A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude or the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security.
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
None of us are responsible for all the things that happen to us, but we are responsible for the way we act when they do happen.
It doesn’t do any good to sit up and take notice if you keep on sitting.
Education is not received. It is achieved.
The shortest answer is the doing the thing.
Early civilizations complained about still earlier ones, much as we do about both
If you don’t like your own character there may be a new one ready-made and waiting for you. The snake sheds its skin with impunity, relying on the same nature which you rely on.
The test of any man’s character is how he takes praise.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted
You can’t truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character.
Cheerfulness greases the axles of the world.
Our children seem to have wonderful taste, or none – depending, of course, on whether or not they agree with us.
Successful leaders have the courage to take action where others hesitate.
Nine out of ten people who change their minds are wrong the second time too.
No poet sings because he must sing. At least no great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing
A handful of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.
The biggest shortage of all is the shortage of common sense.
You know how you hate to be interrupted, so why are you always doing it to me.
The bigger a man’s head gets, the easier it is to fill his shoes.
One should be more concerned about what his conscience whispers than about what other people shout.
A conscience is like a baby. It has to go to sleep before you can.
Results are what you expect, and consequences are what you get.
When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquest of it.
There is one way to handle the ignorant and malicious critic. Ignore him.
It is usually best to be generous with praise, but cautious with criticism.
Don’t mind criticism. If it is untrue, disregard it; if unfair, keep from irritation; if it is ignorant, smile; if it is justified it is not criticism, learn from it.
Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.
It is strange that we do not temper our resentment of criticism with a thought for our many faults which have escaped us.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging the future but by the past.