religion can be real only to those who are engaged
in ceaseless efforts at moral improvement. By
moving upward we acquire faith in an upward movement,
-- Felix Adler
yourself responsible for a higher standard than
anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
-- Henry Ward Beecher
cannot afford to settle for being just average;
we must learn as much as we can to be the best
that we can. The key word is education -- education
with maximum effort. Without it, we cannot be
in charge of ourselves or anyone else.
-- Bill Cosby
cannot hope to build a better world without improving
the individuals. To that end each of us must work for
his or her own improvement, and at the same time share
a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular
duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most
-- Marie Curie
not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep
trying to do the best you can every day.
not to become a man of success but rather try
to become a man of value.
-- Albert Einstein
have to do the best we can. This is our sacred
-- Albert Einstein
you try to do something beyond what you have already
mastered, you will never grow."
~ Ralph Waldo
at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,
and let every new year find you a better man.
-- Benjamin Franklin
human beings, our greatness lies not so much in
being able to remake the world ... as in being
able to remake ourselves." -- Mohandas
difference between what we do and what we are
capable of doing would suffice to solve most of
the world's problems”
-- Mohandas K.
"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much
in being able to remake the world -- that is the
myth of the 'atomic age' -- as in being able to
remake ourselves." -- Mohandas
is only one corner of the universe you can be certain
of improving, and that’s your own self.
~ Aldous Huxley
“When we do the best that
we can, we never know what miracle is wrought
in our life, or in the life of another.”
-- Helen Keller
do not want to die until I have faithfully made
the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that
was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.
-- Kathe Kollwitz
“I do the very best I know how, the very best
I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the
-- Abraham Lincoln
is hardly possible to overrate the value, for
the improvement of human beings, of things which
bring them into contact with persons dissimilar
to themselves and with modes of thought and action
unlike those with which they are familiar... It
is indispensable to be perpetually comparing [one's]
own notions and customs with the experience and
example of persons in different circumstances...
There is no nation which does not need to borrow
-- John Stuart Mill
Blaming someone else rather than looking at your
own stuff. Putting your inferior shadow on someone
-- Lynne Namka
you get by achieving your goals is not as important
as what you become by achieving your goals.
-- Henry David
improvement of life was only accomplished to the
extent to which it was based on a change of consciousness,
that is, to the extent to which the law of violence
was replaced in men's consciousness by the law of
-- Leo Tolstoy
believe that any man's life will be filled with
constant and unexpected encouragement, if he makes
up his mind to do his level best each day, and
as nearly as possible reaching the high water
mark of pure and useful living.
-- Booker T.
kind of national goal we ought to be thinking
about is way beyond national product - it is how
do we as a nation help our children be the best
kinds of people they could possibly be?
-- Paul Wellstone
*In order for us to create peace in
the world, we have to bring it back to ourselves
first. In order for peace to begin in us, we have
to begin to notice our own thoughts, our own feelings
and the patterns that we are perpetuating in our
own lives, and begin to correct that step-by-step
in order to have a wider impact in our community
or in the world at large.