Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment. ~Ross Perot
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy – I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.
Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), “Eastern and Western Ideals of Happiness”
If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
Henry David Thoreau
Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey. ~Tad Williams
Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship. ~Benjamin Franklin
A winner never whines.
After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over. ~Alfred Edward Perlman, New York Times, 3 July 1958
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
John F. Kennedy