Pearls of Wisdom

“Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.”
- Helen Keller

“Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.”
- Ralph Marston

“Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.” - Helen Keller

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.” 
- Mark Twain

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
- Mark Twain

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
- George Bernard Shaw

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”
- George Bernard Shaw

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.  
- Oscar Wilde

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” Oscar Wilde
Why use up the forests, which centuries in the making, and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in annual growth of the hemp fields?”  
- Henry Ford

“Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.”
- Henry Ford

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
- Confucius

“You have made some mistakes, and you may not be where you want to be, but that has nothing to do with your future.”
- Zig Ziglar

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”
-  Zig Ziglar

“Cultivating care and concern for others gives rise to a kind of inner strength. No matter what difficulties or problems you face, in this wider context they’ll seem less significant and troubling to you. The inner strength, self-confidence and courage you gain by focusing on others’ needs instead of your own, brings with it a deep, calm sense of satisfaction.”
- Dalai Lama

"We are such stuff as dreams are made of."
- William Shakespeare, The Tempest

"Hope is a waking dream."
- Aristotle

"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears."
- Les Brown

"When you come to the edge of all the light you have, and must take a step into the darkness of the unknown, believe that one of two things will happen: either there will be something solid for you to stand on – or you will be taught how to fly."
- Patrick Overton

"I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible because dreams offer too little collateral."
- Walt Disney

"If there were dreams to sell, What would you buy?"
- Thomas Lovell Beddoes

"Far away there 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

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
- Maya Angelou

"The man who has no imagination has no wings."
- Muhammad Ali

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."
- Ralph Vaull Starr

"Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes." 
- Mary Martin

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." 
- William Arthur Ward

"It is not our abilities that tell us what we truly are… it is our choices."
- Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved."

"The way you activate the seeds of your creation is by making choices about the results you want to create. When you make a choice, you mobilize vast human energies and resources which otherwise go untapped. All too often people fail to focus their choices upon results and therefore their choices are ineffective. If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise."
- Robert Fritz

"A goal is a dream that has an ending."
- Duke Ellington

"The ancestor of every action is a thought."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier."
- Thomas Robert Gaines

"It may be those who do most, dream most."
- Stephen Leacock

"What often stops our aspirations from turning into real possibilities is a lack of belief and a shortage of effort."
- Johnnetta B. Cole

"I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one. It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves. I had not lived there a week before my feet wore a path from my door to the pond-side; and though it is five or six years since I trod it, it is still quite distinct. I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

"There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."
- James Thurber

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
- Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
- Calvin Coolidge

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
- Anatole France

"Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things." 
- Frank A. Clark

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
- Harriet Tubman

"The problems of this world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
- John F. Kennedy

"An education that teaches you to understand something about the world has done only half of the assignment. The other half is to teach you to do something about making the world a better place."
- Johnnetta B. Cole

"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born."
- Dale E. Turner