We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
—H. G. Wells
I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then — whoosh, and I'm gone... and they'll never see anything like it ever again... and they won't be able to forget me — ever.
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential
Most of us continue to work for wages in a highly unequal social system that denies us meaningful work and a decent return for our labor. That simple fact defines a set of common interests of immense democratic potential.
Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Acknowledging fear is not a cause for depression or discouragement. Because we possess such fear, we also are potentially entitled to experience fearlessness. True fearlessness is not the reduction of fear; but going beyond fear.
—Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground.
Those whom the Gods would destroy, they first call promising.
That's the tragedy of falling in love; it brings with it the potential for loss.
—Sarah Rayner in One Morning
Greatness is more than potential. It is the execution of that potential. Beyond the raw talent. You need the appropriate training. You need the discipline. You need the inspiration. You need the drive.
—Eric A. Burns
The idea of perfect closes your mind to new standards. When you drive hard toward one ideal, you miss opportunities and paths, not to mention hurting your confidence. Believe in your potential and then go out and explore it; don't limit it.
—Lois McMaster Bujold
Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.