The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.
To live would be an awful big adventure.
J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
As is a tale, so is life; not how long it is, but how good it is—is what matters.
What we achieve inwardly will change outward reality.
There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction.
J. K. Rowling (at Harvard University, delivering commencement speech. June 2008)
What is man? A miserable little pile of secrets.
Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.
Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day.
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.