Bhagavad Gita – it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.
Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to think, to enjoy, to love.
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
-Thomas Paine, The Crisis, 1776
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.