Credulity is the man’s weakness, but the child’s strength.
I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom–as something they thought was almost a necessity. It’s as if at that moment the iron entered their soul that moment created the resilience that leaders need.
You will make all kinds of mistakes but as long as you are generous and true and fierce you cannot hurt the world, or even seriously distress her.
A homeless person said, ‘I haven’t had anything to eat for two days.’ I said, ‘I wish I had your willpower.’
The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.