Our deeds determine us,
as much as we determine our deeds.
Persistence is the twin sister of excellence.
One is a matter of quality;
the other, a matter of time.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others.
It is the only thing.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
How a person masters his fate
is more important than what his fate is.
When I do good
I feel good.
When I do bad
I feel bad.
And that’s my religion.
If you haven’t got the time to do it right,
when will you find the time to do it over?
Every man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do.
Always do right.
This will gratify some people
and astonish the rest.
Things turn out best for the people
who make the best out of the way things turn out.
Do what you can with what you have where you are.
A fellow can’t keep people
from having a bad opinion of him,
but he can keep them from being right about it.
People grow through experience
if they meet life honestly and courageously.
This is how character is built.
There is only one corner of the universe
you can be certain of improving,
and that’s your own self.
The way to gain a good reputation
is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
A professional is a person who can do his best
at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it.
If you wish to be great at all,
you must begin where you are
and with what you are.
He who would be great anywhere
must first be great
in his own Philadelphia.
Keep away from people
who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel
that you, too, can become great.
When you get to the end of your rope,
tie a knot and hang on.
The only lifelong, reliable motivations
are those that come from within,
and one of the strongest of those
is the joy and pride
that grow from knowing
that you’ve just done something
as well as you can do it.
Better a diamond with a flaw
than a pebble without.