.....in this world, you'll come across many people who will oppose you, and try to grind you down. Do not let them upset you or shake your confidence even a tiny bit. You must learn to derive your confidence and strength from their opposition. Paradoxical as it may sound to you, but that's the reality. Their obstacles will make you passionate, far more than ever before. Your critics will make you wise, foes will make you smart, and haters will keep you alert at all times. The key is to transform their negativity into positivity for yourself. Good luck!
.....the personal commitment to Integrity means: Speaking the honest truth at all times, even though it might hurt the listener, and create conflicts for you personally. It also means never to settle for anything less than what you deserve in your relationships with others. Living with Integrity is not easy, because she demands your total commitment to your personal values that must be higher than ordinary. She also expects you to make choices based on what you believe, and not what others tell you to believe. All being said, living with Integrity even for a day is million times better than countless years of life without her. A life with Integrity is the only life well lived, in my view. So go ahead, take that bold step, and live the life with Integrity.
....a brilliant tip for self-improvement: spend less time talking about yourself, and more time listening to what others have to say about you.
....Faith is that tiny and beautiful songbird in one's heart that sings wonderful melodies even in the darkest moments, because it can feel and see the divine light that is yet to arrive with dawn. Faith enables us to believe in something that may be beyond any rationale, reasoning and logic. And Faith also our inner strength that empowers us to bring our dreams and vision to fruition, with the Grace of God. Take the leap in the unknown with full Faith in God and yourself.
...it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket, nor breaks my leg.
A "Bandwagon Effect" is a most common phenomenon wherein the rate of uptake of any beliefs and misbeliefs increases the more that those have already been adopted by others in the society. Shallow people will get carried away by what others do, and will always hop on the bandwagon. You mustn't get swayed by what others do or tell you to do, and mustn't jump on the bandwagon. You must stand with your own values, confidently, and without fluttering, even though you have to stand alone - because you are the Gold, and the Gold must maintain her Color, Character and Charisma that set the highest standards for others.
A "Win-Win" Situation is the one where we give cheerfully to the Society as much as we can, and also accept gracefully whatsoever the Society offers to us. Interestingly, the givers gets richer by giving, and they also see their names carved on hearts and minds (rather than only on tombstones) in such win-win situations. Remember: Doing nothing for others = Undoing of yourselves.
A Beautiful and Perfect Thing is neither Beautiful nor Perfect at its outset. Beauty & Perfection are attained with enormous Efforts & extraordinary Endurance over time. Only after withstanding tremondous pressure for countless years, a Coal can transform into a dazzling Diamond. Strive to be that Diamond, and Never Settle for Anything Less in Life.
A coalition of groups ... is waging a massive propaganda campaign against the president of the United States. ... an all-out attack. Their aim is total victory for themselves and total defeat for him. (On Watergate crisis)
A country is considered the more civilized the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak or a powerful one too powerful.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to Complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.
A generation of men is like a generation of leaves the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth - and the season of spring comes on. So of men one generation springs forth and another ceases.
A gentleman is one who doesn't and can’t forgive himself for self-committed mistake even if others forget it and the self-criticism is a mark of his right attitude towards life.
A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.
A great writer is, so to speak, a second government in his country. And for that reason no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.