"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."
-- Vincent Van Gogh
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. Not something to wish for, but to attain."
-- William Jennings Bryan
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” -- Marie Curie
"One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself."
-- Leonardo da Vinci
"The beautiful is the ugly." -- Kathe Kollwitz
"Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know."
-- Rembrandt van Rijn
"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery." -- Francis Bacon
"Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle." -- Lewis Carroll
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand."
-- Woodrow Wilson.
"Even at best, talent remains a constant, and those who rely upon that gift alone, without developing further, peak quickly and soon fade to obscurity.”
-- David Bayles and Ted Orland
"Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings." -- Ralph Blum
"One must have at least a readiness to love the other person, broadly speaking, if one is to be able to understand him." -- Rollo May
"...once I gave up the hunt for villains, I had little recourse but to take responsibility for my choices ...Needless to say, this is far less satisfying than nailing villains. It also turned out to be more healing in the end..." -- Barbara Brown Taylor
"One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil." --Nietzsche
"There is scarcely any passion without struggle." -- Albert Camus
"One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one's capacity."
-- Auguste Renoir
"If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."
"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it." -- Salvador Dali