Here you will find quotes, maxims and epigrams to ponder and apply in order to form the habits of heroes.
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Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.
The odds are very good that worrying is a waste of time. And besides, worrying won't change what happens anyway, will it?
I would rather be a little nobody, than to be an evil somebody.
I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
After all is said and done, more is said than done.
If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
Even if a mountain is very high, it has a path to the top. Meaning: Nothing is impossible - there is always a way.
There is always someone worse off than yourself. At least you are not a monkey with an allergy to nuts.
Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.
Nothing truly valuable can be achieved except by the unselfish cooperation of many individuals.
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.
Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.
If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with the important matters.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities.
Alexander Graham Bell
Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to focus.
Alexander Graham Bell
Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
God built and launched this year for you;
Upon the bridge you stand;
It's your ship, aye, your own ship,
And you are in command.
Just what the twelve months' trip will do
Rests wholly, solely, friend, with you.
Your logbook kept from day to day
My friend, what will it show?
Have you on your appointed way
Made progress, yes or no?
The log will tell, like guiding star,
The sort of captain that you are.
For weal or woe this year is yours;
Your ship is on life's sea
Your acts, as captain, must decide
Whichever it shall be;
So now in starting on your trip,
Ask God to help you sail your ship.
A friend is someone who shares your happiness and your pains.
When we have to reply to some one who speaks harshly to us, we must always do it with gentleness. If we are angry, it is better to keep silence.
Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.
Greet dawn with enthusiasm and you may expect satisfaction at sunset.
Very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts.
He who hears no advice will not reach old age.
He who hears no advice will not reach old age.
Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.
I don't know a single writer who wasn't a reader first.
Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do something you don't necessarily want to do, to get a result you would really like to have.
You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity.
The one who throws the stone forgets; the one who is hit remembers forever.
Ann Whitford Paul
You can't change the world by complaining or withdrawing, but you can write another story.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
The greatest ability is availability. If we are not available to God, no matter what other kinds of ability we have, our ability is no good. Ability without availability is a liability.
Availability means that there is a sense of preparedness and readiness.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
Antigua & Barbuda Proverb:
Big promises make many fools.
Abundance breeds arrogance.
Happiness is a state of activity.
Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
That nation which will not learn from the past is doomed to repeat it.
Quality is not an act, it's a habit.
The aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
Well begun is half done.
Whatever you sow, that’s what you’ll reap.
No one on his deathbed ever said, "I wish I had spent more time on my business."
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
Augustine of Hippo
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A lazy man is the devils handyman.
Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, in all the ways you can, for as long as you can.
A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.
Mathematics is not only for solving numbers. It’s also for dividing sorrow, subtracting sadness, adding happiness and multiplying love and forgiveness.
Mass deceit can quickly be dispelled if those who are for God show as much daring for truth as others do for evil.
If you know of a skeleton hidden away
In a closet, and guarded and kept from the day
In the dark; whose showing, whose sudden display
Would cause grief and sorrow and lifelong dismay,
It's a pretty good plan to forget it.
If you know of a spot in the life of a friend
(We all have spots concealed, world without end)
Whose touching his heartstrings would sadden or rend,
Till the shame of its showing no grieving could mend,
It's a pretty good plan to forget it.
Mr. Meant-To has a comrade,
And his name is Didn’t-Do;
Have you ever chanced to meet them?
Did they ever call on you?
These two fellows live together
In the house of Never-Win,
And I’m told that it is haunted
By the ghost of Might-Have-Been.”
Troubles are opportunities to grow, to make us better, not bitter. Rightly used, we can learn from them not to repeat our own mistakes.
Author Unknown (from Teen Creed)
Be humble enough to obey, you may be the one giving orders someday.
Beauty without virtue is a curse.
B. C. Forbes
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
Cheerfulness is among the most laudable virtues. It gains you the good will and friendship of others. It blesses those who practice it and those upon whom it is bestowed.
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!
When criticizing the other, you are perhaps just as guilty.
Whoever doesn’t reach the grapes, he say’s they’re sour.
Look before you leap. Think before you act.
“Every bush is a man.” Meaning: Be careful how you speak, you never know who is listening.
We have quite enough to do weeding our own garden.
The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.
If people could make me angry, they could control me. Why should I give someone else such power over my life?
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
[fusion_text]Never ruin an apology with an excuse.[/fusion_text]
[fusion_text]Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.[/fusion_text]
[fusion_text]Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen.[/fusion_text]
[fusion_text]Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.[/fusion_text]
[fusion_text]A good example is the best sermon.[/fusion_text]
Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
Too often people want what they want what they think they want, which is usually "happiness" in one form or another) right now. The irony of their impatience is that only by learning to wait, and by a willingness to accept the bad with the good, do we usually attain those things that are truly worthwhile. He that can have patience can have what he wills.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
For unless he is already doomed, fortune is apt to favour the man who keeps his nerve.
Conscience which is the sentinel of the soul, falls asleep. Surrounded as he is with worldly cares, that sleep is too profound; for a killer is at hand who shoots wickedly from his bow. Then the man is off his guard and is pierced right to the heart by a bitter arrow against which he does not know how to defend himself: the sinister promptings of the devil.
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much…who has left the world better than he found it…who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory is a benediction.
To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Bob Feller, Major League Pitcher
Every day is a new opportunity; you can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is. With a new game every day.
...adverse fortune frequently draws men back to their true good like a shepherdess with her crook.
Bonaventure di Fidanza
Beware of becoming vexed or impatient at the faults of others; for it would be folly when you see a man falling into a ditch, to throw yourself into another to no purpose.
To gain success you need to be dedicated, have a sense of balance in your life, and be willing to take a risk.
Booker T. Washington
In my contact with people I find that, as a rule, it is only the little, narrow people who live for themselves, who never read good books, who do not travel, who never open up their souls in a way to permit them to come into contact with other souls -- with the great outside world.
Booker T. Washington
In meeting men, in many places, I have found that the happiest people are those who do the most for others; the most miserable are those who do the least.
Booker T. Washington
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
It is better to walk than curse the road.
The fool is thirsty in the midst of water.
Anger is extraordinarily easy. It’s our default setting. Love is very difficult. Love is a miracle.
God knows others’ private motives. We don’t. God knows our private motives. We don’t. We think we can judge others’ motives. We’re wrong.
When we recognize our unsurprising fallenness and keep our eyes joyfully open for the glorious exceptions, we’re much less offendable. Why? Because that’s the thing about gratitude and anger: they can’t coexist. It’s one or the other. One drains the very life from you. The other fills your life with wonder. Choose wisely.
Being offended is a tiring business. Letting things go gives you energy.
Brett & Kate McKay
Being late is a form of stealing. That’s a tough truth, but it’s a truth nonetheless. When you make others wait for you, you rob minutes from them that they’ll never get back. Time they could have turned into money, or simply used for the things important to them. In coming to meet you at the agreed upon hour, they may have made sacrifices – woken up early, cut short their workout, told their kid they couldn’t read a story together – and your lateness negates those sacrifices. If you wouldn’t think of taking ten dollars from another man’s wallet, you shouldn’t think of stealing ten minutes from him either.
Anyone can slay a dragon ...but try waking up every morning and loving the world all over again. That's what takes a real hero.
Remember to use positive affirmations. "I am not a dork" is not one of them.
Mice are my heroes because, like children, mice are little and have to learn to be courageous and use their wits.
The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers.
The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.
Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent Return on Energy!
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?”
Look for the good in every person and every situation. You'll almost always find it.
I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances, Be more active, Show up more often.
Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.
Develop an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’. Say thank you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you.
Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.
C. S. Lewis
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point.
C. S. Lewis
In our own case we accept excuses too easily, in other people's we do not accept them easily enough.
I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.
You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
We must learn by experience to avoid either trains of thought or social situations which FOR US (not necessarily for everyone) lead to temptations. Like motoring—don’t wait till the last moment before you put on the brakes but put them on, gently and quietly, while the danger is still a good way off.
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.
Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Carl von Clausewitz
If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.
Don't listen to the advice of bad companions; if you do, you will repeat it!
Carol S. Dweck
Don't tell your kids that they are smart. More than three decades of research shows that a focus on “process”—not on intelligence or ability—is key to success in school and in life.
Whenever you say yes to something, you say no to something else.
Obedience must be exact, prompt and cheerful.
Catherine of Sienna
There is no sin or wrong that gives a man a foretaste of hell in this life as anger and impatience.
Catherine of Sienna
If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!
The story of our lives is written by the actions of our days. What will your story be about?
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal.
In life, as in chess, forethought wins.
Charles de Gaulle
Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.
Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.
The first essential in a boy's career is to find out what he's fitted for, what he's most capable of doing and doing with a relish.
I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitudes we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our Attitudes.
This is my "depressed stance." When you're depressed it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this.
Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening; it just stops you from enjoying the good.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to continue always as a child.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
The man who commands efficiently must have obeyed others in the past, and the man who obeys dutifully is worthy of being some day a commander.
Do not hold the delusion that your advancement is accomplished by crushing others.
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.
Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
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.
Forethought and prudence are the proper qualities of a leader.
It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.
The chronic kicker, even the most violent critic, will frequently soften and be subdued in the presence of a patient, sympathetic listener— a listener who will be silent while the irate fault-finder dilates like a king cobra and spews the poison out of his system.
Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely of discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.
Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
A person's name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
The only way in this world one can ever hope to be loved is to stop asking for it and start pouring out love without hope to return.
The load of tomorrow, added to that of yesterday, carried today, makes the strongest falter.
Keep busy. It's the cheapest kind of medicine there is.
In His will is our peace.
No team ever failed because of too much communication.
Dennis and Wendy Mannering
Attitudes are contagious...Is yours worth catching?
Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.
If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less. I’d do less correcting, and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I would care to know less, and know to care more. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I’d run through more fields, and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging, and less tugging. I would be firm less often, and affirm much more. I’d build self esteem first, and the house later. I’d teach less about the love of power, and more about the power of love.
Doak Walker, NFL Running Back
The most important thing in becoming a success is the three P's - practice, perseverance, and prayer.
Successful people aren't born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don't like to do. The successful people don't always like doing these things themselves; they just get on and do them.
Dr. Charles Mayo
Dr. Raymond Guarendi
The secret to a good marriage, for the most part, is that there are no secrets, only commonsense, time-tested ideas practiced by countless others who have done it well.
To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.
Dr. Seuss (The Lorax)
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.
E. B. White
Remember the heart of your sentence beats in strong verbs, concrete nouns, and vivid descriptions!
e. e. cummings
I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
To achieve happiness, we should make certain that we are never without an important goal.
Preparation for life is so important. Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity. Opportunity is all around us. Are you prepared?
Edgar Albert Guest
The joy of life is living it, or so it seems to me;
In finding shackles on your wrists, then struggling till you're free;
In seeing wrongs and righting them, in dreaming splendid dreams,
Then toiling till the vision is as real as moving streams.
The happiest mortal on the earth is he who ends his day
By leaving better than he found to bloom along the way.
Were all things perfect here there would be naught for man to do;
If what is old were good enough we'd never need the new.
The only happy time of rest is that which follows strife
And sees some contribution made unto the joy of life.
And he who has oppression felt and conquered it is he
Who really knows the happiness and peace of being free.
The miseries of earth are here and with them all must cope.
Who seeks for joy, through hedges thick of care and pain must grope.
Through disappointment man must go to value pleasure's thrill;
To really know the joy of health a man must first be ill.
The wrongs are here for man to right, and happiness is had
By striving to supplant with good the evil and the bad.
The joy of life is living it and doing things of worth,
In making bright and fruitful all the barren spots of earth.
In facing odds and mastering them and rising from defeat,
And making true what once was false, and what was bitter, sweet.
For only he knows perfect joy whose little bit of soil
Is richer ground than what it was when he began to toil.
When men play god, they behave like demons.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.