Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue... as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.
"I tell you, the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
-Vincent Van Gogh
"Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and that which is done in love is done well." -- Vincent Van Gogh
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Harold Whitman
"real strength does not impair harmony or beauty, but often bestows it."
-Herman Melville, Moby Dick
"and we went outside to once more see the stars"