It is by what we ourselves have done, and not by what others have done for us, that we shall be remembered in after ages. The way to be safe is never to be secure. People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I do not believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they cannot find them, make them. Though no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end. A man may fall many times but he will not be a failure until he says someone pushed him.
Do not be afraid to take big steps. You cannot cross a chasm in two small jumps. Instead of seeing the rug being pulled from under us, we can learn to dance on a shifting carpet. Begin difficult things while they are easy. A thousand-mile journey begins with one step. You cannot pick cherries with your back to the tree. Only a mediocre person is always at his best. Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life, but define yourself. The way to be safe is never to be secure.