“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.”
“I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”
“Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.”
“One’s only rival is one’s own potentialities. One’s only failure is failing to live up to one’s own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king.”
“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be”
“We fear our highest possibility (as well as our lowest one). We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments.”
“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”
“If you deliberately set out to be less than you are capable, you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.”
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
I don’t know who my grandfather was; I’m much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.
I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.
As our case is new, we must think and act anew.
There is nothing true anywhere, The true is nowhere to be seen; If you say you see the true, This seeing is not the true one.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act a new.