No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. . . . Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort to always cooperate with the good, that it may prevail. I try to increase the power God has given me to see the best in everything and everyone, and make that Best a part of my life… No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars of sailed [to] an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.