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If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Though attributed to Saint-Exupéry in several business self-help books, no example written by Saint-Exupéry has been found. See wikiquote for more discussion on the matter.
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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.

Better one byrde in hand than ten in the wood.

Proverbes. Part i. Chap. xi.
Posted in: John Heywood

Slight not what’s near through aiming at what’s far.

Rhesus. 482.
Posted in: Euripides

I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.

As reported in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/), July 27 2012
Posted in: Mark Spitz

It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.

As reported in The Huffington Post, July 27 2012
Posted in: Carl Lewis

Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.

As reported in The Huffington Post, July 27 2012
Posted in: Andre Agassi

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

As reported in The Huffington Post, July 27 2012.
Posted in: Wilma Rudolph

Don’t keep forever on the public road. Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something you have never seen before, and something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the result of thought.

As quoted in "The Chemistry of Life" by Ralph Whiteside Kerr in Rosicrucian Digest (1947) p. 131

Princess Merida: Mom, you’ll never guess what I did, today!
Queen Elinor: What’s that dear?
Princess Merida: I climbed up the Crown’s Tooth and drank from the fire falls.
King Fergus: Did you, now? They say only the Ancient Kings were brave enough to drink the fire.

Posted in: Brave

It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be that we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are —
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Ulysses (1842)
Posted in: Alfred Tennyson

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

Homer: Trying is the first step towards failure.

Posted in: The Simpsons

Fail I alone, in words and deeds?
Why, all men strive and who succeeds?

"The Last Ride Together" (1859)
Posted in: Robert Browning

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?

Men and Women, "Andrea del Sarto" (1855)
Posted in: Robert Browning

When the fight begins within himself,
A man ‘s worth something.

Men and Women, "Bishop Blougram's Apology" (1855)
Posted in: Robert Browning

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.

Song of Solomon (1977)
Posted in: Toni Morrison

It is the glory and merit of some men to write well, and of others, not to write at all.

The Theophrastus of France, 1688.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Posted in: Confucius

And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.

Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Posted in: Neil Gaiman

Everyone must dream. We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming — well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate. Isn’t that true?

The Hundred Secret Senses (1995)
Posted in: Amy Tan

Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.

Personal Impressions of America (Leadville) (1883)
Posted in: Oscar Wilde

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

I came to realize that exaggerated concern about what others are doing can be foolish. It can paralyze effort, and stifle a good idea. One finds that in the history of science almost every problem has been worked out by someone else. This should not discourage anyone from pursuing his own path.

The Wind and Beyond, 1967

If you are a dreamer,
Come in.
If you are a dreamer,
A wisher,
A liar,
A hoper,
A prayer,
A magic-bean-buyer,
If you’re a pretender,
Come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in! Come in!

Posted in: Shel Silverstein