They say my work is just a drop in the ocean. I say the ocean is made up of drops.
Mother Theresa

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but that our aim is too low and we reach it

A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.
Peter Marshall

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

I am not an Athenian or a Greek but a citizen of the world.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were…
John Donne (Meditation 17)

A will finds a way.
Orison Swett Marden

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Life is not a dress rehearsal.
Rose Tremain

If you cannot mould yourself as you wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?
Thomas à Kempis

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
Alexander Pope

There are some who speak one moment before they think.
Jean de La Bruyère

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
Robert Byrne

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

The only people who never fail are those who never try.
Ilka Chase

The unexamined life is not worth living.

We know that we are, but know not what we may be.
William Shakespeare

Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition, but first to better himself.
William Ellery Channing

I wish they would only take me as I am.
Vincent Van Gogh

You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
Henry Ford

Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation.
Margaret Deland

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.
Mignon Mclaughlin

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Henry Ward Beecher

Let us not say, Every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, Every man is the architect of his own character.
George Dana Boardman

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
Alfred Adler

You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.

Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he Who finds himself, loses his misery.
Matthew Arnold

The reason people blame things on the previous generations is that there's only one other choice.
Doug Larson

That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.
Henry Ward Beecher

Coping with life's challenges

Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.
Sir William Osler

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyse you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
  Bernice Johnson Reagon

When we are flat on our backs there is no way to look but up.
Roger Babson

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.
Charles Spurgeon

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
Sydney J. Harris

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.
Thomas A. Edison

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realise this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
Henry Ford

The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have.
Ring Lardner

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Joshua J. Marine

The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide

What happens is not as important as to how you react to what happens.
Thaddeus Golas

There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself.
Andrew Carnegie

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Christopher Reeve

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller

Respect for yourself and others

Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do.
William Ellery Channing

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.
Erich Fromm

He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.
Denis Waitley

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample under foot.
Robert Green Ingersoll

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
Bill Cosby


The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people and in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time, is commended.

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
Marcus Aurelius

Reason can in general do more than blind force.
Gaius Cornelius Gallus

When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone who is not as good as you are, look within and examine yourself.

What you do not want done to yourself do not do to others.

A child becomes an adult when he realises that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
Thomas Szasz

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt