John Quincy Adams
There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly.
Beauty, truth, friendship, love, creation – these are the great values of life. We can't prove them, or explain them, yet they are the most stable things in our lives.
Jesse Herman Holmes
It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier.
Thomas Robert Gaines
It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Everyone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.
If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
John F. Kennedy
The higher type of man clings to virtue, the lower type of man clings to material comfort. The higher type of man cherishes justice, the lower type of man cherishes the hope of favors to be received.
Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese Philosopher
The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilites waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.
Virtue means doing the right thing, in relation to the right person, at the right time, to the right extent, in the right manner, and for the right purpose. Thus, to give money away is quite a simple task, but for the act to be virtuous, the donor must give to the right person, for the right purpose, in the right amount, in the right manner, and at the right time.
For me it is sufficient to have a corner by my hearth, a book and a friend, and a nap undisturbed by creditors or grief.
Fernandez de Andrada
The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart.
Mencius (371-291 B.C.)
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost part of your life.
There is much satisfaction in work well done, but there can be no happiness equal to the joy of finding a heart that understands.
Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself.
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.
Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes and continually make a new man of himself.
Wang Yang-Ming (1472-1529) Chinese Philosopher
A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught!
Thomas A. Kempis
The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.
Baron de Coubertin, The Olympic Creed
I believe with all my heart that civilization has produced nothing finer than a man or woman who thinks and practices true tolerance.
It is a good thing to be rich, it is a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be beloved of many friends.
Euripides (480-406 BC) Greek Playwright
Don't bother about genius. Don't worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination.
Sir Frederick Treves (1853-1923) English Surgeon
The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.
The best portion of a good man's life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English poet
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Henry Ford (1863-1947) American Industrialist