One who acts naturally

One who tries to stand on tiptoe cannot stand still. One who stretches his legs too far cannot walk. One who advertises himself too much is ignored. One who is too insistent on his own view finds few to agree with him. One who claims too much credit does not get even what he deserves. One who is too proud is soon humiliated. These are condemned as extremes of greediness and self-destructive activity. Therefore, one who acts naturally avoids such extremems.

~ the Book of Tao


“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

The one who smiles

Better to be the one who smiled than the one who didn’t smile back.

~ unknown

Give it a try

“It’s impossible,” said pride.
“It’s risky,” said experience.
“It’s pointless,” said reason.
“Give it a try,” whispered the heart.

~ unknown

Not going to stay

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

~ unknown

Don’t underestimate yourself

The size of your problems is nothing compared with your ability to solve them.
Don’t overestimate your problems, and underestimate yourself.

~ unknown

Now or never

Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, no time out. Sometimes it is now or never.

~ unknown

View from the top

When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.

~ unknown

Constant craving

The pain I endure became the pleasure I constantly crave.

~ unknown