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
Francis Bacon, 1561-1626
“All know that the drop merges into the ocean but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.”
“He lives long that lives well; and time misspent is not lived but lost.”
Thomas Fuller, 1608-1661
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.
writer, lecturer and leadership consultant
“Even if it seems like it’s taking too long for what we want to arrive, it’s better to stay with the ache than abandon the desire.”
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
In all these years I’ve learned, I hope, “not to take what is not given.”
Brother David Steindl-Rast
When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.