When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing can work me damage except myself; the harm that I sustain I carry about with me, and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault.
We call it the moral sentiment. As we are, so we do; and as we do, so it is done to us; we are the builders of our fortunes.
The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
Time and space are but physiological colors which the eye makes, but the soul is light; where it is, is day; where it was, is night; and history is an impertinence and an injury, if it be any thing more than a cheerful apologue or parable of my being and becoming.