Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them.
If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves
Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.
Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long they have departed.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my axe.
One of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of their great surprises, is to find they can do what they were afraid they couldn't do.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
The best of artists has no conception that the marble alone does not contain within itself.
It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying.
I believe in the Bible. I believe that all good things come from God. I don't believe I'd sing the way I do if God hadn't wanted me to.'
I don't believe people die from hard work. They die from stress and worry and fear -- the negative emotions. Those are the killers, not hard work. The fact is, in our society today, most people don't understand what hard work is all about.
Why, look at me. I've worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.
No one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.