Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
The experience gathered from books, though often valuable,is but the nature of learning whereas the experience gained from actual life is of the nature of wisdom.
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
The greatest power we have is the power of choice.
Destiny is not a passive agent that lies in the lap of the Gods, but is an active instrument that lies in your own hands to shape as you will.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.
Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.
How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in few!
Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
Be frank and explicit. That is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.