“For the most part, we, who could choose simplicity, choose complication.”
“Your house is your home only when you feel you have jurisdiction over the space.”
“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you…If you don’tlife controls you.”
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.
“Come to the edge.”
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.
The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
You can’t depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.