The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style
Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could
Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!
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.
When they say the sky's the limit to me that's really true
I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.
They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.
I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.
The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
I do not want to die rusting, I prefer to burn out.
The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.
My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically.