You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love
“I monitor my self-talk, making sure it is supportive and uplifting for myself and others.”
To have that sense of one’s intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything.
The true test of self-confidence is the courage to be open — to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source.
“Most of anyone’s life is a preoccupation with urgent inessentials. If we divide our affairs into what matters for a day or a season or the rest of our lives, it is the long-term fundamentals we give least time to, and put off till tomorrow’s tomorrow. We are more concerned with the pressing than the important, and the essentials are easily crowded out by the mere day-to-day business of living.”
Nan Fairbrother, The House in the Country
“Though still very far from being perfect girls, each was slowly learning, in her own way, one of the three lessons all are the better for knowing – that cheerfulness can change misfortune into love and friends; that in ordering one’s self aright one helps others to do the same; and that the power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”
Louisa May Alcott, Jack and Jill
One of the most important lessons I learned in business was that if all you’re getting from your team is a single point of view — usually your point of view — you’ve got to worry. You can get your own point of view for free.
He that is overcautious will accomplish little.
writer and historian
There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.
If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even the corrupt do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else?