Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily, and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.
Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it.
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.
Patience is also a form of action.
Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope.
Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one.
Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, “Lighthouses,” as the poet said, “erected in a sea of time.” They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.
Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used.
The lesson that life constantly reinforces is “Look underfoot.” You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Don’t despise your own place and hour. Every place is the center of the world.