Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Every man has an obscure respect for courage in others, especially ifit is moral courage, the rarest and most difficult sort of bravery...It makes the very brute understand that this man is more than a man. -- Passage from Life of Christ
Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the greattemptation, or trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But thereal struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks. Now it is beingdecided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or temptation, youshall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be madeexcept by a steady, long continued process. -- Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Bishop
When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finallyget the picture: that we are only given one dazzling moment of lifehere on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled andelevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for ourbrief but intrinsic participation with it. (From her biography ofnaturalist Eustace Conway.) -- Elizabeth Gilbert
The greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising up everytime we fall. -- Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese Philosopher
It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject tohalf the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessnessfor fear of what might happen. -- Herodotus (485 - 425BC) Greek Historian
The self is not something that one finds. It is something that onecreates. -- Thomas Szasz (1920-) American Psychiatrist
Failure is only postponed success as long as courage "coaches"ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. -- Herbert Kaufman
I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to behonorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: tocount, to stand for something, to have made some difference that youlived at all. -- Leo C. Rosten (1908-1977) American Writer
One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as themost beautiful. -- Sigmund Freud
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not actrightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we havethose because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do.Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. -- Aristotle
Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out ourcourage and strength. -- Anonymous
The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart. -- Mencius (371-291 B.C.)
Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is whatmakes it permanent. -- Marilyn vos Savant 1946-NA
Have the courage and the wisdom and the vision to raise a definitestandard that will appeal to the best that is in man, and then strivemightily toward that goal. -- Harold E. Stassen