way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to
be what you desire to appear. - Socrates
fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the
cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as
well as we can.
only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated
refusal of that which others have made of us.
searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought
to be the primary study of man.
only journey is the journey within.
Rainer Maria Rilke
is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is
not possible to find it elsewhere.
thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what
you know, and what you can do.
know thyself: in great concerns or small,
Be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all.
soon the faults of others learn
A few their virtues, too, find out;
But is there one—I have a doubt—
Who can his own defects discern?
as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.
we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us
no shade when we are old.
business in life is not to get ahead of other people,
but to get ahead of ourselves.
Maltbie D. Matlock
you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead
of idling it away?
your honest convictions, and stay strong.
the sculptor devotes himself to wood and stone, I would
devote myself to my soul.
who conquers others is strong;
He who conquers himself is mighty.
most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.
looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes.
that will not reflect is a ruined man.
day do something that will inch you closer to a better
not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing
ever works with those who work with will.
on yourself. Never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
never helps the man who will not act.
yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
ideas, like orange-plants, spread out in proportion
to the size of the box which imprisons the roots.
Edward Bulwer Lytton
are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
not think of your faults, still less of other's faults;
look for what is good and strong and try to imitate
it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when
their time comes.
learning to know other things, and other minds, we become
more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to
ourselves better worth knowing.
Philip Gilbert Hamilton
where we go, and what we do when we get there, that
tells us who we are.
Joyce Carol Oates
progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a
friend to myself.
Hecato, Greek philosopher
is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who cannot
are either progressing or retrograding all the while;
there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this
James Freeman Clarke
conquer oneself is the best and noblest victory; to
be vanquished by one's own nature is the worst and most
wants to be somebody;
nobody wants to grow.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
happiest life is that which constantly exercises and
educates what is best in us.
and growth take place when a person has risked himself
and dares to become involved with experimenting with
his own life.
the still small voice that so seldom leads us wrong,
and never into folly.
Marquise du Deffand
real influence is measured by your treatment of yourself.
A. Bronson Alcott
can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward
growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear
must be overcome again and again.
we all did the things we are capable of,
we would astound ourselves.
man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for
it in vain elsewhere.
less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe
more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and
good things will be yours.
it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult
lesson in the world.
Miguel de Cervantes
best rules to form a young man are: to talk little,
to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed
in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value
others that deserve it.
Sir William Temple
your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don't think
of retiring from the world, until the world will be
sorry that you retire.