Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. ~William James

Quotations Archive

 They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
~ Andy Warhol

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.
~ Robert Frost 

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.
~ Louis L-Amour

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.
~ Corita Kent

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
~ Confucius

The art of love is largely the art of persistence.
~ Albert Ellis

A man can only do what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.
~ Albert Schweitzer

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning - and some of them many times over - what do you find? That you can swim? Well - life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!
~ Alfred Adler quotes

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways."
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr

Now is the time to get serious about living your ideals. How long can you afford to put off being who you really want to be?
~ Epictetus (2000 years ago)

What is to give light must endure burning.
~ Victor Frankl

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in mind.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.
~ E. L. Doctorow

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
~ Oscar Wilde

The key to change... is to let go of fear.
~ Roseanne Cash

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.
~ Author Unknown

Don't strive so much to complete your worldly affairs;
don't strive in any affair that's not sacred.
Otherwise at the end, you'll leave incomplete,
your spiritual affairs damaged and your bread unbaked.
~ Rumi

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
~ Sylvia Plath

As long as our orientation is toward perfection or success, we will never learn about unconditional friendship with ourselves, nor will we find compassion.
~ Pema Chödrön

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
~ Winston Churchill

You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world.
~ Daisaku Ikeda

We fear doing too little when we should do more. Then atone by doing too much, when perhaps we should do less.
~ Robert Trout

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.
~ William Barclay

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
~ Charles Austin Beard

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
~ Nelson Mandela

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.
~ Ruth Ann Schabacker

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work

 ~ Rita Mae Brown

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
~ Albert Camus

We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.
~ Tobias Wolff, In Pharaoh's Army

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Lack of forgiveness causes almost all of our self-sabotaging behavior.
~ Mark Victor Hansen

Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.
~ Abbie Hoffman

If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
~ Thomas A. Edison

If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn.
~ Bernie Siegel

Never give up. This may be your moment for a miracle.
~ Greg Anderson

The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy.
~Jim Rohn

Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other.
~Henry David Thoreau

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.
~ Frank A. Clark

Remember what Bilbo used to say: "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.
~ Louisa May Alcott

And you would accept the seasons of your heart just as you have always accepted that seasons pass over your fields and you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

~ J. Lubbock

You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.
~ Steven D. Woodhull

Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.
~ Warren Buffett

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.
~ Oscar Wilde

When I cannot bear outer pressures anymore, I begin to put order in my belongings…As if unable to organize and control my life, I seek to exert this on the world of objects.
~Anais Nin

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.
~ Annie Dillard

You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Irrationally putting off is a tendency, not an inevitability.
~ Dr. Piers Steel

Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
~ Martin Buber

You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right.
~Maya Angelou

The world breaks everyone, and afterward some are strong at the broken places.
~ Ernest Hemingway

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
~ E. M. Forster

Every child begins the world again.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
~ Pericles

Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
~ William Blake

The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time. It is on the contrary born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life. When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else- we are the busiest people in the world.
~ Eric Hoffer

Family life is full of major and minor crises--the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce--and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.
~ Thomas Moore

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential--for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
~ Søren Kierkegaard

Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.
~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
~ Winston Churchill

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.
~ Annie Dillard

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
~ Thomas A. Edison

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
~ George Eliot

Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.
~ Marcel Proust

Sometimes we are devilsto ourselves/When we will tempt the frailty of our powers,/ Presuming on their changeful potency.
~ Troilus, in Shakespeare's Triolus and Cressida

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.
~ Sir Winston Churchill

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.

~ Khalil Gibran

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
~ Samuel Johnson

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

To bring balance to your day and your life, remember now and then to drop out of the momentum of doing and achieving and meet yourself in stillness.
~ Dennis Lewis