The most poignant quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate and learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man is what he thinks about all day long.
Beauty without expression is boring.
Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Hitch your wagon to a star.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
A fly is as untamable as a hyena.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine, and so much in retrospect, that the amount of each person's genius is confined to a very few hours.
The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.
Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour.
A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatest of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.
We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. The reward of a thing well done is having done it.
Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.
No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Hitch your wagon to a star
All sensible people are selfish, and nature is tugging at every contract to make the terms of it fair.
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds. In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both.
All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.
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