The point, as Marx saw it, is that dreams never come true.
If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it only you.
In my day, we didn’t have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
Now the alternative to despair is courage. And human life can be viewed as a continuous struggle between these two options. Courage is the capacity to affirm one’s life in spite of the elements which threaten it. The fact that courage usually predominates over despair in itself tells us something important about life. It tells you that the forces that affirm life are stronger than those that negate it.
There are only two ways by which to rise in this world, either by one’s own industry or by the stupidity of others.
I was once asked if a big business man ever reached his objectives. I replied that if a man ever reached his objective he was not a big business man.
The sensibility of man to trifles, and his insensibility to great things, indicates a strange inversion.