Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others.
~Francois duc de la Rochefoucauld
How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
~John Quincy Adams
One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.
Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.
When a man takes an oath... he's holding his own self in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then - he needn't hope to find himself again.
Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.
~Norman Vincent Peale
One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.
You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough.
Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.~William Shakespeare