“That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance and to improve, which could not happen unless we had commence with error, ignorance and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness to reach the light.”
“We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let our dreams die, but others nourish and protect them, nurse them through bad days till they bring them to sunshine and light.”
“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
"The only safe thing is to take a chance. Play safe and you are dead. Taking risks is the essence of good work, and the difference between safe and bold can only be defined by yourself since no one else knows for what you are hoping when you embark on anything."
"It"s not bad to say: 'My work is not what I really want, I'm capable of doing something bigger' ...What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is the first-rate, to pretend that you...like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better."
"...Achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.”
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."
" My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results... but it is the effort that's heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight."
"Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life..."
There are only a handful of days that conjure enough emotion to change a life. Days that you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing. 9/11 is one of those days, a day that now recalls such vitriol, a day not easy to remember, but impossible to forget. Never forget; remember it every day, for a lifetime.
REMEMBER. HONOR. ACT!!