If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs you, but your own judgement about it. And it is in your power to wipe out this judgement now.
We don't get to choose what happens to us, but we can always choose how we feel about it. And why on earth would you choose to feel anything but good?
Great affairs sometimes take their rise from small circumstances.
Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understands that he is dying daily? For we are mistaken when we look forward to death; the major portion of death has already passed, Whatever years be behind us are in death's hands.
We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.
His fingers were permanently yellowed with chalk dust rather than nicotine, but it was still the residue of an addicting substance.
Alone. Yes, thats the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn't hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
Your habits always come hunting after you. The self you construct will haunt you
And the price we paid was the price men have always paid for achieving a paradise in this life — we went soft, we lost our edge.
Hope clouds observation.
It is so shocking to find out how many people do not believe that they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult.
To stay awake all night adds a day to your life.
Parting with friends is a sadness. A place is only a place.
Show me a completely smooth operation and I’ll show you someone who’s covering mistakes. Real boats rock.
And always, he fought the temptation to choose a clear, safe course, warning "That path leads ever down into stagnation."
Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern.
Laws to suppress tend to strengthen what they would prohibit.
One cannot stumble on an idea unless one is running.
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
Later on in life, the Tralfamadorians would advise Billy to concentrate on the happy moments of his life, and to ignore the unhappy ones -- to stare only at pretty things as eternity failed to go by.
There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.