The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Every moment is a fresh beginning.
Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge (30th US president, 1872-1933)
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it wont taste good.
If opportunity does not knock, build a door.
The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
Peter de Vries
You don’t measure love in time. You measure love in transformation. Sometimes the longest connections yield very little growth, while the briefest encounters change everything. The heart doesn’t wear a watch – it is timeless. It doesn’t care how long you know someone. It doesn’t care if you had a 40 year anniversary if there is no juice in the connection. What the heart cares about is resonance. Resonance that opens it, resonance that enlivens it, resonance that calls it home. And when it finds it, the transformation begins.
Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.
True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.
Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the customer gets out of it.
Peter F. Drucker
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
It was the deep knowledge — and pray God we have not lost it — that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
Ronald Reagan, 40th anniversary of D-day
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is and the future less resolved than it will be.
Obscurity and a competence – that is the life that is best worth living.
Persistence can change failure into an extraordinary achievement.
I’ve learnt that something constructive comes from every defeat.
“Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn’t disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole of itself into the each moment. We don’t value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life’s bounty is in its flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it’s been sung? The dance when it’s been danced? It’s only we humans who want to own the future, too. We persuade ourselves that the universe is modestly employed in unfolding our destination. We note the haphazard chaos of history by the day, by the hour, but there is something wrong with the picture. Where is the unity, the meaning, of nature’s highest creation? Surely those millions of little streams of accident and wilfulness have their correction in the vast underground river which, without a doubt, is carrying us to the place where we’re expected! But there is no such place, that’s why it’s called utopia. The death of a child has no more meaning than the death of armies, of nations. Was the child happy while he lived? That is a proper question, the only question. If we can’t arrange our own happiness, it’s a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us.”
Tom Stoppard, The Coast of Utopia
“It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair. The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together. However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means “ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue,” and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase “root beer float” without bursting into tears. It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.”
Lemony Snicket, The End
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.
It is so hard to forget pain, but it is even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.
No one should ever ask themselves that: Why am I unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy every thing. If we ask the question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy.
One is happy as a result of one’s efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.
Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called, ‘All things that could go wrong’.
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and better is best.
Dont watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Be true to your work, your word and your friend.
Henry David Thoreau
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed till it is faced.
Everyday do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
I’d rather regret the things that I have done than the things I have not done.
If you want to shine like the sun, first you have to burn like it.
It may look as if the situation is creating suffering, but ultimately this is not so – your resistance is.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
“There is only one duty, one safe course, and that is to try to be right.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.