I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune. And idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, donít you?
Yelling at living things does tend to kill the spirit in them. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts...
Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal power comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow.
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.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.
A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.
My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.
It's not whether you got knocked down; it's whether you get back up.
Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion'.
To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money.