To change one’s life: Begin now. Be bold. No exceptions.
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
Earnestness means willingness to live with energy, though energy bring pain. The pain may be pain to other people or pain to one’s self — it makes little difference; for when the strenuous mood is on one, the aim is to break something, no matter whose or what. Nothing annihilates an inhibition as irresistibly as...
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
We know the meaning so long as no one asks us to define it.
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.
Our environment encourages us not to be philosophers but partisans.
If any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.
Genius… means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
Pragmatism asks its usual question. “Grant an idea or belief to be true,” it says, “what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone’s actual life? How will the truth be realized? What experiences will be different from those which would obtain if the belief were false? What, in short, is the truth’s cash-value...
Now, my dear little girl, you have come to an age when the inward life develops and when some people (and on the whole those who have most of a destiny) find that all is not a bed of roses. Among other things there will be waves of terrible sadness, which last sometimes for days;...
It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.
It is as if there were in the human consciousness a sense of reality, a feeling of objective presence, a perception of what we may call ‘something there,’ more deep and more general than any of the special and particular ‘senses’ by which the current psychology supposes existent realities to be originally revealed. If this...
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
It does not follow, because our ancestors made so many errors of fact and mixed them with their religion, that we should therefore leave off being religious at all. By being religious we establish ourselves in possession of ultimate reality at the only points at which reality is given us to guard. Our responsible concern...
Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.
Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.