"Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed."
– Baltasar Gracián y Morales
"Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm." – Charles Caleb Colton
"Your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be."
– Raymond Charles Barker
"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."
– Carlos Castaneda
"Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."
– Peter Drucker
"Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do."
– Kathleen Winsor
"If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted on the Sistine floor."
– Neil Simon
"Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best."
– Marva Collins
"Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble."
– Admiral William Halsey
"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
– Pablo Picasso