Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
Science may have found a cure for most evils; but is has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
The one resolution, which was in my mind long before it took the form of a resolution, is the key-note of my life. It is this, always to regard as mere impertinences of fate the handicaps which were placed upon my life almost at the beginning. I resolved that they should not crush or dwarf my soul, but rather be made to blossom, like Aaron's rod, with flowers.
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
There is no lovelier way to be thankful for your sight than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark.
The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.