These are quotes & verses that we absolutely love and believe in. We try our best to practice it in life and we use them to make decisions. These could be from various personalities or books or movies or literature, etc. Feel free to send great quotes/lines to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy reading!
On Practice, Discipline and Behavior
- The expert in anything was once a beginner (Helen Hayes)
- Don’t stop when you are tired. Stop when you are done.
- Feedback is the breakfast of champions (Ken Blanchard)
- It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop (Confucius)
- If you walk only when you feel good, you will never reach your destination.
- Champions keep playing until they get it right (Billie jean king)
- Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor (Alexis Carrel)
- It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish. (J.R.R. Tolkien, Author)
- Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do (Bruce Lee).
On Education, Intelligence, etc.
- By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in child and man-body, mind and spirit. Literacy is not the end of education or even the beginning. (Mahatma Gandhi)
- Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world (Nelson Mandela)
- The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you (B.B.King, An American singer)
- Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education (Martin Luther King Jr)
- The only purpose of true education should be to arouse curiosity (Rabindranath tagore)
- The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence (Rabindranath Tagore)
- Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time (Rabindranath Tagore)
- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it (Aristotle)
- Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all (Aristotle)
- Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today (Malcolm X)
- If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people (Confucius)
- Anyone who stops learning is old whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young (Henry Ford)
- Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education (Alice waters)
- Education is too important to be left solely to the educators (Francis Keppel, an American Educator)
- I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn (Albert Einstein)
- The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination (Albert Einstein)
- Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school (Albert Einstein)
- Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire (William Butler Yeats)
- Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself (John Dewey, American Educational Reformer)
- True education is to learn how to think, not what to think (Jiddu Krishnamurti)
- What we learn with joy we never forget.
On Attitude & Thoughts
- The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude (Oprah Winfrey)
- Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are (Arthur Golden)
- Satisfaction is not a degree to possess all your life. It’s a mediation, a thought for which one needs to keep working all his life!
- Always be more than you appear and never appear to be more than you are (Angela Merkel)
- It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, but our choices. (Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter)
- You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks (Winston Churchill)
- இதுவும் கடந்து போகும் (This too shall pass)
On Making a Difference
- Vision without action is merely a dream: action without vision is merely passing time: but vision and action together can change the world (J.J. Irani)
- What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make (Jane Goodall)
- Help young people. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world (Jack Ma)
- Don’t worry about what happened to others. Write your own story. Unfold your own myth.
- If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
- He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly (James Allen)
Marianne Williamson (American author, Spiritual leader, Politician, and Activist)
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Man in the arena by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (26th president of the United States of America)
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
The Brook by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Men may come & men may go but I go on forever
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference.
Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Sacred Emily by Gertrude Stein
Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.
Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats
Heard melodies are sweet, those unheard are sweeter.
If You Think You are Beaten by Walter D. Wintle
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the word we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will,
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outcasted, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
If by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Where The Mind Is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
On Ethics (Right and Wrong)
- Stand up for what is right even if you are standing alone.
- To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
- The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. (Coco Chanel)
- நெற்றிக்கண் திறப்பினும் குற்றம் குற்றமே (A mistake is a mistake even if committed by God)