Diligence is the mother of good fortune. And idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
I am the captain of my soul.
Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.
Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.
However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.
Aim for the highest.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.
Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.
To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities -- always see them, for they're always there.
In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style