Quotations About
accomplishment

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with — a man is what he makes of himself.

Interview with Bell published in How They Succeeded (1901) by Orison Swett Marden, Ch. 2.

If you want to go east, don’t go west.

Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments.

Posted in: Bryant McGill

If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevsky, all of us. Proof of that is that there are about three candidates for the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. But what is important is Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, not who wrote them, but that somebody did. The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important, since there is nothing new to be said. Shakespeare, Balzac, Homer have all written about the same things, and if they had lived one thousand or two thousand years longer, the publishers wouldn’t have needed anyone since.

Paris Review interview (1958)
Posted in: William Faulkner

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

Paris Review interview (1958)
Posted in: William Faulkner

The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)
Posted in: Dr. Seuss

I don’t know who my grandfather was. I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.

As quoted in The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln (1896) by Ida Tarbell
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Posted in: Abraham Lincoln

Phil Dunphy: What was on my mind as I was walking that wire? I was thinking, if I can do this… then I have two ways to cross the yard.

Phil on Wire (season 3, episode 3)
Posted in: Modern Family