Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. The rich substance of the Universe is yours to do with as you wish. Why settle for so little in life when you can have so much, just be daring to be different in your thinking. It is better to light a small candle than to curse the darkness. I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. The difference between doers and dreamers is that the latter wait for the mood before taking action while the former create the mood by acting.

First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they will eventually conquer you. A man may fall many times but he will not be a failure until he says someone pushed him. An objective without a plan is a dream. You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures. You cannot pick cherries with your back to the tree. Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.

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. Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore. Instead of seeing the rug being pulled from under us, we can learn to dance on a shifting carpet. Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. It is better to light a small candle than to curse the darkness.