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A pessimist? That’s a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.
– Elbert Hubbard
The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.
Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
Men are only as great as they are kind.
Life is just one damned thing after another.
A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.
I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.
If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.
Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Where much is expected from an individual, he may rise to the level of events and make the dream come true.
In order to have friends, you must first be one.
It’s pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious.
It is easy to get everything you want, provided you first learn to do without the things you cannot get.
The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Reversing your treatment of the man you have wronged is better than asking his forgiveness.
The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner.
Never get married in college; it’s hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you’ve already made one mistake.
An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.
The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.
We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.
Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.
We work to become, not to acquire.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
Never explain – your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.