Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Our grand business in life is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

 

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome.

William James (1842 – 1910)

It takes less time to do a thing right than if does to explain why you did it wrong.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

Pearl S. Buck (1892 – 1972)

One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.

Ruth Reichl