First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.
Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one.
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.
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.
It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.
My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
We all have possibilities we don't know about. We can do things we don't even dream we can do.
I work hard, and I do good, and I'm going to enjoy myself. I'm not going to let you restrict me.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble
Human dignity consists in the role we must play in our own perfection. Taking a role in our own self-completion is the highest expression of our creativity.
Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions
One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.
Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.