Professor [John] Tyndall once said the finest inspiration he ever received was from an old man who could scarcely read. This man acted as his servant. Each morning the old man would knock on the door of the scientist and call, 'Arise, Sir: it is near seven o'clock and you have great work to do today.
Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
The line between failure and success is so fine. . . that we are often on the line and do not know it.
This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.
Life in abundance comes only through great love.
No one ever gets far unless he accomplishes the impossible at least once a day.
A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.
Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority.
Love, we say, is life; but love without hope and faith is agonizing death.
If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
Art is the beautiful way of doing things. Science is the effective way of doing things. Business is the economic way of doing things.
The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed - it is a process of elimination.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
Often we can help each other most by leaving each other alone; at other times we need the hand-grasp and the word of cheer.
This will never be a civilized country until we spend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.
A woman will doubt everything you say except it be compliments to herself.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one.