You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and to impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
Every problem is a gift - without problems we would not grow.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?
Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
You shape your own destiny.
Life is entrusted to man as a treasure which must not be squandered, as a talent which must be used well.
A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success. The only alternative is overnight stardom, but I can't give you a formula for that.
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.
Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.
I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
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.
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.