Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.
~Napoleon Hill (1883–1970), American author. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies).
Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.
Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.
You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
~Heraclitus, Fragment 41, quoted by Plato in Cratylus
Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.
~Richard Hooker, as quoted in the preface of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1755)
There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place.
~Washington Irving, Tales of a Traveler (1824), Preface, p. 7. Washington Irving, (1783 — 1859), writer called the “first American man of letters.” He is best known for the short stories “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow“ and “Rip Van Winkle.”
Have you ever been so clever
You visited the Land of Never?
“Never will I eat the foods that make me fat,
Never will I say those awful words
Like Heckedy Schmekedy drat,”
Or in a moment of practiced pique
When your bottom’s fallen in the creek:
“Never ever will I do that again,
No horse could drag me through that glen,”
Or when your friend and you
have a falling out,
A spat where you cross your arms and shout,
“That’s it, never will I be your friend!
Never! Never! Never! The End!” . . .
it’s not the end,
now is it?
You’ll eat the pie despite the pounds and zits,
You’ll say some awful things
Because they have a righteous ring,
You’ll take that trip to somewhere far away,
Smiling as you wipe off spray,
You’ll call your friends
And make amends,
You’ll say, “Did I say ‘Never’”?
For me that’s far too clever.
Let’s take a walk
Around the block,
Pluck a dandelion on the fly,
Pick out Orion in the sky.
Whatever we may endeavor
Let’s steer clear
Of the Land of Never.”
The defiance of established authority, religious and secular, social and political, as a world-wide phenomenon may well one day be accounted the outstanding event of the decade.
~Hannah Arendt, Crises of the Republic, “Civil Disobedience” (1969)
From all these indignities, such as the very beasts of the field would not endure, you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free. Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.
~Étienne de La Boétie, Discourse on Voluntary Servitude (1548)
Étienne de La Boétie
Closely allied with this earnest longing to see and know the truth, is a
kind of dignified and princely sentiment which forbids a mind, naturally well
constituted, . . . to yield obedience to any orders but such as are at once just,
lawful, and founded on utility.
~Cicero, De Officiis, Book 1, §13
God gave them his blessing and said: “Have a lot of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control.”
Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, since she was unable to have children. The LORD was moved by his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and don’t try to stop them! People who are like these children belong to God’s kingdom.”
My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the righteous One.