Circumstances

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.

~ George Bernard Shaw

Plans

Plans get you into things, but you’ve got to work your way out.

~ Will Rogers

Willpower

The difference between a successful person and others is not a loack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

~ Vince Lombardi

Perspective

“The appearance of the bull changes when you enter the ring.” The matador’s point of view is different from the spectator’s.

~ Mexican proverb

Level of consciousness

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

~ Einstein

Inaction

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

~ Dale Carnegie

Realize you do not understand

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.

~ Lao Tzu

Courage, part 3

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

~ Erica Jong

Living virtuously

Ambition means tying your well-being to what other people say or do.
Self-indulgence means tying it to the things that happen to you.
Sanity means tying it to your own actions.

~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations