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"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
Eden Phillpotts

"A goal is a dream with a deadline."
Napoleon Hill

"Courage is the greatest of all virtues. Because without courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others."
Samuel Johnson: Inspirational Quotes on Boldness

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.  Do not lose courage considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about rectifying them - every day begin the task anew."
Saint Francis: De Sales

"Meditate.  Live purely.  Be quiet.  Do your work with mastery.  Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds!  Shine."
Buddha: Philosophy Quotes

"Sometimes you have to jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down."
Ray Bradbury

"If you're going through hell, keep going."
Winston Churchill

"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
Sir Edmund Hillary

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments."
Jim Rohn

"If winning isn't everything, why do we keep score?"
Vince Lombardi

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'."
Emma Bombeck

"The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else."
Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it."
Stan Smith

"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you."
Derek Jeter

The Once and Future King
T. H. White

"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.

"You can learn astronomy in a lifetime, natural history in three, literature in six. And then, after you have exhausted a million lifetimes in biology and medicine and theocriticism and geography and history and economics---why, you can start to make a cartwheel out of the appropriate wood, or spend fifty years learning to begin to learn to beat your adversary at fencing. After that you can start again on mathematics, until it is time to learn to plough."

"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
Louisa May Alcott

"Learn to wish that the world unfolds exactly as it does."

GOD, give us men! A time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;

Men who can stand before a demagogue
And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
In public duty, and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
Their large professions and their little deeds,

Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps.

Josiah Gilbert Holland

I'm still looking for a place like this...

"The power-drenched beauty of the dawn at Tishiding in Sikkim - that glittering spectacle of fire dancing on ice - it must seem to the weariness traveler a lavish reward for the discomfort of two days' journey through waterlogged and leach-infested jungles.  But to me it was more than this.  It had come to hold an inner significance, impossible not to sense, but very hard to describe.  I even thought of it as a kind of spiritual baptism, a miraculous soothing of body and mind, to be daily renewed as long as I stayed on the mountain."

The opening lines from "The Wheel of Life, The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist", by John Blofeld.