What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
If one listens to the faintest but constant suggestions of his genius, which are certainly true, he sees not to what extremes, or even insanity, it may lead him; and yet that way, as he grows more resolute and faithful, his road lies.
The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
Man’s capacities have never been measured. Nor are we to judge of what he can do by precedents, so little has been tried.
When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.
We make ourselves rich by making our wants few.
For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms, and did my duty faithfully.
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; there that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.