Sunday, 20 October 2013

"We only become what we are, and not what others have made of us"

We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.
Jean-Paul Sartre

The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the primary study of man.
The only journey is the journey within.
Rainer Maria Rilke

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Agnes Repplier
Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you know, and what you can do.
Yes, know thyself: in great concerns or small,
Be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all.

Men soon the faults of others learn
A few their virtues, too, find out;
But is there one—I have a doubt—
Who can his own defects discern?

Sanskrit Proverb
Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.
If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.
Lord Chesterfield
Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves.
Maltbie D. Matlock
If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling it away?
Lord Chesterfield
Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.
William Thackeray
As the sculptor devotes himself to wood and stone, I would devote myself to my soul.
Toyohiko Kagawa
He who conquers others is strong;
He who conquers himself is mighty.

Lao Tzu
The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes.
Carl Jung
He that will not reflect is a ruined man.
Asian Proverb
Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
Doug Firebaugh
Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
Chinese Proverb
God ever works with those who work with will.
Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Heaven never helps the man who will not act.

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