"If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world."
- Francis Bacon
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
- E.E. Cummings
"Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise."
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened."
- Winston S. Churchill
"The unexamined life is not worth living."
"The reality of what we really are is often times found in the small snips, way down at the bottom of things"
- Jean Shepherd
"Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves."
- Walter Anderson
"Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living."
- Jonathan Safran Foer
"Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
- Alexander Graham Bell
"In this world of change, nothing which comes stays, and nothing which goes is lost."
- Anne Sophie Swetchine