With peace of mind a poor man is rich; without it, a rich man is poor.
First keep yourself in peace, and then you will be able to pacify others.
A peaceable man does more than a learned one. ~ Thomas a Kempis
Nothing can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not: Thousands with talents are drifters.
Genius will not: Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not: The world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence alone solves all the world’s big problems.
the sister of patience,
the daughter of constancy,
the friend of peace,
the cementer of friendship,
the bond of harmony
and the bulwark of holiness.
~ Bernard of Clairvaux, The Song of Songs
The men I have seen succeed
have always been cheerful and hopeful,
who went about their business with a smile on their faces,
and took the changes and chances to this mortal life like men.
you must think about yourself;
about what you want,
what you like,
what respect people ought to pay you,
what people think of you,
and then to you nothing will be pure.
you will make sin and misery out of everything God sends you;
you can be as wretched as you choose.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. ~ John Quincy Adams
Learning from an 11-year old
In 1983, when he was 11 years old, Trevor Farrel saw a television programme about the plight of homeless people in Philadelphia, about 18 miles from his home. He persuaded his parents to drive there with a blanket and pillow to give to a homeless person. Each night after that they drove into the city, until they had nothing left to give away.