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.
Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
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.
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?
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.
If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.
When the fight begins within himself,
A man ‘s worth something.
Fail I alone, in words and deeds?
Why, all men strive and who succeeds?
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.
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.
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.
Better one byrde in hand than ten in the wood.
It is the glory and merit of some men to write well, and of others, not to write at all.
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.
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.
It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.
I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.
Homer: Trying is the first step towards failure.
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.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
If you are a dreamer,
If you are a dreamer,
If you’re a pretender,
Come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in! Come in!
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?
Slight not what’s near through aiming at what’s far.
A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with — a man is what he makes of himself.
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.