Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us
better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that
wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
Our antagonist is our helper. This conflict with difficulty makes
us acquainted with our object and compels us to consider it in all its
relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
- Edmund Burke
Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
- Ron Wild
One who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.
- James Russell Lowell
Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you are free to
live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no
longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to
promote a cause you believe in.
- Saul Alinsky
If there's magic in boxing is the magic of fighting battles beyond
endurance, beyond cracked ribs, ruptured kidneys and detached
retinas. It's the magic of risking everything for
a dream that nobody sees but you.
- Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris, "Million Dollar Baby"
The good you look for is more important than the bad you find.
- Arthur Dobrin (1943-)
It's not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It's what resides inside.
- Fred Rogers
The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson
The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
- William F. Scolavino
small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and
it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold
it at a proper distance and it can be examined
and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen
in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway of life.
- Celia Luce
There is little connection between the appearance of genius and its recognition.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Fools look to tomorrow; Wise men use tonight.
- Scottish Proverb
Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success.
- Jim Backus
Everything changes. The person who refuses to accept this is in
danger of breaking as surely as the tree that cannot bend in the wind
breaks in two.
- Arthur Dobrin (1943-)
It is smelling flowers in the spring and remembering what they smell like in the winter.
- Denise, age 11, in "Children on Happiness"
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.
- Ben Jonson
Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck but, most of all, endurance.
- James Arthur Baldwin
Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.
- Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire (1694-1778)