Here you will find quotes, maxims and epigrams to ponder and apply in order to form the habits of heroes.

Please also share other good quotes that will help all of us. Thank you!

Abigail Adams

Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.

Abigail Adams

The odds are very good that worrying is a waste of time. And besides, worrying won't change what happens anyway, will it?

Abraham Lincoln

I would rather be a little nobody, than to be an evil somebody.

Abraham Lincoln

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

Aeschylus

Obedience is the mother of success and is wedded to safety.

Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Aesop

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

Aesop

If you choose bad companions, no one will believe that you are anything but bad yourself.

Aesop

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.

Aesop

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

Afghanistan Proverb:

Even if a mountain is very high, it has a path to the top. Meaning: Nothing is impossible - there is always a way.

Albanian Proverb:

There is always someone worse off than yourself. At least you are not a monkey with an allergy to nuts.

Albert Einstein

Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.

Albert Einstein

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

Nothing truly valuable can be achieved except by the unselfish cooperation of many individuals.

Albert Einstein

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

Albert Einstein

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

Creativity is intelligence having fun.

Albert Einstein

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

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.

Albert Einstein

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Albert Einstein

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with the important matters.

Albert Einstein

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.

Algerian Proverb:

A friend is someone who shares your happiness and your pains.

Alphonsus Liguori

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.

Amish Proverb

Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.

Amish Proverb

Greet dawn with enthusiasm and you may expect satisfaction at sunset.

Amish Proverb

Very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts.

Andorra Proverb:

He who hears no advice will not reach old age.

Andorra Proverb:

He who hears no advice will not reach old age.

Andrew Carnegie

Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.

Andrew Clements

I don't know a single writer who wasn't a reader first.

Andy Andrews

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.

Angela Merici

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.

Angola Proverb:

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.

Anne Frank

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

Anonymous

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.

Argentina Proverb:

Abundance breeds arrogance.

Aristotle

Happiness is a state of activity.

Aristotle

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.

Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

Aristotle

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.

Aristotle

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.

Aristotle

That nation which will not learn from the past is doomed to repeat it.

Aristotle

Quality is not an act, it's a habit.

Aristotle

The aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought.

Aristotle

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

Aristotle

To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

Aristotle

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.

Aristotle

Well begun is half done.

Armenia Proverb:

Whatever you sow, that’s what you’ll reap.

Arnold Zach

No one on his deathbed ever said, "I wish I had spent more time on my business."

Arthur Ashe

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.

Australia Proverb:

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Austrian Proverb:

A lazy man is the devils handyman.

Author Unknown

Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, in all the ways you can, for as long as you can.

Author Unknown

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.

Author Unknown

Mathematics is not only for solving numbers. It’s also for dividing sorrow, subtracting sadness, adding happiness and multiplying love and forgiveness.

Author Unknown

Mass deceit can quickly be dispelled if those who are for God show as much daring for truth as others do for evil.

Author Unknown

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.

Author Unknown

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.”

Author Unknown

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.

Azerbaijan Proverb:

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.

B.C. Forbes

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.

Babe Ruth

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

Babe Ruth

Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!

Bahamas Proverb:

When criticizing the other, you are perhaps just as guilty.

Bahrain Proverb:

Whoever doesn’t reach the grapes, he say’s they’re sour.

Bangladesh Proverb:

Look before you leap. Think before you act.

Barbados Proverb:

“Every bush is a man.” Meaning: Be careful how you speak, you never know who is listening.

Belgium Proverb:

We have quite enough to do weeding our own garden.

Benedict XVI

The world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.

Benjamin Carson

If people could make me angry, they could control me. Why should I give someone else such power over my life?

Benjamin Franklin

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

[fusion_text]Never ruin an apology with an excuse.[/fusion_text]

Benjamin Franklin

[fusion_text]Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do.[/fusion_text]

Benjamin Franklin

[fusion_text]Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen.[/fusion_text]

Benjamin Franklin

[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]

Benjamin Franklin

[fusion_text]A good example is the best sermon.[/fusion_text]

Benjamin Franklin

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.

Benjamin Franklin

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.

Benjamin Franklin

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Beowulf

For unless he is already doomed, fortune is apt to favour the man who keeps his nerve.

Beowulf

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.

Bessie Stanley

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.

Bill Wilson

To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.

Blaise Pascal

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.

Boethius

...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.

Bonnie Blair

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.

Botswana Proverbs:

It is better to walk than curse the road.
The fool is thirsty in the midst of water.

Brant Hansen

Anger is extraordinarily easy. It’s our default setting. Love is very difficult. Love is a miracle.

Brant Hansen

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.

Brant Hansen

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.

Brant Hansen

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.

Brian Andreas

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.

Brian Andreas

Remember to use positive affirmations. "I am not a dork" is not one of them.

Brian Jacques

Mice are my heroes because, like children, mice are little and have to learn to be courageous and use their wits.

Brian Tracy

The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers.

Brian Tracy

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.

Brian Tracy

Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent Return on Energy!

Brian Tracy

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, "What's in it for me?”

Brian Tracy

Look for the good in every person and every situation. You'll almost always find it.

Brian Tracy

I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances, Be more active, Show up more often.

Brian Tracy

Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.

Brian Tracy

Develop an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’. Say thank you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you.

Brian Tracy

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.

C.S. Lewis

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.

C.S. Lewis

You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

C.S. Lewis

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

C.S. Lewis

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.

C.S. Lewis

A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.

C.S. Lewis

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C.S. Lewis

Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.

C.S. Lewis

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

Calvin Coolidge

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.

Carlo Collodi

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.

Casey Valiant

Whenever you say yes to something, you say no to something else.

Catherine Beecher

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!

Champ Payne

The story of our lives is written by the actions of our days. What will your story be about?

Charles Beard

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

Charles Buxton

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal.

Charles Buxton

In life, as in chess, forethought wins.

Charles de Gaulle

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.

Charles Dickens

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Charles Dickens

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

Charles Schwab

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.

Charles Schwab

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.

Charles Schwab

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.

Charles Schwab

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.

Charles Swindoll

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.

Charlie Brown

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.

Charlie Brown

Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening; it just stops you from enjoying the good.

Chinese Proverb

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Christopher Columbus

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Cicero

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to continue always as a child.

Cicero

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Cicero

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.

Cicero

Do not hold the delusion that your advancement is accomplished by crushing others.

Clarence Thomas

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.

Colin Powell

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.

Colin Powell

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.

Confucius

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

Confucius

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.

Cornelius Tactius

Forethought and prudence are the proper qualities of a leader.

Dale Carnegie

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.

Dale Carnegie

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.

Dale Carnegie

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.

Dale Carnegie

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.

Dale Carnegie

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

Dale Carnegie

A person's name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

Dale Carnegie

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.

Dale Carnegie

The load of tomorrow, added to that of yesterday, carried today, makes the strongest falter.

Dale Carnegie

Keep busy. It's the cheapest kind of medicine there is.

Dante

In His will is our peace.

Dave Anderson

No team ever failed because of too much communication.

Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Attitudes are contagious...Is yours worth catching?

Dennis Waitley

Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.

Diane Loomans

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.

Don Marquis

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.

Dr. Seuss

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.

Dwight Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

Dwight Eisenhower

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.

Earl Nightingale

When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.

Earl Nightingale

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

Earl Nightingale

To achieve happiness, we should make certain that we are never without an important goal.

Earl Nightingale

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.

Edmund Burke

When men play god, they behave like demons.

Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

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