Frank McCourt, 'Tis
Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.
—Greta Garbo (via itsquoted)
To sit on rocks, to muse o’er flood and fell,
To slowly trace the forest’s shady scene,
Where things that own not man’s dominion dwell,
And mortal foot hath ne’er or rarely been;
To climb the trackless mountain all unseen,
With the wild flock that never needs a fold;
Alone o’er steeps and foaming falls to lean;
This is not solitude, ’tis but to hold
Converse with nature’s charms,
And view her stores unrolled.
—Lord Byron (via itsquoted)
Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Yonder palace was raised by single stones, yet you see its height and spaciousness. He that shall walk with vigour three hours a day will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe.
—Samuel Johnson (via itsquoted)
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
—Søren Kierkegaard (via itsquoted)
Nothing is impossible; there are ways which lead to everything; and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.
—François de La Rochefoucauld (via itsquoted)
Few men have imagination enough for the truth of reality.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (via itsquoted)
It has always seemed strange to me…The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
—John Steinbeck (Cannery Row)
If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
— Anatole France