"I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes."
"In my experience, each failure contains the seeds of your next success — if you are willing to learn from it."
"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."
"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces."
"If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success."
"The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched."
"I 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. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but the seeds you plant."
"A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest."
"To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well."