We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal.
In life, as in chess, forethought wins.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.
To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
Sadness debilitates us. It is like the heavy clay accumulating on the boots of a walker which, as well as befouling them, makes each step more difficult for him.
The experience of what pleases or displeases me, or of what helps or hurts me, is a good measure of the things I ought to do or avoid in my relationships with others.
…unless a couple is at least fives times more complimentary, affectionate, supportive, and encouraging as they are critical, nagging, and confrontational, their rapport will deteriorate until it ceases to exist.
Good discipline begins with good rapport, which means that there should be a minimum 5:1 ratio (and ideally, a 20:1 ratio) of positive-to-negative interactions between parents and children.
An army chief on the battlefield has more respect for the soldier who, having once given way to flight, returns and attacks the enemy bravely than for the soldier who never turned tail, but neither ever performed any act of valor.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.
A zealous soul without meekness is like a ship in a storm, in danger of wrecks. A meek soul without zeal, is like a ship in a calm, that moves not so fast as it ought.
What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.
You now begin. But this is ongoing. You begin again, and again and again. You never give up. Nunc Coepi.
Identify what is valuable to you, then prepare and plan to protect it.
Don’t worry… What good is anxiety about the future? Does it bring you anything but trouble upon trouble? It is foolish and useless to be either grieved or happy about future things which perhaps may never happen.
I can make two guarantees to you today. First, your time on earth will end. Second, you will be remembered for something…how do you want to be remembered?
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.