There is no miraculous change that takes place in a boy that makes him a man. He becomes a man by being a man.
One thing we learned. To make a start and keep plugging. When I had fights at school, the little while I went, I just bowed my neck and kept swinging until something hit the dirt. Sometimes it was me, but I always got up.
Topics: Perseverance, Endurance, Resolve
Trade is much superior to piracy. You can rob and kill a man but once, but you can cheat him again and again.
Any man can shoot a gun, and with practice he can draw fast and shoot accurately, but that makes no difference. What counts is how you stand up when somebody is shooting back at you.
Men strive for peace, but it is their enemies that give them strength, and I think if man no longer had enemies, he would have to invent them, for his strength only grows from struggle.
Topics: Adversity, Difficulties
Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.
A true gentleman is at a disadvantage in dealing with women. Women are realist, and their tactics are realistic, so no man should be a gentleman where women are concerned unless the women are very, very young. Women admire gentlemen, and sleep with cads.
Topics: Men & Women
When I was a small boy I often went to the woods to lie on the grass in the shade. Somehow I had come to believe the earth could give me wisdom, but it did not. Yet I learned a little about animals and learned it is not always brave to make a stand. It is often foolish. There is a time for courage and a time for flight.
A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one’s life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself.
Topics: The Mind
We accept the verdict of the past until the need for change cries out loudly enough to force upon us a choice between the comforts of further inertia and the irksomeness of action.
Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and the movements and changes in the world around him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, ‘This I am today; that I will be tomorrow.’ The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds.
Topics: Self-Discovery, Tomorrow, The Future, Self-reliance, Confidence, Attitude
Long ago I learned nothing gets done by just wishing it. You have to do it.
I would not sit waiting for some vague tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime, and find nothing at the end of the waiting. I would begin here, I would make something happen.
Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.
There have always been hard times. There have always been wars and troubles
The wind was cold off the mountains and I was a naked man with enemies behind me and nothing before me but hope.
To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
A mountain man tries to live with the country instead of against it.
The one law that does not change is that everything changes, and the hardship I was bearing today was only a breath away from the pleasures I would have tomorrow, and those pleasures would be all the richer because of the memories of this I was enduring.
Topics: Change, Difficulty
To exist is to adapt, and if one could not adapt, one died and made room for those who could.
You can’t tight the desert… you have to ride with it.
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