Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.
Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case.
Whatever universe a professor believes in must at any rate be a universe that lends itself to lengthy discourse. A universe definable in two sentences is something for which the professorial intellect has no use. No faith in anything of that cheap kind!
The most any one can do is to confess as candidly as he can the grounds for the faith that is in him, and leave his example to work on others as it may.
A paradise of inward tranquility seems to be faith's usual result.
It makes a tremendous emotional and practical difference to one whether one accepts the universe in the drab discolored way of stoic resignation to necessity, or with the passionate happiness of Christian saints.
In the deepest heart of all of us there is a corner in which the ultimate mystery of things works sadly.
Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
Wisdom is learning what to overlook.
Every way of classifying a thing is but a way of handling it for some particular purpose.
Where quality is the thing sought after, the thing of supreme quality is cheap, whatever the price one has to pay for it.
If the grace of God miraculously operates, it probably operates through the subliminal door.
As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.
No particular results then, so far, but only an attitude of orientation, is what the pragmatic method means. The attitude of looking away from first things, principles, 'categories,' supposed necessities; and of looking towards last things, fruits, consequences, facts.
Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us; our hour of triumph is what brings the void. Not the Jews of the captivity, but those of the days of Solomon's glory are those from whom the pessimistic utterances in our Bible come.
We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar....Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out.
A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity.
Freedom is only necessity understood.
If things are ever to move upward, some one must take the first step, and assume the risk of it. No one who is not willing to try charity, to try non-resistance as the saint is always willing, can tell whether these methods will or will not succeed.
Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout.
Inferiority is always with us, and merciless scorn of it is the keynote of the military temper.
Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.