God ever works with those who work with will.
Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Heaven never helps the man who will not act.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Our ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion to the size of
the box which imprisons the roots.
Edward Bulwer Lytton
In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more
intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better
Philip Gilbert Hamilton
What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to
Hecato, Greek philosopher
We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no
such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
James Freeman Clarke
To conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to be vanquished
by one’s own nature is the worst and most ignoble defeat.
Everybody wants to be somebody;
nobody wants to grow.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The happiest life is that which constantly exercises and educates what
is best in us.
We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of
that which others have made of us.
Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and
dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
Heed the still small voice that so seldom leads us wrong, and never
Marquise du Deffand
Your real influence is measured by your treatment of yourself.
A. Bronson Alcott
Energy and persistence conquer all things.
If we all did the things we are capable of,
we would astound ourselves.
A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain
Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more,
talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be
Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult
lesson in the world.
Miguel de Cervantes
The best rules to form a young man are: to talk little, to hear much, to
reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one’s own
opinions, and value others that deserve it.
Sir William Temple
Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don’t think of
retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.
You must look into other people as well as at them.
A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and
he who plants kindness gathers love.
A man’s own good breeding is the best security against other people’s
The secret of many a man’s success in the world resides in his insight
into the moods of men and his tact in dealing with them.
J. G. Holland
To rejoice in another’s prosperity, is to give content to your own lot:
to mitigate another’s grief, is to alleviate or dispel your own.
Hear the meaning within the word.
Charity, good behavior, amiable speech, unselfishness — these by the
chief sage have been declared the elements of popularity.
Kind words are the music of the world.
F. W. Faber
We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our
Arguing with a fool proves there are two.
Doris M. Smith
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few;
and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence.
Look to be treated by others
as you have treated others.
Success in life, in anything,
depends upon the number of persons
that one can make himself agreeable to.
Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It
may be that you will not meet again in this life.
Jean Paul Richter
Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor
half of the evil they say of others.
J. Petit Senn
The more you say, the less people remember.
Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
The soul of conversation is sympathy.
It is always good to know, if only in passing, charming human beings.
It refreshes one like flowers and woods and clear brooks.
Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
William Ellery Channing
Learn to regard the souls around you as parts of some grand
instrument. It is for each of us to know the keys and stops, that we
may draw forth the harmonies that He sleeping in the silent octaves.
If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie,
laugh at it.
In many things it is not well to say, “Know thyself”; it is better to say,
The less people speak of their greatness,
the more we think of it.
He who sedulously attends, pointedly asks, calmly speaks, coolly
answers and ceases when he has no more to say is in possession of
some of the best requisites of man.
Johann Casper Lavater
Men are more mindful of wrongs than of benefits.
A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill requires only
our silence; which costs us nothing.
It requires less character to discover the faults of others than is does
to tolerate them.
J. Petit Senn
Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults.
Go back a little to leap further.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is
I failed my way to success.
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.