“Until one is committed, there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising to one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would come her way. Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake…”
“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs…”
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
“If you don’t have a good sense of personal sovereignty…”
“If you don’t have a good sense of personal sovereignty, someone can change your feelings about yourself.”
“The pessimist complains about the wind…”
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”