The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realizing that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles.
Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.
Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.
Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one the second time.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.
The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.
We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.
One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Failure teaches success.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–which is: Try to please everybody.
Dealing with People
Arguing with a fool proves there are two.
Kind words are the music of the world. Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence.
If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.
In many things it is not well to say, “Know thyself”; it is better to say, “Know others.”
The more you say, the less people remember.
It is good to learn what to avoid by studying the misfortunes of others.
He knows the water best who has waded through it. Experience is by industry achieved and perfected by the swift course of time.
The years teach much which the days never know.
A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.
Experience is not what happens to a man: it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.
A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.
The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
By associating with wise people you will become wise yourself.
Silence does not always mark wisdom.
Years teach us more than books.
One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little.
The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.
The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.